When Google announced its new satellite imaging feature for its Google Maps application, I didn’t give it much thought. I’ve seen a few Keyhole-based satellite imagery sites before and they were always US only affairs. The northern border divided the imaged south from the vaccuous non-imaged void that was Canada.
Today, just following random google map links others had posted, I realized that Google Maps does indeed support Canadian satellite imagery.
It’s considerably less complete for Canada than it is for the states, but most major metropolitans are fairly well represented. There are strange gaps, like a good chunk of Toronto’s west-end, but most of the greater Toronto area is there.
There are about four small clouds over the entire Toronto image. It’s no surprise that I live I live right behind one of them. This seems appropriate, but I’m not sure why or how. Here’s where I work, not too far north from the Skydome and CN Tower.
You can tell that the image is quite old by the number of condos in front of the Skydome. The google shot shows four (just about to be completed) buildings along Front Street. There’s like ten of them now, mostly all complete. This was a partial view almost exactly one year ago to the day. The crazy assed OCAD building isn’t there either.
Anyway, here’s a peep at my life:
My high school – the address is wrong because it was pointing to the wrong place.
This is mostly where I grew up, with the massive Square One shopping centre to the northwest. I also lived in the building SE across the street from me. This whole area was grade two to grade ten for me and, to a lesser degree, my area through to my dropping out of university — when I lived just down a bit.
Where I went to University — literally across the whole fucking city (just imagine doing that commute everyday on public transit, two hours each way — no wonder I burned out). Also went here for school sometimes.
I think aliens are here.
Lastly, a plane caught in this shot of University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus. Can be seen here.