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Doors Open

The City of Kawartha Lakes is hosting Doors Open on September 15, 2024!

The City hosts Doors Open Ontario biannually (alternates with Osprey Heritage Awards). Check back on this page throughout 2024 for more details about our sites and how to get involved. We will be updating this page and our event page on the Doors Open Ontario website as we finalize our sites and events for 2024. We are looking forward to seeing you in September!

The City of Kawartha Lakes has participated in Doors Open for over a decade. The event has been organized and run by various groups throughout the years but, since 2019, has been primarily organized by the Kawartha Lakes Municipal Heritage Committee and has taken place on the second Sunday in September. A subcommittee is formed to act as the organizing Committee for the event and are supported by Economic Development staff. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding upcoming or past Doors Open events.


The City’s Heritage Planning program hosts various workshops for heritage property owners and community members interested in our built history throughout the year. Check back here for updates on future workshops and learning opportunities.

Is there a heritage workshop you think we should host and would be beneficial to the community? Let us know!

Osprey Heritage Awards

Every other year, the City of Kawartha Lakes Municipal Heritage Committee hosts the Osprey Heritage Awards. These awards are given out to members of the community who have made exemplary contributions to the preservation and promotion of heritage in Kawartha Lakes. The next Osprey Heritage Awards will take place in 2025. Information regarding nomination process is posted in early September of the year of the awards. Check back here for more information.

Award Categories

Publication and Research

This award goes to non-fiction work about Kawartha Lakes archeological, built, cultural and/or natural heritage (example: exhibits, books, articles, etc.)

Community Heritage

Awarded to a volunteer-based organization or individual that promotes and/or protects heritage in the City of Kawartha Lakes

Heritage Restoration/Adaptive Reuse

This award goes to a property owner (residential or business) that has completed:
  • preservation work that protects, maintains and stabilizes the original form, material and integrity of a historic place;
  • rehabilitation work involving sensitive adaptation of an historic place or individual component for a continuing or compatible contemporary use;
  • restoration work that reveals, recovers or represents the state of an historic place or individual component as it appeared at a particular period in its history;
  • property and buildings well maintained.

Heritage Milestone Award

The City of Kawartha Lakes is excited to announce that the Municipal Heritage Committee will be further celebrating community heritage with a new award, the Heritage Milestone Award. This award acknowledges, in 25 year increments, the dedication of heritage organizations within the City of Kawartha Lakes.

This award will be presented to the heritage organization recipient(s) the same date as the Osprey Heritage Awards. Heritage organizations are defined as community museums, archives and historical societies.

Nomination Process and Eligibility 

Nominations will be accepted for any individual, organization or businesses in Kawartha Lakes that has had an impact on local heritage in one of the award categories.

Nominees must be informed of and consent to the nomination. You may self-nominate.

Individual nominees must reside, work or invest in the City of Kawartha Lakes

Business and organization nominees must have a location in the City of Kawartha Lakes

Projects and programs being nominated must be completed before they are eligible for an award.

The nominations will be adjudicated by a panel of judges that consist of members of the Municipal Heritage Committee and the Outreach Subcommittee. The judges have the discretion to place any entry into an alternate category with the nominator’s permission. The judge’s who have submitted nominations will recuse themselves from that particular nomination decision. All decisions are final.

All property uses are eligible (residential, commercial, institutional, private, public, etc.)

All heritage categories are eligible (archeological, built, cultural, and/or natural, etc.)

Active members of the City of Kawartha Lakes Municipal Heritage Committee and all related committees and working groups are not eligible for award nomination.

Past Award Recipients


Architectural Heritage - Jim O’Reilly, Old Lindsay Post
Archeology History - Tim Mohr
Community Heritage - Ian McKechnie
Business Leader Heritage - Aaron Young, Pie Eyed Monk Brewery
Heritage Vision - Lisa Hart


Publication and Research - Sarah Walker Howe for Historic Citizens of Kawartha Lakes

Community Heritage - Manvers Township Historical Society

Heritage Preservation/Adaptive Re-Use - Paulette Sopoci for Primrose Hill Manor

Heritage Milestone Award - A. Sheila Boyd Foundation/Boyd Heritage Museum (25 years)


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