Aerial photographs are any photographs taken from airborne vehicles. They have many practical uses in areas such as map compilation, urban and rural planning, environmental impact assessment, property appraisal, construction progress documentation, outdoor recreation, research, and art. Aerial photographs can have an advantage over maps as they can be updated more frequently, are easier to create and reproduce, can be taken in remote locations, and clearly show development in an area over time.
Creator: Aero Surveys Limited
Creator: Department of Highways of Ontario
Creator: Northway Survey Corporation
Creator: Northway-Gestalt Corporation
Creator: Air Surveys Limited
Creator: Northway Photomap Incorporated
Creator: ATLIS Geomatics Incorporated
The Thunder Bay Archives and Records Centre preserves and digitizes the aerial photographs of the Fort William, Port Arthur, and Thunder Bay areas, and often reproduces older photographs to assist research done by members of the public. The aerial photographs housed in the Archives date back to 1949.
The photos here depict the development of the North and South Waterfront from 1959 to 2007. Photographs from 2002 and 2007, including composite aerials, are shown thanks to the City of Thunder Bay Planning Division.
For more information on this subject, or any other subject of interest, please visit or contact the City of Thunder Bay Archives.