January 28, 2022
Created in partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton
This February, explore and celebrate Black History in Oakville with the help of local organizations like the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton!
Keep scrolling and learn more about how you can spend a full day exploring all that Oakville has to offer during Black History Month:
Take on self-guided tours through local landmarks
Start your day with a drive past Oakville’s Town Hall or Halton Regional Police Headquarters to check out the Black History Flag that is raised every year for February. Then take a self-guided tour through history with the CCAH’s Black History walking tours. Explore Kerr Village or Bronte Village for a look at local landmarks that are significant to the Black experience in Oakville. You can find these itineraries on our website or on the Driftscape app.
Discover at Burnet Park how Oakville was a port of entry for the Underground Railroad and the importance of stonehooking to early construction practices along the lakeshore in Bronte.
Looking for a little more history? Head over to the Oakville Museum for a stroll through their permanent exhibits – Freedom, Opportunity and Family: Oakville’s Black History and The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom, as well as contemporary stories from the CCAH’s documentary Legacy Voices.
Recharge your batteries with a pit stop in Downtown Oakville, Kerr Village or Bronte Village for some food, shopping and lakeside sights. Peruse a full list of Oakville restaurants here and treat your taste buds to innovative local restauranteurs.
Sign up for educational, artistic and celebratory Black History Month activities
Spend the afternoon planning out your February by taking part in and registering for one of many Black History Month activities organized by CCAH and other local organizations:
- Wednesday, Feb. 2 – Black History Month Kickoff Celebration
- Thursday, Feb. 3 – BMI Black History Month Celebration
- Thursday, Feb. 10 – Virtual Author Visit – Lawrence Hill
- Saturday, Feb. 12 – Clef Notes to Canvas
- Tuesday, Feb. 15 – Oakville’s Black History Virtual Tour
- Saturday, Feb. 26 – Virtual Author Visit – Ekiuwa Aire
Wrap up your day with a standout meal during Taste of Oakville. Presented by Visit Oakville, Taste of Oakville (February 15 to March 10, 2022) is a premier culinary event where local restaurants offer prix-fixe three or four course lunch and/or dinner menus. Reconnect with friends and family while supporting participating black-owned restaurants. Menus will be listed on the website on February 4, 2022.
Say goodbye to your adventure in Oakville and don’t forget to return in the summer when the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton celebrates Emancipation Day!