National Air Photo Library

The National Air Photo Library is open for public access from Monday to Friday, 1pm to 4pm.

Dear NAPL Customers,

As a result of a government wide web renewal exercise to improve user experience, the functionality of the National Air Photo Library online application (formerly ‘NAPL Online’) has been integrated into the NEODF (National Earth Observation Data Framework) Catalogue. The NEODF enables public and government users to search and order raw Government of Canada Earth Observation images and archived product managed by NRCan such as aerial photos and satellite imageries.

The National Air Photo Library (NAPL) of Natural Resources Canada archives over six million aerial photographs covering all of Canada, some of which date back to the 1920s. Aerial photographs have many practical uses, such as map compilation, urban and rural planning, environmental impact assessment, civil law cases, real-estate evaluation, outdoor recreation, and even wall art. NAPL indexes and stores federal aerial photography for Canada, and maintains a comprehensive historical archive and public reference centre.

The NEODF online application allows clients to search and retrieve metadata for over three million air photos using several criteria, including official place name, geographical coordinate, National Topographic System map number, or Roll and Photo number. NEODF online visually depicts the ’footprint’ of air photos on a seamless map background. After a search is completed, the air photos can be ordered from NAPL. For brief search instructions follow this link …. General Online Search Instructions.

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