Centre Wellington Cultural Heritage Landscape Study


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 Study in order to identify, evaluate, inventory, and map significant Cultural Heritage Landscapes (CHL) in Centre Wellington.


What is a Cultural Heritage Landscape?

A CHL 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.


Public Open House

Staff and consultants hosted an open house on September 26. View the Open House materials below if you were unable to attend the meeting.

Cultural Heritage Landscape Study Presentation Boards

Cultural Heritage Landscape Study Presentation

We invite you to a Mapping Workshop on Saturday, October 5 to learn about and participate in the newly launched Cultural Heritage Landscape Study.

Mapping Session
Saturday, October 5
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. OR 1 to 3 p.m. (You can attend either one of the identical sessions scheduled for this day)
Elora Community Centre



Phase 1: Review of Background Information and Development of Preliminary List of Candidate CHLs


On-line Study Launch and Community Based Engagement

The Study Team has launched an online platform (https://www.connectcw.ca/) as part of the Township website for the project. Digital and community-based engagement tools will be used to connect to residents/stakeholders, provide notifications and opportunities for on-line inputs via on-line surveys and for public announcements.

Indigenous Engagement: The Cultural Heritage Landscape Study project offers the Township and interested Indigenous communities the unique opportunity to contextualize Indigenous histories, knowledge, and land use against the modern landscape of the Township. Engagement with Indigenous communities with rights or interest in the Township will begin during Phase 1 and will continue throughout the duration of the project. The Township of Centre Wellington values the input of the various Indigenous communities who have called (and continue to call) the area home and the Township recognizes that engagement with Indigenous communities must operate in a separate, but integrated, manner from the public consultation process.

Development of Analytical Framework and Research

The Study Team will:

  • Develop a thematic heritage framework which will identify key themes and periods of development within the Township. The identification of key themes and periods will form the basis of historical research and the identification and evaluation of potential CHLs.
  • Develop an evaluation framework based on a comprehensive review of existing legislation, guidelines and best practices in order to refine the methodology and criteria for the identification, evaluation, inventorying, and mapping of significant CHLs.
  • Review the Township’s Heritage Register and other existing inventories, databases, studies, and secondary sources, to gather information on previously identified cultural heritage resources, including archaeological resources, and their potential contribution to candidate CHLs. This task will also include a review of the Township’s topography, physiography, tree cover, and natural environment, and how these have influenced land use and development over time.
  • Conduct a field survey of the Township, from public rights-of-way, to guide the development of the preliminary list of candidate CHLs.

Preliminary List of Candidate CHLs

Based on consultation with Township staff and the Heritage Committee, thematic history outline, field survey, and mapping, the Study Team will compile a preliminary list of candidate CHLs to be screened for potential cultural heritage value.

Open House and Mapping Workshop #1: The Study’s Open House and Mapping Workshop #1 will provide an opportunity for community members to learn about the Study process, receive information and provide feedback on the project and candidate CHLs. The Study Team is interested in hearing from the community about any concerns and wishes they may have relative to conservation objectives and change.


Phase 2: Development of Final List of Candidate CHLs

Historical Research and Thematic Heritage Outline

Building on the Thematic Heritage Framework developed as part of Phase 1, the Study Team will develop a thematic land use overview of the Township of Centre Wellington to illustrate how the Township has physically, socially, and economically evolved over time, including development of its natural, built and cultural landscape features. This historical research will be focused on gaining an understanding of various historical events, themes, and processes that have shaped neighbourhoods, public spaces, and areas in the Township.

Field Survey

The Study Team will conduct a field survey of the preliminary list of CHLs identified as part of Phase 1 and during the public and Indigenous engagement process. Survey information will be collected from public road rights-of-way to document the existing conditions of the candidate CHLs, assess the historical integrity of the candidate CHLs, and for the purposes of potential boundary recommendations and identification of potential attributes.

Final List of Candidate CHLs and Inventory

The Study Team will update the list of Candidate CHLs and their attributes based on the outcomes of the public and Indigenous engagement process, detailed historical research, and field survey. The approved final list of CHLs will form the basis of the final phase of the project.

Open House #2: The Study’s second Open House will provide the opportunity for community members to hear a recap of work done to date including the recommendations on identified and draft confirmed CHLs, and the result of the community workshop sessions.


Phase 3: Evaluation and Reporting


Evaluation and Inventory

Using criteria developed based on best practices and policy review in Phase 1 of the project, the Study Team will evaluate the candidate CHLs for cultural heritage significance.

Develop Recommendation

Building on the findings the project to-date, the Study Team will develop recommendations to prioritize significant CHLs for further technical study and implementation.

Reporting

The Study Team will prepare a report that presents the results of the project including a summary of the public and Indigenous engagement process, evaluation of candidate CHLs, mapping and inventory of significant CHLs, and recommendations on prioritizing significant CHLs for further technical study and implementation.


Help Us Identify Cultural Heritage Landscapes in Centre Wellington


Through our initial assessment, we have identified some of the potential Cultural Heritage Landscape in the Township, which have been demonstrated in red on the map below.


We need your help to identify other potential CHLs across the Township. Using the map, please identify what places are unique and valuable to you, and what make these places important. Pin out their locations on the map and using the comment box, please share your memories, opinions, stories, and ideas about what makes any and all these places important and special.



