• A Google Maps Street View team member walks through the Fortress of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia. (Photos courtesy of Parks Canada)

You can zoom in so close that you can almost taste the grass along the Skyline Trail of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. You can walk up dozens of stairs over rolling hills and take in the panoramic views of rocky cliffs and expansive ocean — without even losing your breath.

A partnership between Parks Canada and Google Maps Street View has just completed the first phase of a project to map out some of Canada’s most iconic natural and historical sites. Now, armed only with a few clicks and a computer, people around the world can explore Parks Canada sites from the reconstruction of a 1,000-year old Norse settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows at the northern tip of Newfoundland to the tree-lined trails of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve in British Columbia.

Next year the partnership will continue with Google sending out operators with the backpack-armed Trekker Street View cameras to explore more national heritage sites.

Try it out by taking a stroll through Nova Scotia's Fortress of Louisbourg below.

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Google partnered with Parks Canada to map many of Canada's historic sites, including Nova Scotia's Fortress of Louisbourg. (Photos courtesy of Parks Canada)

A member of the Google Maps Street View team takes in the sight at Mermaid Docks, Thousand Islands National Park, Ont. (Photos courtesy of Parks Canada)

People from across the world can now explore Cape Breton Highlands National Park online. (Photos courtesy of Parks Canada)