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Osprey Heritage Awards

The City of Kawartha Lakes Municipal Heritage Committee is now accepting nominations for the Osprey Heritage Awards.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this event has not taken place since 2018 and we are so excited to bring it back! This year will be a ‘catch-up’ year and eligible nominations will encompass 2019-2023 projects and contributions to the promotion and preservation of community heritage.

Going forward the Osprey Heritage Awards will be offered bi-annually, alternating with Doors Open.

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.

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. Posthumous nominations will be accepted. Please note that posthumous nominations will only be accepted in the 2023 award intake.

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.


The submission deadline is November 1, 2023

Award recipients and their nominators will be contacted no later than November 29, 2023, with a letter of Congratulation and details of awards reception.

Submit your nominations online prior to November 1. You can also complete a PDF nomination form and submit it to or to 180 Kent Street West, Lindsay (Development Services Hub). 

Past Award Recipients


Category                                       Winner

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

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. Organizations may be nominated for this award using the award nomination form. Please provide background information on the organization being nominated, as well as its year of establishment.

Doors Open

The City of Kawartha Lakes hosts Doors Open Ontario biannually (alternates with Municipal Heritage Awards).

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.

We also have three historic driving tours that you can enjoy any time. These tours are self guided and take you to difference areas of the City. Brochures are available for download below.

Lindsay to Pontypool
Fenelon Falls to Bobcaygeon
Oakwood to Kirkfield

We look forward to planning our next Doors Open events in 2024!


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