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Engagement Hub for Place Name Changes Released

16 Jun 2021

A new engagement hub for Nova Scotians to contribute opinions and feedback about place name changes in our province has been released. The names on our maps are important because they help shape our identity by combining heritage, culture, and our sense of place. The new engagement hub offers an opportunity to have your voice heard!

Community engagement is important when new or changes to place names are proposed.

Check out the new Engagement Hub for Place Name Changes.

Recognizing Women with Canadian Place Names

8 Mar 2021

Recognizing Women with Canadian Place Names is an interactive map, developed by the Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC), that shows geographical features such as lakes, rivers, mountains, islands, parks, and other locations that have been named to commemorate women. Clickable points on the map display details about the name, including the story behind the name, along with an image and links to additional details where available. The map is available at

New Provincial LiDAR available

29 Oct 2020

The Province is releasing new LiDAR data that covers the majority of Central, Western and South West Nova Scotia including the Minas Basin and Sable Island. This LiDAR data includes LAZ point cloud data and various LiDAR derived products.

Provincial LiDAR available!

3 Jun 2020

The Province is releasing new LiDAR data that covers select parts of Cape Breton Island and Central Nova Scotia. This LiDAR data includes LAS point cloud data and various LiDAR derived products that are available free of charge and available with an unrestricted data licensing agreement.

NS Civic Address Finder update

24 Feb 2020

The updated Nova Scotia Civic Address Finder includes additional layers and functions. With an updated modern look and feel, users can easily navigate the map to an area of interest.

Nova Scotia Hydrographic Network (NSHN) – Now Available!

10 Feb 2020

The Nova Scotia Hydrographic Network (NSHN) geographic dataset is the authoritative source for Nova Scotia’s inland surface water. The NSHN is now available under an open data license and the shapefile may be downloaded at  The NSHN is also available on the Geographic Data Directory with DXF, MIF, GDB, & SHP products plus options for NAD83 (v3 or v6) and CGVD (1928 or 2013).

Nova Scotia Atlas – Seventh Edition Now Available

20 Jun 2019

The all new Nova Scotia Atlas, seventh edition is now available. The Nova Scotia Atlas contains
rich, detailed maps of Nova Scotia identifying boundaries, lakes, rivers, roads, parks, beaches,
and much more! This new edition includes the lake depths where known and even includes a
Romer – allowing map enthusiasts to know the exact coordinates of map features on the pages.
Updated and new protected areas, towers and windmills enhance the maps. Important for
outdoor recreation and navigation, the Nova Scotia Atlas is invaluable for exploring Nova

New photography and orthophotos of Pictou and Antigonish available

5 Apr 2019

In 2018 Government collected photography over Pictou County, Antigonish County & the northern portion of Guysborough County and it is now available along with 1:10,000 Digital Orthophoto mosaics for this same area. We hope to collect areas of Guysborough and Richmond during the Summer of 2019 so stay tuned for updates on that effort.