Historical Aerial Photographs

Black and white oblique aerial photograph looking northwest from Windmill Road towards the narrows and MacKay Bridge, showing 2 stacks at the Tuft's Cove generating Station, Shannon Park the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and across the Harbour to a demolished Africville and the Rockhead city prison lands.

Tufts Cove, Shannon Park and MacKay Bridge, [ca. 1973]. HMA 101-80C-1-4-H-44 (Atlantic Air Survey)

Halifax Municipal Archives has hundreds of aerial photographs, dating from the 1940s to the 2000s, that document significant changes to our landscape and built heritage. Here are a few ways to find them:

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Other Sources for Historical Aerial Photographs



The  Fly to the Past virtual exhibit was part of a Canada 150 Community Albums project funded by the Public Archives of Nova Scotia Board of Advisors, Nova Scotia Archives, and the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. The project supports searching within our album of aerial photos as well as across 21 albums from other archives in Nova Scotia. You can click on the digital images in the Virtual Exhibit to see full descriptions of each photograph, and zoom in to see incredible details in the aerial images.

Geo-referencing for the Historical Aerial Photographs Index Map was done by Dalhousie Master of Information student Jesse Burgess.