Sunday, December 27, 2009

Google Street View stops about 500 metres north of the 49th parallel

I am looking at Google Street View for some of the major places in Canada.  Southeast of the Vancouver area, Google Street View stops about 500 metres north of the 49th parallel.  If you live on Zero Avenue right along the border (but on the Canadian side), you will not see your own home.  It seems you live in the buffer zone where Google Street (View) life does not exist.

Google Street View does get close to the Canadian border from the American side in many cases.  However, US border officials and indivividual vehicles are not identified.

Here are some examples of Canada's Google Street View that stops about 500 north of the unofficial DMZ between the north and south:

Southeast of Vancouver on 172 Street


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English Bluff Road, Delta BC


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Does our Canadian government want to hide our border from us?

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Go to Basel, Switzerland if you want some Google Street views very close to the French and German borders.  Remember to click and drag the little orange human to the street that you want to view.

Update: Rouses Point, New York: Hwy 276:


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6 comments:

Torontonian said...

There is another situation like these in Boisbriand Quebec. There is a Hasidic community living there and the street views go only so far then come to a stop.

I think it may have something to do with the area where worship and education take place.

The Hasidim were kind enough to allow some photos and may have asked Google to respect their privacy.

Try this in Google Maps:

Rue Beth-Halevy Boisbriand

You'll find out what I'm talking about. Maybe the same thing applies here except the border officers on both sides want some
secrecy about the area.

Skinny Dipper said...

Interesting, Torontonian.

Skinny Dipper said...

Go to New York Hwy 276 to get next to the border.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=vermont&sll=49.891235,-97.15369&sspn=34.74753,91.669922&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Vermont,+United+States&ll=45.009659,-73.400173&spn=0.037076,0.089521&t=h&z=14

Skinny Dipper said...

It's near Rouses Point, New York.

Torontonian said...

You may notice that the Boisbriand street view has absolutey nobody on the streets. It's as if the Hasidim knew when the Google car was going to come by and they decided to stay indoors during that time.

It was that that convinced me that there was a co-operation of the two parties.

BrightenedBoy said...

It must be so strange to live very close to a national border. Would the communities on either side be close, or would the different sovereignties keep them separate?