Nova Scotia Archives



Maps — we've got 200,000 in our holdings! Family history researchers find them invaluable for locating family property, exploring the surrounding community, and learning more about settlement landscapes.

Historical Maps of Nova Scotia, available on this website, offers a variety of historical maps, charts and plans digitized from collections held at the Nova Scotia Archives.

Hopkin's City Atlas of Halifax, Nova Scotia (1876), also available on this website, is a set of early fire insurance plans detailing streets, buildings, property owners and fabrication details.

The Crown Lands Index Sheets, a series of maps showing the approximate location of all land grants in Nova Scotia, are available on the Nova Scotia Natural Resources website.

In addition to our selection of maps available on this website, we have over 1,000 other maps from around the province digitized and available on the 3rd floor public computers at the Nova Scotia Archives.

Additionally, there are many other maps that will interest the family history researcher available at the Nova Scotia Archives. Look at our library catalogue, especially the Maps Collection, to explore more possibilities for your family history research. See Hours and Location to plan a visit.

Among the most useful maps to explore at the Nova Scotia Archives are:

  • The A.F. Church Co. series of topographical county maps were produced between 1865 and 1889. There's one for each of Nova Scotia's eighteen counties, each map has inserts for larger towns and villages, and many individual property owners are identified.
  • Nova Scotia. Commissioner of Crown Lands. Plans, surveys and other records relating to Crown Land grants; 1753-1864. Known as RG 20 Series C, 'Black Boxes'.
  • William MacKay's 'Great Map' of 1834 was the first 'complete' and comprehensively-detailed map of Nova Scotia. There are 110 sheets in total, covering the entire province except for Cumberland County and Cape Breton Island.
  • A variety of fire insurance plans, late-1800's to mid-1900's, showing buildings, property owners and fabrication details for many larger towns and cities in Nova Scotia.