The loneliness of the long-distance Google Street View trekker – via MOTHERBOARD
It’s that time of the year when everything gets cold and sad, the deadlines are popping up, and your Halloween costume hasn’t been shipped yet. Instead of going for a stroll in your local 200-square-foot park to take a breather, now you can check out Canada’s most remote and northern park—it’s less than 800 kilometres away from the North Pole—through Google Street View.
Quttinirpaaq National Park is located on Ellesmere Island on the northernmost end of Nunavut—its name means “top of the world” in Inuktitut, the language of the local Indigenous communities. Less than 50 people visit the park each year due to its significant distance from the rest of the country—there are three landing sites where tourists can be dropped off after getting the proper permits, and they’re warned of the dangers of river crossings, avalanches, and local wildlife like polar bears. Hikes in the park can last from 9-12 days at a time.
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