Photo: Victoria, B.C. July 18, 1946
Imagery provides a sense of the current state of a place, it is also a view into its past condition and this is critical to measuring the cumulative affects on the land. Government agencies, industry and private citizens can access digital versions of any of these images which provides visual context about how the province has developed and changed over the last 80 years.
In certain areas of British Columbia, we have aerial photography dating back as far as 1936, however photocentre information from 1936 to 1962 has not yet been captured in a digital format from the historical hardcopy indexes. Efforts are ongoing to digitize the coordinates of these historical photocentres so that they can be searched online.