A look back in time: City of Greater Sudbury commemorates its history with new online features

Aug 20, 2020

Thursday, August 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the tornado that devastated this area. The City of Greater Sudbury is commemorating the anniversary with a new online feature.

An interactive storymap takes users on a historical journey through the events of August 20, 1970. Created using Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, the application follows the route of the tornado and shares archival photos and media coverage. View the storymap at www.greatersudbury.ca/1970tornado.

The City has also launched a new GIS application that showcases its extensive historical aerial photography collection. More than 11,000 air photos from 1946 to 1999 are now available.

The interactive Aerial Photo App allows viewers to search by address and filter their searches by year using the time slider at the bottom of the page. The photos mainly cover the City of Greater Sudbury area, but older photos go as far west as Webbwood and as far east as Markstay.

Whether you’re a history buff, student, consultant or just curious about our community’s past, visit www.greatersudbury.ca/airphotos to start exploring the aerial history of our city.