Google Street View captures the Rideau Canal

The Ottawa Senators' Cody Ceci skates the the Google Street View Trekker while pushing team mascot,...

The Ottawa Senators' Cody Ceci skates the the Google Street View Trekker while pushing team mascot, Spartacat, along the final kilometre of the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa on Thursday February 20, 2014.Darren Brown/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

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, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

It's been marched around the four corners of the world.

Now the Google Street View Trekker can add the Rideau Canal Skateway to the list of recorded sites thanks, in part to Ottawa Senators' Cody Ceci.

Ceci took the 40lbs Android-powered backpack, complete with 15 cameras, an accelerometer and a GPS device from the 0.0 marker just outside the National Arts Centre to the 1 km marker near the Corktown Footbridge at Somerset St. and back.

"Growing up I skated on the canal as a kid so it's cool to be a part of something like this. I guess years from now I can look back and say I was the one carrying (the Street View Trekker)," said Ceci.

For much of the journey, he was pushing team mascot, Spartacat, which Ceci said helped keep him stable traversing the uneven ice.

"(Spartacat) had a light lunch for me and I was able to push him and keep balance," Ceci said.

However, the real work was done by Google's Aaron Brindle, who skated the remainder of the skateway.

"We're working with Parks Canada, the National Capital Commission, to collect street view imagery from all the national parks (and) historic sites," said Brindle.

"It's a really cool way to see this country. What I've come to appreciate is that there are some really amazing parts of Canada I hadn't seen and I feel like Canadians haven't seen and this is a great way to experience it.

Online surfers can check out the footage of the Rideau Canal in a few weeks after the footage is compiled back in Google's California headquarters.


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