Oakville is rich in history, and part of this includes properties protected by the “Oakville Heritage Register”, an official list of properties which are identified by the town as having cultural heritage value or interest.
The “Ontario Heritage Act” enables the municipality to manage and guide future change in the district, through adoption of a district plan with policies and guidelines for conservation, protection and enhancement of the area’s special character.
Old Oakville Heritage Conservation District
Established in 1981, the Old Oakville Heritage Conservation District is Oakville’s first designated district, and one of the first in Ontario. This historically significant district extends south of Robinson Street to the lakefront from the Sixteen Mile Creek in the west to Allan Street in the east. The district boasts early vernacular homes, nineteenth-century lakeside cottages, turn-of-the-century luxury houses and churches. Architectural styles are diverse and include 19th-century Georgian, Neo-Classical, Victorian and Classical Revival, many of which are a vernacular interpretation of the style. The intimate atmosphere of the Old Oakville Heritage District provides two picturesque waterfront parks, Dingle and Lakeside Park, as well as Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate.
Useful Links for the Old Oakville Heritage Conservation District:
Existing Land Uses (pdf, 207 kB)
Streetscape Elements (pdf, 174 kB)
Residential Block Analysis (pdf, 1.3 MB)
Movement Systems (pdf, 220 kB)
Population (pdf, 234 kB)
Historical Buildings (pdf, 2.2 MB)
Map (pdf, 59 kB)
Complete Document (pdf, 4.6 MB)
First and Second Street Heritage Conservation District
The First and Second Street Heritage Conservation District is bound by Lakeshore Road East to the north, Lake Ontario to the south, Allan Street to the west and Second Street to the east. Established in 1987, this district offers a unique range of architectural styles and eras, extending over 150 years. The area was first surveyed in 1855, after which a number of houses were built here. A second wave of residential growth occurred in the 1920s and 1930s when residents from Toronto built cottages along the lake or moved to the area permanently. This history is evident in its diverse architecture which includes nineteenth-century elegant Italianate homes, early twentieth-century revival structures, and more modern Bungalow homes.
Useful Links for the First and Second Street Conservation District:
Trafalgar Road Heritage Conservation District
This district was established in 1994 and includes the area between Sixteen Mile Creek in the west and Reynolds Street and Allan Street in the east, and between Spruce Street in the north and Sumner Avenue in the south. The district is comprised of early homes, many built prior to 1860, on either side of Trafalgar Road, as well as late nineteenth-century and early to mid twentieth-century homes just north of Oakville’s downtown commercial district. George’s Square, the ravine along Sixteen Mile Creek, and mature treelines provide a stunning natural setting for the district.
Useful Links for the Trafalgar Road Heritage Conservation District:
Statement of Intent (pdf, 110 kB)
Goals and Objectives (pdf, 72 kB)
Conservation Goals, Objectives Principles and Practices (pdf, 178 kB)
Conservation Guidelines (pdf, 3.1 MB)
Guidelines for Alterations Additions & New Construction (pdf, 2.3 MB)
Landscape Conservation Guidelines (pdf, 1.4 MB)
Planning Policies and Issues (pdf, 279 kB)
Map (pdf, 59 kB)
Complete Document (pdf, 5.3 MB)
Use the links below to peruse all of Oakville’s heritage properties.
- Entire Heritage Property Index
- Register of Heritage Properties Individually Designated under Part IV of the OHA
- Old Oakville Heritage Conservation District
- First & Second Street Heritage Conservation District
- Trafalgar Road Heritage Conservation District
- Register of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest (not designated)