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Google, Cody Ceci map Rideau Canal for Streetview

An assist from Cody Ceci for Google.

The Senators defenceman made history Thursday afternoon by helping the web giant "map" the Rideau Canal Skateway for Streetview.

Wearing a Google toque, a Sens jersey and a 40 lb device that captures a 360 degree view of the canal, Cody Ceci began a slow skate, pushing Spartacat in a sleigh.

"It's definitely pretty neat, just to be part of the whole experience," said Ceci, following his skate. "Growing up I skated on the Canal as a kid, so it's cool to be part of something like this, and I guess, years from now I can look back at it and look at it on the internet and say I was the one carrying that camera."

Ceci only mapped 1 km near the National Arts Centre and Google did the rest all the way to Dow's Lake.

"This is really exciting for us, because this is kind of an icon of Ottawa culture and part of Ottawa's heritage and it's a great opportunity to share this amazing part of Ottawa's culture with not only Canadians, but the world," said Aaron Brindle, a Google mapping expert with Google Canada. "It's a chance to see what the city looks like in the winter time. So much of our Streetview imagery shows Ottawa in the summer and it's beautiful and sunny, but I think it's just as vibrant in the middle of February."

Brindle said it's part of a bid to give people a virtual tour of some of Canada's most beautiful sites.

"We have a great relationship with Parks Canada and with the NCC and we're working, actually to collect Streetview imagery from all of Parks Canada's Parks and heritage sites, or national historic sites, and this is part of that effort."

It could take a few months before the Rideau Canal pops up on Google Streetview.

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