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.

Migrating from ATS77 to NAD83(CSRS) in Nova Scotia

5 Feb 2018

The installation of 40 ACSs across Nova Scotia between 2012 and 2015 enables the Province’s surveying and mapping Community to migrate to NAD83(CSRS) by addressing ongoing accuracy and accessibility needs.

GeoNOVA releases LiDAR and Elevation Data

8 Sep 2017

GeoNOVA is pleased to release LiDAR and elevation products with the latest version of DataLocator. DataLocator Elevation Explorer is an exciting new release of the popular DataLocator tool that focuses on Nova Scotia elevation products featuring the Nova Scotia LiDAR Point Cloud (raw LiDAR) and the Nova Scotia Elevation Dataset (includes 1m Digital Elevation Model). DataLocator allows users to easily find and download elevation data for free! This data is made available with an unrestricted data licence.

Provincial Government to Showcase Geomatics at NSCC-COGS Industry Expo

23 Feb 2017

On March 23, NSCC-COGS is holding an Industry Expo in Lawrencetown, NS.  Geographic Information Services, Department of Internal Services will be onsite to provide students with information about geomatics in action in the provincial government. Upcoming projects and opportunities for employment will also be shared.

Ken Power Brook - new official place name!

20 Jun 2016

Ever wonder how a place gets its name? The Province recently honored the memory of Sergeant Kenneth James Power, an RCAF search and rescue techician, by naming a brook in Cape Breton after him. The Commemorative Naming Ceremony took place on June 18th.  Ken Power Brook flows between Munro Lake and Lake Uist, Enon, Cape Breton County.

Did you know that commemorative name changes are community driven? Learn more about Nova Scotia Place Names.