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Heritage Outreach

Heritage Outreach - Connecting you with the unique and rich heritage of Kawartha Lakes

Our community has a deep-rooted connection to its heritage and legacy that deserves both celebration and preservation. Explore the captivating stories that have shaped our region, as well as the diverse array of activities designed to foster a deeper understanding of our collective past.

Understanding and embracing our heritage is more than a nostalgic journey; it is a key to unlocking a sense of identity and belonging. Whether you're a lifelong resident or a newcomer, our Heritage Outreach initiatives provide a gateway to connecting with our collective past. All of us play a role in preserving and promoting the unique heritage that makes Kawartha Lakes a special place to live, work, and thrive. 

Emily Turner

Economic Development Officer - Heritage Planning
705-324-9411 extension 1366

Laura Love

Economic Development Officer - Curatorial Services
705-324-9411 extension 2151

Discover Upcoming Events

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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 here and our event page on the Doors Open Ontario website throughout 2024 for more details about our sites and how to get involved.

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.

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Workshops & Learning

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!

Upcoming Workshops

Designating Your Historic Property
Are you interested in learning about designating your historic property? This workshop will provide information about how heritage designation works in Ontario and what it means for you.

The workshop will take place on May 22 from 7pm to 9pm at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Lindsay (40 William Street North). Advanced registration is encouraged.

Local History Workshop
Would you like to begin researching the history of your local community? This workshop will be an introduction to local history research, how to do it and where to find resources in Kawartha Lakes.

This workshop will take place on June 13 from 7pm to 9pm at Trinity United Church in Bobcaygeon (44 William Street). Advanced registration is encouraged.

This event has been postponed due to inclement weather. Please check back here for a new date for this workshop.

Heritage Permitting Webinar
This webinar is for heritage property owners who want to know more about permitting for their historic properties. The webinar will cover when a heritage permit is required and how to successfully apply for one.

The webinar will take place on June 24 from 7pm to 8pm online. Advanced registration for this event is required.

Discover Our Heritage Awards

Celebrating Heritage Efforts: 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 or explore our award categories below:

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Publication & Research

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

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Community Heritage

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

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Heritage Restoration / Adaptive Reuse

 Award Details
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.
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Osprey awards presentation
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Celebrating Heritage Organizations: Heritage Miilestone 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

checkmarkNominations 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.

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

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

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

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

Award Eligibility

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

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

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

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 judges who have submitted nominations will recuse themselves from that particular nomination decision. All decisions are final.

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)

Want to learn more about our heritage? Explore more...

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Heritage Designation
We conserve our heritage resources through heritage designation. Designation recognizes and celebrates important historic properties in Kawartha Lakes and helps manage change to ensure that the important buildings in our communities retain their historic character.
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Heritage Inventory Project
Our historic places define our communities, tell our stories, and provide opportunities for the future. The City is undertaking a comprehensive inventory of its historic places, buildings, and landscapes through identifying and documenting the many heritage resources in our communities to understand what resources are present, their significance, and how best to preserve them. 
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Heritage Permitting
Owners of designated properties, both individually designated and those located in Heritage Conservation Districts, are required to submit an application for a heritage permit prior to making changes to their property. The purpose of the heritage permit process is to ensure any changes are compatible with the heritage character of the property or district.

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