How to spend a day celebrating Black History in Oakville

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Published February 9, 2022 at 10:36 am

Oakville residents can spend a full day learning about the Town's Black history. VISIT OAKVILLE PHOTO

February is Black History month and Oakville residents have plenty of ways to explore and celebrate all the town has to offer.

With help from local organizations like the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH), you can spend a full day learning our Town’s Black history.


Here’s how:

Take self-guided tours through local landmarks

Start your day with a drive past Oakville’s Town Hall or Halton Regional Police Headquarters to check out the Black History Flag that is raised every year for February.

Take self-guided tour through history with the CCAH’s Black History walking tours. Explore Kerr Village or Bronte Village for a look at local landmarks that are significant to the Black experience in Oakville. You can find these itineraries at visitoakville.com or on the Driftscape app.

Discover at Burnet Park how Oakville was a port of entry for the Underground Railroad, and the importance of stonehooking to early construction practices along the lakeshore in Bronte.

Looking for a little more history? Head over to the Oakville Museum for a stroll through their permanent exhibits – Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History and The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom, as well as contemporary stories from the CCAH’s documentary Legacy Voices.

Make a pit stop in Downtown OakvilleKerr Village or Bronte Village for some food, shopping and lakeside sights.

Sign up for educational, artistic and celebratory Black History Month activities

Spend the afternoon planning out your February by taking part in and registering for one of many Black History Month activities organized by CCAH and other local organizations:

Wrap up your day with a standout meal during Taste of Oakville. Presented by Visit Oakville, Taste of Oakville (February 15 to March 10, 2022) is a premier culinary event where local restaurants offer prix-fixe three or four course lunch and/or dinner menus. Reconnect with friends and family while supporting participating black-owned restaurants. Menus are listed on the website.

Don’t forget to return in the summer when the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton celebrates Emancipation Day!

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