Online resources

McGill University Libraries

Blackader-Lauterman Library
McGill's Library of Architecture and Art, containing the bulk of the Urban Planning resources at McGill.
... Urban Planning Collection
... Electronic Resources for Urban Planning
... Catalogue of Supervised Research Projects

Walter Hitschfeld Geographic Information Centre
Houses McGill's Map Library. A primary focus of the library is Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a key component of the McGill School of Urban Planning.

Government Resources

For resources relating to the Montréal metropolitan region, see Montréal links.

Federal Government Ministries and Agencies

Government of Canada: general index site

Statistics Canada

Statistics Canada: Community Profile data

Natural Resources Canada: Topographic maps of Canada

CMHC - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation


Société d'habitation du Québec


Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Ontario Ministry of the Environment: Online maps and other resources

Ontario Parks

Canadian metropolitan areas

Québec urbain
Québec City Planning / Urban Design Division

City of Toronto
- Archives: image database
- Official Plan
- Ward profiles

U.S. metropolitan areas

City of Seattle
- Department of Neighborhoods
- Department of Planning and Development
- Department of Transportation
- Office of Housing

Miscellaneous U.S. Government Departments and Agencies

US Census Bureau: International Data Base (IDB)

Beyond North America

Basel-stadt (City of Basel, Switzerland)

Stadt Zürich (Switzerland)

European Commission: Environment Division

Maps and airphotos

Atlas of Canada (Natural Resources Canada)

Geoscience Data Repository (Natural Resources Canada)
An online collection of Earth Sciences geoscience databases

Canadian Air Photo Collection - Waite Aerial Photography
An excellent resource for oblique air photos of major and mid-sized urban centres

David Rumsey Map Collection

Deutscher Stadtplandienst - City maps (in German)

Discovering Montreal (Ville de Montréal)
Online thematic maps and borough maps in PDF format

Google Planimeter
Measure areas using Google Maps

Green Map System
'A locally directed, globally connected public relations service for community sustainability'

The Interactive Nolli Map Website

Library of Congress online map library

Navigateur Urbain
Hi-res orthophoto and multi-layer digital map of the Island of Montreal

NTS Canada online map index

Ontario online maps and other resources (Ontario Ministry of the Environment)

Radical Cartography

Topographic maps of Canada (Natural Resources Canada)

Online image databases

Metropolitan Design Center Image Bank, University of Minnesota
An online imagebank of 17000+ images mainly of the built and natural landscapes of the Twin Cities metropolitan region in Minnesota, dating from the early 1990s through the present; includes both low-level oblique aerial photographs and eye-level images.

McCord Museum: Notman Photographic Archives
Over 1.2 million photographs including landscapes, well-known people, families, places, events, activities, providing a visual history of Montreal, Québec, and Canada from the 1840s to the present.

Other resources

San Francisco Density / Urban Form Explorer
Online visual and empirical comparison of various neighbourhoods in the Bay Area.
Intriguing but wikipedia-like repository of data on US urban areas; content includes photos, facts, and business profiles all submitted by visitors. Use with great caution!