Please visit our public platform of maps and geographic information here for Cumberland County (Nova Scotia, Canada) and surrounding area. Look up your planning zone or electoral district, find out local information, places to visit, and more.
Find our story maps, web apps, and raw geographic data available for you to explore, analyze, collaborate, and download for your own use. Citizens need information. Leaders need input. Let's work together to make our great community even better.
Feel free to also browse some of our older maps, maps suitable for printing, and links to other mapping resources, below.
We maintain Civic Addresses collaboratively with Provincial Geographic Information Services and other partners. Addresses are mapped using the provincial Nova Scotia Civic Address File (NSCAF), the official source of civic addresses in Nova Scotia. Use the NSCAF website to look up your civic address here (best used with Internet Explorer).
Civic Address Signs
You can order civic address signs, posts, and hardware from our office. There are also other places you can order from around the province. Please contact us for more information.
Civic Addressing Bylaw
We have a bylaw explaining how to post your civic address sign: Civic Addressing By-Law 06-03.
How Does Civic Addressing Work?
Civic Addressing makes it easy for people to find places in Nova Scotia. The location of roads, homes, businesses, public gathering places, and other facilities across our Province are mapped using a Civic Addressing system. A Civic Address consists of a street name, civic number, community and county name. Civic Addressing is important for the delivery of many services including 911 Emergency Services, Mail & Home Delivery, Utility Connections, Municipal Permitting and Government Programs and Services.
More information about civic addressing in Nova Scotia, including provincial guidelines, can be found here.
Fall Photo Map of Cumberland County: Put your photos on the map! OPEN MAP in a larger window, for better interactive browsing
Tourism Nova Scotia Map
Buy Local Produce Select Nova Scotia Map
Cumberland County Map General Wall Map
Waste Collection Zones Map OPEN MAP in a larger window, for better interactive browsing
Municipal Election 2016
Municipal Election 2016: OPEN MAP in a larger window, for better interactive browsing
What is GIS?
A Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer system capable of managing, storing, editing, analyzing, sharing and displaying geographically referenced information. Geographically referenced information is data that knows where it physically exists in space. For example, a global positioning system (GPS) records latitude and longitude coordinates for a given point, thereby geographically referencing that point.
With a GIS, you can link information (attributes) to location data, such as people to parcels, flow rates to fire hydrants, or speed limits to roads. You can layer that information to give you a better understanding of how it all works together. You choose what layers to display based on what questions you need to answer. A GIS is most often associated with maps.
A map, however, is only one way you can work with geographic data in a GIS, and only one type of product generated by a GIS. In addition to creating maps, GIS allows users to create interactive queries, provide problem-solving capabilities, analyze the spatial information and edit the data. GIS datasets may come from other government sources, commercial sources, or may be created within the office by using a GPS, aerial photography, address information, LiDAR, CAD, hardcopy maps, or through analysis of other datasets.
We often publish our GIS information as maps of various media, so that it can be used and understood easily by all municipal departments, as well as by our council, community, and visitors.
Cartography (the study and practice of making maps) builds on the premise that reality can be modeled in ways that graphically communicate spatial information in an effective way. Mapping improves our municipal services by integrating data from many sources, allowing us to analyze, query and visualize various data, helping us make better decisions.