Centre Wellington Cultural Heritage Landscape Study Online Survey

Project Description

The Township of Centre Wellington has retained Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI), in collaboration with Fotenn Planning + Design and the Landplan Studio Inc. to undertake a Cultural Heritage Landscape (CHL) Study in order to identify, evaluate, inventory, and map significant CHLs in Centre Wellington.

What is a CHL?

It is defined as a geographical area that may have been modified by human activity and is identified as having cultural heritage value or interest by a community, including an Indigenous community. The area may include features such as structures, spaces, archaeological sites or natural elements that are valued together for their interrelationship, meaning or association. Examples may include heritage conservation districts, villages, parks, gardens, farmsteads, mainstreets, neighbourhoods, cemeteries, trailways, viewsheds, natural areas, and industrial complexes of heritage significance.

Where can we find CHLs?

CHLs can be found everywhere. How we experience places and landscapes is very much influenced by the surrounding natural and cultural environment. The area that is now the Township of Centre Wellington has been shaped by natural features like the Grand River and elements like topography, tree cover, and soil type. These elements, in turn, influenced how humans have interacted with and used the landscape for thousands of years. Some of these interactions did not leave a mark, but others, like the establishment of transportation corridors, the clearing of forests for the purposes of agriculture, and the development of sites for industry and settlement, have shaped and continue to shape the landscape of the Township today. These elements are one way to start thinking about CHLs: how and where they might have formed, why they might be significant, and what parts of them should be protected?

We need your help!

Please help us highlight the special places that contribute to the ever-evolving story and narrative of the Township of Centre Wellington by identifying potential cultural heritage landscapes that are nested within or associated with the Township-wide elements listed above.


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Grand River Corridor and other Watercourses

Features associated with the Grand River corridor and other watercourses are defined by an evolving/continuing landscape with a linear pattern, dotted with distinctive sites and places that have been shaped by the river’s cultural importance as the centre of past and present social, spiritual, industrial, commercial, and recreational activities.

As part of the current study, the following features have emerged as potentially important or unique elements within or associated with the Grand River corridor or other watercourses: Please check on the elements you agree are important and/or unique and rank them from 1 (minimal importance) to 5 (very important):
As part of the current study, the following features have emerged as potentially important or unique elements within or associated with the Grand River corridor or other watercourses: Please check on the elements you agree are important and/or unique and rank them from 1 (minimal importance) to 5 (very important): 1 2 3 4 5
The river itself
Trails
Overlooks, lookouts, and viewsheds
Dams and mills
Settlements
Crossings and bridges
Gardens and other nature related settings

Below are just a few images of places found along the Township’s watercourses

Wilson’s Flats 1970 (WCMA A1985.110-ph 13889)

1970 wilson flats cc 13889

Watercourses 1

River 1

Watercourses 2

River 3

Watercourses 3

River 4

Watercourses 4

River 5
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