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Aerial Photography

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County Coverage   |   Urban Coverage   |   Digital Coverage   |   Special Collections


The Map and Data Centre currently holds about 60,000 paper air photos, focusing primarily on London and Southern Ontario. Holdings include photos dating from 1922 to 2001 and are filed primarily by county. Urban areas are very often found within the county coverage (ex. the town of Strathroy is included in Middlesex County).  Specific urban places are also filed separately for quick reference, and are listed below. Air photos can be scanned at our GIS and scanning workstation at a resolution of your choice (up to 600dpi).  Patrons should be aware of what can and cannot be copied by reviewing the Canadian Copyright Act. Copies of the Act and the agreement with the University are posted in the Map and Data Centre. Please be aware that a 50 year copyright restriction applies.

We ask that once you are finished examining or scanning an air photo please DO NOT refile it.  It should be left either on top of the air photo filing cabinets or in the return basket near the workstation.

Filed with each set is a detailed flight line index to help locate specific aerial photographs. If you experience difficulty in finding your area of interest, it may be helpful to examine an National Topographic Series (NTS) 1:50,000 map or an Ontario Base Map (OBM) 1:10,000 map to pinpoint the exact location. This can be compared to the flight line index to determine whether or not your area of interest is included in our coverage. The following lists indicate the extent of our coverage.

County Coverage by Time Period

Click on the year-range to see our coverage for that period. The extent of air photo coverage held by the Map & Data Centre is indicated by means of shading.
 

Local County Coverage

County

Year

Bruce 2010 2006
Chatham-Kent 2010 2006 2001
Elgin 2010
Essex 2013 2010 2008 2006 2004 2000
Grey 2010 2006
Huron 2010 2006
Lambton 2010
Middlesex 2010 2006 1999-2003
Oxford 2010 2006 2000
Perth 2010
Wellington 2010 2006 2000
* Microsoft Silverlight is required for many of these mapping applications.

Ontario Urban Coverage

In addition to county coverage, the following urban places are filed separate from their respective county for quick reference. If you are looking for more current aerial photos, they can be viewed on the City of London's website via the Original City Map.

City of London

View Index View Index and Download Photos*
2001 (F) 1965 (P / Geo)
1998 (F) 1964 (Oblique)
1993 (F) 1960 (P / Geo)
1989 (F) 1955 (F / Geo)
1982 (F) 1954 (F / Geo)
1978 (P) 1950 (F / Geo)
1974 (F) 1946 (P / Geo)
1972 (P) 1945 (F / Geo)
1971 (F) 1942 (F)
1970 (P) 1922 (F)
1968 (Oblique)
1967 (F)

Note: (F) indicates full city coverage; (P) indicates partial city coverage and (Oblique) refers to air photos that are taken at an angle. (Geo) indicates a georeferenced version of each air photo is available for download.

*50 year copyright restriction applies to air photos

Other Digital Aerial Photograph Coverage

The following sets are available in digital format and are either available ONLINE or stored at the reference desk on CD-ROMs.

In-Library Use Only

Online

Aerial photography suppliers:

Special Collections

The Map and Data Centre also holds poster sized aerial photography reproductions from the "Flying Camera" calendar series, published annually in Stuttgart, Germany. These visually stunning images vary in scale, geography and theme.  An online index is available to browse.

Satellite and Orthoimagery

Please visit the Geospatial Page for more details on these resources.


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