Town receives award for strategy to protect Oakville Harbour

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Published October 6, 2021 at 4:26 pm

Oakville's strategy to identify and protect the Oakville Harbour cultural heritage landscape received an award of merit in the Documentation and Planning category. TOWN OF OAKVILLE PHOTO

A Town of Oakville heritage conversation project has been recognized with a 2021 Canadian Association of Heritage Professional (CAHP) award.

Oakville’s strategy to identify and protect the Oakville Harbour cultural heritage landscape received an award of merit in the Documentation and Planning category.

The Oakville Harbour is an organically evolved and associative landscape located at the mouth of Sixteen Mile Creek in downtown Oakville.

The CHL is bounded generally by Lakeshore Road to north, Forsythe Street and private dwellings to the west, Lake Ontario to the south, and residential areas to the east. Established in the late 1820s, Oakville Harbour was quickly developed into a busy commercial port with industries, shipyards, warehouses, and commercial schooners crowding its banks.

By the 1880s, the harbour was transitioning to recreational usage characterized by water-based activities, something that continues to define the area.

Comprised largely of parkland, the CHL is characterized by open spaces, both manicured and semi natural and intimately connected to water with trees and planting, grass, paths and trails, slips and harbour infrastructure, historic buildings, recreational facilities, and clubhouses.

A total of 12 conservation projects from across Canada were recognized with CAHP awards.

The non-profit organization presents awards to projects in conservation, architecture, engineering, planning, heritage education and student achievement.

 

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