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Township Tax Relief

Heritage Property Tax Relief Program

The heritage buildings in our area are cherished resources that stand as links to a rich history. Most of these properties are privately owned and maintaining and restoring heritage buildings can be expensive.

The Township of Lake of Bays, encouraged by the LBHF, passed a by-law in 2008 establishing a Heritage Property Tax Relief Program. This program is intended to encourage owners of heritage properties to be good stewards by making regular investments in the maintenance of their buildings. Owners of properties that have been designated by council to be of significant heritage value may apply for tax relief.

The decision to designate is a mutual process between the property owner and the Township.  This program has been successfully established in many towns and cities in Ontario. The Township of Lake of Bays is the first municipality in Muskoka to take this decision and they should be applauded for recognizing the value of our heritage buildings. More information on the program can be found on the Township’s website at http://www.lakeofbays.on.ca/content/heritage-tax-relief-program.

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