Open Data Catalogue

2013 Orthophoto imagery package

Data custodian

Information Technology, GIS and CADD Services Branch

Data currency comments

The 2013 orthophotos were captured on April 16 and 24, 2013. This imagery is captured at one point in time and is current as of that date but it does not change.

Data set description

An orthophoto is an aerial photograph that has been processed (via a scanning and rectification process) in such a way as to eliminate image displacement due to camera tilt and terrain relief, so that it represents every object as if viewed directly from above, as in a map which is usually in an orthographic projection. An orthophoto combines the visual properties of a photograph with the geometric qualities of a map and offers a realistic visualization of the landscape.

The City's orthophoto coverage includes the City, UBC, and the University Endowment Lands and parts of Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) as well.

The 2013 orthophotos are our highest resolution imagery to date (7.5 cm). These were acquired as part of the Pictometry image collection. Their quality, colour, sharpness, and positional accuracy are very high.

Data accuracy comments

Imagery is accurate as of the date it was taken although colours may or may not be exactly as occurred on that day as colours change from moment to moment due to sun and cloud cover.


An associated file provides the geo-location for each imagery file.

Coordinate system

DWG, SHP, TIF, Mr. SID, and ECW formatted data are projected in UTM Zone 10, NAD83 (CSRS). KML, CSV, and XLS formatted data are in latitude and longitude (WGS84). Not all CSV and XLS files have latitude and longitude.

Data set details

  1. MrSID format:
  2. ECW format: