Archives Moment: St. Albert Aerial Photographs

Recently, our archives completed the St. Albert aerial photographs project with the support of grant funding from the Archives Society of Alberta. The archives processed over 2,000 photographs, making them available for browsing and research on our archives database. As mentioned in the Archives Moment video, aerial photographs are an excellent way to see the development of the city over time!

There are two types of aerial photographs. Vertical aerial photographs are a straight down view taken when the camera is at right angles to the ground; it is the type of image we see from satellites or maps. Oblique aerial photographs are taken at an angle, usually from an aircraft or a tall building, and shows more depth and perspective of the area.

This collection contains vertical aerial photographs of St. Albert that span from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Below are three clips from aerial photographs depicting the Mission hill and downtown St. Albert area from 1962, 1965 and 1970s. Looking at these photographs side-by-side, we can get insight into city planning and growth of neighbourhoods, topography, and even the condition of the Sturgeon River over time.

The oblique aerial photographs in this collection are predominantly from the 1990s. They show a closer view of buildings and businesses, parks and recreation facilities, schools, and neighborhoods in St. Albert!

To browse everything in the collection, visit our archives database: St. Albert Aerial Photographs. As always please contact us if you have any questions about our archives at or 780-459-1528.