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Built Heritage Conservation

Lake of Bays is blessed with many older cottages, buildings and churches. In addition to their historical significance and role as a window on our past, these structures add character and warmth to our area.

The Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation works actively to preserve our valuable built heritage for future generations. Our activities include:

  • Award heritage plaques for significant buildings around the Township.
  • Developing an inventory of older buildings of historical value, and transferring our built heritage records to a computer database. We are collaborating with the Township to maintain this inventory.
  • Initiating the restoration of the historic Bigwin ferry through rescuing the boat and the creation and incorporation of the Lake of Bays Marine Museum & Navigation Society.
  • Facilitating and supporting community initiatives to restore heritage buildings such Holy Trinity Church in Newholm, the Baysville Schoolhouse and the old church used by the Lake of Bays Sailing Club.
  • Successfully promoting the Township adopt rules for tax reductions for owners who preserve older buildings.
Our Results
  • Acquired over 50 per cent of the Lower Oxtongue River for permanent protection, including 6.5 km of shoreline.
  • Preserved one mile of natural shoreline and 47-acres of forest at Port Cunnington.
  • Partnered with the Ontario Heritage Trust to be the steward of the 100-acre Pyke property near Brown's Brae.
  • Recognized more than 30 building owners with plaques for heritage property protection.
  • Encouraged the Township to create a Heritage Committee of Council to encourage protection.
  • Rescued the Bigwin ferry from a sunken mooring in 1991 and conducted feasibility studies to transfer to the current Navigation Society for restoration.
  • Established the Harriet T. Weaver Memorial Trust which funds two bursaries each year to assist one student from each of Bracebridge and Huntsville high schools to help pay for their first year of university or college.
Dr. Cathy Charles Stay-at-home Spring Bird Count, weekend of May 9
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The wherever-you-are butterfly, damselfly & dragonfly challenge, July 11 weekend
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Annual General Meeting of Members - by Zoom, Wednesday August 19 5:00pm
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Contact Us

Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 81
Baysville, Ontario
P0B 1A0