Offering finer detail than satellite imagery, aerial photographs continue to be used today in map-making, urban and rural planning, environmental impact studies, civil law cases, and real estate evaluations. Natural Resources Canada houses the Government of Canada’s National Air Photo Library.
National Air Photo Library
The National Air Photo Library (NAPL) of Natural Resources Canada archives over 6 million aerial photographs covering all of Canada, some of which date back to the 1920s.
The NAPL indexes and stores federal aerial photography for Canada, and maintains a comprehensive historical archive and public reference centre.
For more information on products and services, please contact National Air Photo Library.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, please note that the National Air Photo Library is closed until further notice. The orders can still be submitted through the EODMS website, but will not be processed until our employees are back to our offices – once we resume operations, we will proceed the orders according to the queue. You may also contact us at: NRCan.napl-pna.RNCan@canada.ca. Thanks.
Online search for aerial photographs
The Earth Observation Data Management System (EODMS) online application 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 EODMS online application allows clients to search and retrieve metadata for over 3 million out of 6 million air photos.
The EODMS 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 National Air Photo Library (NAPL).
To access air photos, you can visit the Earth Observation Data Management System.
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