Webcams are an older digital technology and are often overlooked in favour of photographs, video clips, and “live” broadcasts on social media, but webcams are still around, sharing live footage of beautiful sites across Canada and abroad. Nowadays most seem to be focussed on two things: weather and traffic reporting. They also have their drawbacks — footage may be stilted, unavailable at times, hindered by weather, or the website might even require visitors to manually refresh the website in order to see a new image (I warned you that this is “old” technology!). But they also provide some beautiful views and give us a chance to explore and learn about new places without leaving home.
I thought I would dig around a share a few links to live views of some diverse webcam experiences from across the country, starting in the East with a selection of views from the Maritimes. Take a look, then take a few minutes to check out the corresponding websites (or maybe find them on social media for a more traditional online experience).
St John’s Harbour Live Webcam, St John’s, Newfoundland
This view of the harbour in St John’s, Newfoundland, is beautiful, and the camera automatically refreshes its image about once per second. The webcam is one of eight NTV Webcams provided by the Newfoundland Broadcasting Company.
Confederation Bridge Live Stream, Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island
This live stream from the Government of Prince Edward Island provides excellent video quality from and currently an absolutely hypnotic view of ice flowing under the Prince Edward Island (PEI) side of the great Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world. The bridge is 12.9km in length, spanning the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Strait to connect PEI to New Brunswick (and mainland Canada).
Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Webcams offers a large number of high quality video from around Halifax and across the province. Some webcams include audio. They also make it easy to save an image from the feed with their drop-down “Capture” button and offer a comments section for viewers to share what they’ve seen and communicate with one another. Another great feature is the Ship Tracker, that provides live information on the locations of ships in the ports which you can then view via the webcams.
Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Webcams also provides a live video stream with audio of Pier 21, the former ocean liner terminal in Halifax and last surviving immigration transit shed in Canada. Pier 21 is now home to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, where you can find information about the people from the British Isles and many, many more who settled in Canada.
Officer’s Square, Fredericton, New Brunswick
The City of Fredericton provides several webcams across the city to give viewers a look at traffic on the roads and waterways and at historic sites, such as this one. This square formed part of the British Army’s garrison for its forces between 1785 and 1869 and then by the Canadian Army from 1883 to 1914, but is now a centre for outdoor activities for the public. Several original historic buildings in Fredericton’s Historic Garrison District are now National Historic Sites.