Geospatial Data Sources

Name and LinkDescriptionRegion
Vancouver Open Data CatalogueOver 100 free datasets for the city of Vancouver.Vancouver Area
Burnaby Open Data PortalFree spatial datasets provided by the City of Burnaby.Vancouver Area
Surrey Open Data CatalogueFree spatial datasets provided by the City of Surrey.Vancouver Area
District of North Vancouver Open Data PortalFree spatial datasets provided by the District of North Vancouver.Vancouver Area
DataBCThe official data catalogue for the province, containing hundreds of geospatial datasets.Provincial (BC)
OpenDataBCFree provincial datasets provided by the Open Data Society of BC.Provincial (BC)
NRCan National Earth Observation Data Framework (NEODF) CatalogueInteractive online application for searching archived satellite data and aerial photos from Canada’s National Air Photo Library.Canada
GeoGratisNRCan’s search function for free Canadian maps, remote sensed data, vector data, and elevation data.Canada
Government of Canada Open Data PortalSite for searching all of Canada’s open data, including geospatial datasets.Canada
Carleton University Open Geospatial Data RepositoriesContains links to various sources of Canadian geospatial data, including an interactive map for searching datasets.Canada
Canada LandsShapefiles of Canadian land separated by province, provided by NRCan.Canada
Canadian GIS and Geomatics Open Data PageThis page of links is provided by and lists various data sources for each province.Canada
GoGeomatics Canadian Data Source ListThis page of links is provided by and contains links to various Canadian federal, provincial, and local datasets.Canada
USGS GloVis NextUser-friendly online tool for easily searching and ordering satellite data products from the United States Geological Survey, including Landsat, MODIS, and ASTER data.International/Global
USGS EarthExplorerComprehensive search function for all USGS online data collections, including aerial photos, LiDAR data, and elevation data.International/Global
Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Data PortalGlobal organization with participation by over 100 countries that aims to create a global public infrastructure for Earth observation. Provides a search function for a large collection of datasets.International/Global
OpenTopographyA source for high resolution topographic data, primarily LiDAR datasets.International/Global
Google Earth Engine DatasetsThe public data catalog of Google Earth Engine, which contains imagery, geophysical data, climate and weather data, and demographic data.International/Global
Natural Earth DataPublic domain map dataset with raster and vector data available for download.International/Global
Geocommunity Data DepotFree online data source for national/provincial datasets, downloading requires free account registration.International/Global
GLOBE (Global Collaborative Engine) Global VariablesMaps, citations, and data downloads for various global variables within GLOBE, an online collaborative environment for land changes researchers.International/Global
MERRAclim DatasetHigh-resolution global dataset of remotely sensed bioclimatic variables for ecological modelling.International/Global
Crowdsourced land cover and land use reference global datasetLULC data derived from four campaigns on the Geo-Wiki crowdsourcing platform. International/Global Pricing Information for High Resolution Satellite ImageryPricing reference and links for purchasing high resolution satellite data, e.g Quickbird, Worldview 2 and 3, and IKONOS.International/Global
WUR Terrestrial LiDAR DatasetsA collection of ground based LiDAR datasets from various locations worldwide that are free to download. Provided by Wageningen University & Research.International/Global
Remote Sensing for Biodiversity and Conservation ResourcesProvides links to GIS data sources, remote sensing data, and more. International/Global
Conservation Remote Sensing ResourcesDatasets and more relevant to conservation remote sensing.International/Global
NEON Data PageThe data portal for the National Ecological Observation Network contains various ecological datasets from within the United States.USA
USDA Geospatial Data GatewayThe United States Department of Agriculture’s data portal, containing environmental and natural resources data for the US.USA
SENTINEL-HuBData source for satellite images from Sentinel (1,2,3) and other satellites.International/Global
GISGeographyFree Global DEMsInternational/Global
Critical Habitat for Species at Risk, British ColumbiaDataset for geographic areas within which critical habitat for species at risk Canada