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Hey everyone,

Just thought I'd share some of the tools I've been using to look for hunting and fishing spots. I found a couple of these sites via threads on NSH and have found them very helpful. There's no substitute for the good ol' NS Atlas and boots on the ground, but online exploring is a powerful tool for maximizing your time in the field. If I've left off any good ones, feel free to add them to the list.

Google Earth and Google Maps - http://www.google.com/earth/index.html / http://maps.google.ca

Probably the best of the bunch, even if some of the aerials aren't as current as Bing. The measuring tool is great for estimating distances to houses, etc. It may not show recent developments, so always use double-check to be sure. Intuitive and easy to use.

Bing Maps - http://www.bing.com/maps/

Tends to have better aerial photos than Google Maps, at least where I've been looking, but the interface is less user-friendly. I also get a lot more display glitches with Bing than Google.

Viewpoint - http://www.viewpoint.ca

Useful for finding property lines and identifying parcels of land (not ownership though). Appears to use the same photos as Google Earth.

Toporama - http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/toporama

Just topos, no aerials, but a fantastic, free resource that lets you print off your own custom topo maps. I find it slow to load lately, but that could just be my Internet connection.

Property Online - http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/access/land/property-online.asp

This one requires a subscription to use, or knowing someone with a subscription, or just going into the local Access NS office and paying a few bucks. Hint: a LOT of people have subscriptions to this. If you know a real estate agent or a lawyer or a developer, chances are you know someone with access. Great for determining out who owns what.

Canada Topo Maps Free - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.atlogis.camaps.free&hl=en

This is an Android app, and I've just started playing around with it. My initial thought is that it just doesn't work well on a smartphone screen. Better on a tablet though.

Happy online exploring!
 

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Good call, DaneNav. I've used Viewpoint a fair bit, but forgot to include it. Just edited the above list to add it. It is indeed handy for figuring out property boundaries, if not ownership.
 
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