The National Air Photo Library is open for public access from Monday to Friday, 1pm to 4pm.
Dear NAPL Customers,
If you are ordering photos from the northern part of Canada, i.e., above the 60th parallel of latitude, please verify your choice of air photos with NAPL staff before submitting your order. This request is necessary due to the number of errors we are finding with previously input flight line data for the north. The map projection creates spatial distortion as you move further north and air photo footprint displacement is therefore more apparent in these areas. Your attention to this request will ensure that you will receive the correct air photos for your application. Thank you.
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.
NAPL On-Line 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. NAPL On-Line 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 On-line Search Instructions.