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 Study in order to identify, evaluate, inventory, and map significant Cultural Heritage Landscapes (CHL) in Centre Wellington.


What is a Cultural Heritage Landscape?

A CHL 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.


Public Open House

Staff and consultants hosted an open house on September 26. View the Open House materials below if you were unable to attend the meeting.

Cultural Heritage Landscape Study Presentation Boards

Cultural Heritage Landscape Study Presentation

We invite you to a Mapping Workshop on Saturday, October 5 to learn about and participate in the newly launched Cultural Heritage Landscape Study.

Mapping Session
Saturday, October 5
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. OR 1 to 3 p.m. (You can attend either one of the identical sessions scheduled for this day)
Elora Community Centre



Phase 1: Review of Background Information and Development of Preliminary List of Candidate CHLs


On-line Study Launch and Community Based Engagement

The Study Team has launched an online platform (https://www.connectcw.ca/) as part of the Township website for the project. Digital and community-based engagement tools will be used to connect to residents/stakeholders, provide notifications and opportunities for on-line inputs via on-line surveys and for public announcements.

Indigenous Engagement: The Cultural Heritage Landscape Study project offers the Township and interested Indigenous communities the unique opportunity to contextualize Indigenous histories, knowledge, and land use against the modern landscape of the Township. Engagement with Indigenous communities with rights or interest in the Township will begin during Phase 1 and will continue throughout the duration of the project. The Township of Centre Wellington values the input of the various Indigenous communities who have called (and continue to call) the area home and the Township recognizes that engagement with Indigenous communities must operate in a separate, but integrated, manner from the public consultation process.

Development of Analytical Framework and Research

The Study Team will:

  • Develop a thematic heritage framework which will identify key themes and periods of development within the Township. The identification of key themes and periods will form the basis of historical research and the identification and evaluation of potential CHLs.
  • Develop an evaluation framework based on a comprehensive review of existing legislation, guidelines and best practices in order to refine the methodology and criteria for the identification, evaluation, inventorying, and mapping of significant CHLs.
  • Review the Township’s Heritage Register and other existing inventories, databases, studies, and secondary sources, to gather information on previously identified cultural heritage resources, including archaeological resources, and their potential contribution to candidate CHLs. This task will also include a review of the Township’s topography, physiography, tree cover, and natural environment, and how these have influenced land use and development over time.
  • Conduct a field survey of the Township, from public rights-of-way, to guide the development of the preliminary list of candidate CHLs.

Preliminary List of Candidate CHLs

Based on consultation with Township staff and the Heritage Committee, thematic history outline, field survey, and mapping, the Study Team will compile a preliminary list of candidate CHLs to be screened for potential cultural heritage value.

Open House and Mapping Workshop #1: The Study’s Open House and Mapping Workshop #1 will provide an opportunity for community members to learn about the Study process, receive information and provide feedback on the project and candidate CHLs. The Study Team is interested in hearing from the community about any concerns and wishes they may have relative to conservation objectives and change.


Phase 2: Development of Final List of Candidate CHLs

Historical Research and Thematic Heritage Outline

Building on the Thematic Heritage Framework developed as part of Phase 1, the Study Team will develop a thematic land use overview of the Township of Centre Wellington to illustrate how the Township has physically, socially, and economically evolved over time, including development of its natural, built and cultural landscape features. This historical research will be focused on gaining an understanding of various historical events, themes, and processes that have shaped neighbourhoods, public spaces, and areas in the Township.

Field Survey

The Study Team will conduct a field survey of the preliminary list of CHLs identified as part of Phase 1 and during the public and Indigenous engagement process. Survey information will be collected from public road rights-of-way to document the existing conditions of the candidate CHLs, assess the historical integrity of the candidate CHLs, and for the purposes of potential boundary recommendations and identification of potential attributes.

Final List of Candidate CHLs and Inventory

The Study Team will update the list of Candidate CHLs and their attributes based on the outcomes of the public and Indigenous engagement process, detailed historical research, and field survey. The approved final list of CHLs will form the basis of the final phase of the project.

Open House #2: The Study’s second Open House will provide the opportunity for community members to hear a recap of work done to date including the recommendations on identified and draft confirmed CHLs, and the result of the community workshop sessions.


Phase 3: Evaluation and Reporting


Evaluation and Inventory

Using criteria developed based on best practices and policy review in Phase 1 of the project, the Study Team will evaluate the candidate CHLs for cultural heritage significance.

Develop Recommendation

Building on the findings the project to-date, the Study Team will develop recommendations to prioritize significant CHLs for further technical study and implementation.

Reporting

The Study Team will prepare a report that presents the results of the project including a summary of the public and Indigenous engagement process, evaluation of candidate CHLs, mapping and inventory of significant CHLs, and recommendations on prioritizing significant CHLs for further technical study and implementation.


Help Us Identify Cultural Heritage Landscapes in Centre Wellington


Through our initial assessment, we have identified some of the potential Cultural Heritage Landscape in the Township, which have been demonstrated in red on the map below.


We need your help to identify other potential CHLs across the Township. Using the map, please identify what places are unique and valuable to you, and what make these places important. Pin out their locations on the map and using the comment box, please share your memories, opinions, stories, and ideas about what makes any and all these places important and special.