|"...because it is all of local interest." -
Librarian and Historian Mary J. L. Black
Also available is a listing of some of Thunder Bay's interesting sites and properties. While these properties are not protected against demolition or alteration, they have been informally recognized as being historically valuable. A list of all provincially or federally designated sites is available for viewing.
Ontario Heritage Properties database Adobe PDF, 4 pages, 83 KB
The Waverley Park Heritage Conservation District is an area of older stately residential buildings and churches, that was recognized and protected by municipal bylaw in 1988, under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. The District encompasses approximately 70 properties, surrounding historic Waverley Park, and is located approximately 500 metres west of Lake Superior on Red River Road.
Waverley Park Site Map Adobe PDF, 1 page, 45 KB
In 2004, a background report was compiled as a necessary step towards creating the proposed McVicar Creek – Harrington Court Conservation District.
Several other areas of the City, including 'old' Victoria Avenue, have been identified as potential candidate areas for the creation of additional Heritage Conservation Districts. The heritage district designation process usually involves many properties and therefore requires a number of steps.
Heritage Property Protection
In 2005, the Province amended the Ontario Heritage Act to improve protection offered to designated heritage properties. Details are found in Administration Report 2005.220 (Planning).
Heritage resources include archaeological sites, built features such as bridges and can include heritage trees or heritage landscapes.The Regional Archaeologist, in the office of the Ministry of Culture provides input, and may establish conditions before land subdivision or development can take place on or near areas of archaeological potential.
In 2003, the Heritage Advisory Committee provided the Engineering Division with extensive input, resulting in the heritage sensitive design of the new Simpson Street Bridge over the Neebing River.