Very nice Ö only wish I knew about it before I left. Donít suppose you know if other provinces (like NFLD) have a similar tool?
I'm aware of the Ontario database because it started in my division of the Gov't, but I don't have a lot of exposure to NFLD in my work. My brother works for the Feds, I'll see if he's aware of them offering a similar product as google didn't turn much up.
Awesome. Do you know if there is a filter I can apply to see crown land? I am always looking for free places to beach and camp.
If you zoom in you can see Municipal boundaries, First Nations land, and you can also see individual parcels of land from the MPAC data and everything else that is aggregated into the LIO database. I don't believe there is a specific shading option to mark Crown v. Private\Patent, but for sure Parks (tourist ones AND natural ones without gate houses or staff) show up shaded light green. I'll do some digging and see if there's an option to shade Crown but the public access layers don't appear to offer the option. I can see them on my side but I have different access on the intranet side of the mapping products.
One thing to note, the majority of land owned along waterways in Canada has what's called a "shoreline reserve". This means most property when it was first severed had 66ft from the "high water mark" reserved as crown land. This is an old rule that ensured ships could anchor during foul weather and life boats could move to shore and camp without fear of trespassing, and yes this rule was applied even to lakes as small a mudpuddles. Today you can opt to purchase your shoreline reserve (I did at my property), it's a lengthy bureaucratic process but costs (or used to) very little. For example I added 165ft of beachfront to my property for a cost of 1100$. By adding this shoreline reserve to my official "owned" portion of land I can now call my house "waterfront" whereas before the legal term would have been "lakeside".
I guess what I'm saying is, other than in very urban\well developed locations, 66ft from the water line is usually crown in most cases whether people realize it or not, unless the owner specifically applied and purchased it from the Crown. You can also search and see property lines on the MPAC website if you are looking at specific spots to camp.