Nova Scotia Drillhole Database

DP ME 3, Version 5, 2016. Nova Scotia Drillhole Database. Digital product compiled by Mick O'Neill and Jeff Poole


This digital product is developed from a database of published drillhole information for the province of Nova Scotia. The database is maintained by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (NR&R), Geoscience and Mines Branch (GMB). The digital product was created by the NR&R GMB staff. The database was developed from information contained in publicly available mineral exploration assessment reports, open file reports and other GMB and Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) publications. The database provides approximate coordinate locations for many of the drillholes, and also provides a source reference on each drillhole. The digital product contains a layer for the drillholes (d003nsdh), a layer for references (d003nsdf) and a layer for drillholes with core (d003nsdx) .

There are 27,300 drillholes in the database and there are over 35,000 references associated with these holes. A single drillhole will have one or more references associated with it. This generally consists of a reference when the hole is drilled and subsequent references when further work is done on the hole (e.g. extensions, geophysics, sampling). There are 6,686 drillholes with core associated with them at the NR&R Core Libray in Stellarton.


The DATA is provided to the USER on an "as is" basis, without warranties of any kind, express or implied. The entire risk as to the quality and accuracy of the DATA is with the USER and the USER shall use his/her own judgment in making use of the DATA or drawing conclusions based upon it. NR&R shall not be liable to the USER, his/her clients, servants, agents, contractors, assigns, or to any other person for any loss or damage of any kind including personal injury or death arising from the use of the DATA or accompanying written materials, or from errors, deficiencies or faults therein, whether such damage is caused by negligence or otherwise. If errors or omissions are found in the DATA, the USER will notify NR&R. The terms and conditions of the license accompany the downloaded digital product.

A Sample Image

A Sample Image

Format and Projection


ESRI shape files (SHP), ArcGIS File Geodatabase 10.2 (GDB), a Google Earth compatible file format (KML\KMZ) and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets (XML) compressed in self-extracting EXE/ZIP files (more information on data formats)


SHP - 7.1 MB (compressed), 277 MB (uncompressed)
GDB - 9 MB (compressed), 68 MB (uncompressed)
KML\KMZ - 7.1 MB (compressed), 8 MB (uncompressed)
XML - 12.1 MB (compressed), 53 MB (uncompressed)


The data is in six-degree Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) projection, Zone 20, Central Meridian 63° 00' West using the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83).

Downloading Instructions

The data files have been compressed using PKZIP into a single, self-extracting EXE file.

  1. Read the Licencebefore accepting the data.
  2. Download the self-extracting EXE file to the desired location on your hard drive.
  3. Double click or "RUN" the EXE file and the data files will be unzipped automatically.

The EXE file can also be opened in WinZip to view and extract the compressed files in the data set.

On UNIX platforms, the unzip command will extract the compressed files in the EXE.

All data sets are in six-degree Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) Zone 20 projection using the NAD83 datum. A readme file and a copy of the licence agreement are also included with each data set.

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