Aerial Views from

Yarmouth to Weymouth


In the 1930s aviation pioneer Richard Thorne McCully and photographer Harold Reid collaborated to take aerial photographs throughout Atlantic Canada. [1] The 221 surviving glass plate negatives that depict Nova Scotia scenes were purchased and digitized by the Nova Scotia Archives; now they may be viewed online as a collection, “Nova Scotia from the Air: The Richard McCully Aerial Photograph Collection, 1931,” which was recently unveiled. [2]

In summer 1931 Reid flew west in Nova Scotia from Grand Pré and Wolfville through the Annapolis Valley to Weymouth and then south to Yarmouth. I have organized a selection of his images from that trip into two albums:

  1. “Aerial Views from Yarmouth to Weymouth” (below), which has views of Yarmouth, Meteghan, Saulnierville, Church Point, Beliveau’s Cove, and Weymouth; and

  2. Aerial Views in the Annapolis Valley,” which has views of Annapolis Royal, Granville, Bridgetown, Clarence, Paradise, Brooklyn, Middleton, Kingston, Berwick, Woodville, Kentville, Chipman’s Corner, Port Williams, Wolfville, and Grand Pré.

Each aerial photo has a Nova Scotia Archives accession number at the top. In the caption I give that community’s road distance from Yarmouth, the date of the photograph, the negative’s number, and sometimes a brief comment.

References and Notes

    [1] Dan Soucoup, McCully’s New Brunswick: Historic Aerial Photographs 1931–1939. Dundurn, Toronto, 2005. 144 pp.

    [2] Kelly Shiers, “Bird’s-eye View of our Province,” The Sunday Herald, Halifax, NS, 13 Jan. 2013, pp. A1–A2. I thank Don LeBlanc for informing me of the availability of the collection online.

William Day (15 January 2013)