Web cam gives bird’s eye view of downtown Kentville

Kirk Starratt kstarratt@kingscountynews.ca
Published on February 4, 2014

The Town of Kentville now has a live webcam giving visitors to their website a birds-eye view of the corner of Main and Cornwallis streets. Screenshot from http://tokwebcam.dyndns-ip.com:8081/

If you’re walking down Main Street in front of town hall in Kentville, smile: you’re on not-so-candid camera.

The Town of Kentville has placed a web camera in an upstairs office in town hall to provide a live view of Main Street on its website. Community development co-ordinator Lindsay Young said the town used to have a live web cam years ago, but it was unreliable, which was frustrating to users. However, the town’s IT department has found a more reliable solution.

“We’re trying it out,” Young said. “People like it. They use it to check the weather, roads and people from away check it out.”

The camera is not intended to provide security surveillance of the street and it’s not monitored. It’s only live from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Young said the placement was strategic, as people can now watch community events held in the vicinity live, such as the Apple Blossom Festival parade and the annual town Christmas tree lighting.

Young said Feb. 4 that the camera has been live for a couple weeks. The town received quite a few calls the first day from people who weren’t able to access the image, but it is now working.  If anyone has problems accessing the camera feed, try refreshing the web browser window.

View the webcam feed here.

Questions or comments about the web cam, can be sent to webcam@kentville.ca.