Satellite Facilities

Canada has the second largest landmass and the longest coastline of any country in the world.  Observing Canada’s territory from space, including the Arctic, is a powerful and cost effective tool to monitor our land, water and borders. From space, satellites can provide information on:

  • Natural resources
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Shipping and navigation
  • Safety, sovereignty and security

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has been managing satellite station facilities in collaboration with the private sector since 1972. NRCan’s satellite station facilities are strategically located across Canada to ensure coverage of Canada’s landmass and waters.  These facilities include:

Together these three stations provide satellite imagery coverage of all areas of Canada. In addition coverage extends into the continental United States and over all three oceans (Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic).

 

Coverage provided by NRCan’s satellite ground station receiving stations is shown below:

This image shows a view of the earth from the perspective of the North Pole extending into North America
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View of the earth from the perspective of the North Pole extending into North America

This image shows a view of the earth from the perspective of the North Pole extending into North America. Overlaid on the map are the 3 coverage circles (i.e. the area of the earth that can be seen by a satellite as it passes overhead). The Gatineau Satellite station can see the eastern half of North America extending into the Atlantic and Hudson’s Bay. The Inuvik Satellite station can see the western part of Canada and Alaska as well as the Arctic excluding Greenland. The Prince Albert Satellite station can see a large part of Canada excluding the eastern seaboard and Alaska.

 

For more information on the satellite facilities please contact: Robert Gould  robert.gould@canada.ca