QGIS and Mapservices.gov.yk.ca #1
I’ve had this sitting in draft for over a year, waiting for me to come back to it and add missing details. That’s not going to happen any time soon and I’ve had 2 requests lately for how to do this. So, here it is, as is, where is. Hopefully you can make some use out of it. #1 of 2.
I could only get it to work (in Qgis 2.8) by using the experimental ArcGIS REST API Connector plugin. The good news is that it does work. The bad news is you need to specify each layer individually, which means you need to build your own index.
Can I consume native esri image services (not wcs) with QGIS as a client?
Absolutely. In QGIS open the Python Console and add it like this:
qgis.utils.iface.addRasterLayer("http://server.arcgisonline.com/arcgis/rest/services/World_Imagery/MapServer?f=json&pretty=true", "Esri Imagery")