Heritage & History
Oakville is a place where modern influence meets the spirit of the past
Built on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, early European settlement of Oakville centred around its vast shoreline.
The natural harbour at Bronte provided a commercial port of entry for merchants and sailors in the early 1800s.
In 1827, Colonel William Chisholm purchased land at the mouth of Sixteen Mile Creek on Lake Ontario, later developing a shipbuilding yard and harbour in the area.
Shipbuilding and lumber became important industries that soon attracted a variety of settlers.
The lakeshore also played an important role in Oakville’s Black History, as the entry point for many American slaves travelling the Underground Railroad in search of freedom.
The Oakville Museum has two permanent exhibits that chronicle our Black History, something that is celebrated every year at the Emancipation Day Picnic.
Step back in time and explore local history, heritage trails, historic homes and more with the help of Oakville’s historical societies.
Black History Bike Tour
Explore local Black History with the help of the Canadian Caribbean Association’s self-guided Oakville bike tour!
Black History Walking Tour
Explore Kerr Village’s Black History with the help of the Canadian Caribbean Association’s self-guided Oakville walking tour!
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