It has been a very long time (too long, in fact) since I was last home. I have found that my memory of the geography of my hometown is fading somewhat as I struggle to remember the locations of stores and restaurants when I talk to family and friends from home.
As such, I was quite happy to come across Google Maps
. The service is still in beta, but it is incredible. It features a draggable map, route planner, and business locator for Canada and the United States. What is most amazing though, are the satelite maps which were just unveiled
on Monday. I was quite smitten with studying the images from home. It was nice to see some very familiar places and take a walk down memory lane.
Some further research led me to discover that folks are taking the Google satelite maps and combining them with Flickr
's ability to add notes directly to the image. The result has been tagged "memory map".
Here are some other links of interest for the map nerds (like me):Geocaching
Flickr Memory Maps
The Canadian Atlas Online
Canada at Scale: Maps of Our History