*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — July 19, 2021 — Burlington’s Heritage Advisory Committee has put together an exciting lineup of activities in honour of Heritage Week, taking place from Aug. 2 to 8. A variety of events are planned, with a focus on sharing more about the happenings, issues and sites that have shaped Burlington.
“Come join us to enjoy many aspects of Burlington’s diverse cultural heritage. Thank you to the civic partners, community groups, and volunteers whose time and efforts made this year’s event possible. Special thanks to Don Thorpe for his leadership, and to David Craig of HistoryPix for sharing his collection of historic material and for his superb video and artwork productions.” — Michele Camacho, Heritage Burlington Chair
About the schedule of events
The 2021 Heritage Week marks the first time the event has been held in August. The event was moved from February to the summer to allow for more participation and a larger variety of events conducive to the warmer weather, and to not conflict with Black History Month. A detailed schedule of all the events taking place during Heritage Week, including locations and how to register, is available at Burlington.ca/burlheritage. All in-person programs planned will follow public health guidance where required, including physical distancing, capacity limits and wearing masks or face coverings.
|Monday, Aug. 2 & Thursday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m.||Virtual Hearth Demonstration from Museums of Burlington|
Join a Museum Educator from Ireland House Museum to prepare scones and strawberry jam using 1850s cooking techniques.
|Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m.||Aldershot Bike Tour|
Join this in-person bike tour of various heritage sites between Francis Road and LaSalle Park Road in Aldershot.
|Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.||Burlington Public Library and Royal Botanical Gardens present “Heritage Trees in Burlington and Beyond”|
Join Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens for a unique look at trees as part of our cultural and landscape heritage.
|Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m.||Halton Freedom Celebration Virtual Festival|
This video festival will celebrate Canada’s first national Emancipation Day (Aug. 1) and the 187th year of emancipation.
|Thursday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.||Burlington Public Library and the Art Gallery of Burlington: Behind the Scenes with AGB Collections Manager Christine Saly-Chapman|
Follow a pre-recorded tour of the collection vault at the Art Gallery of Burlington, led by Collections Manager Christine Saly-Chapman, featuring contemporary Canadian ceramics. Followed by a live question and answer period.
|Thursday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m.||Heritage Trivia Pub Crawl|
Learn some interesting historical facts while visiting some of Burlington’s oldest pubs.
|Thursday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m.||Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) Burlington Heights Tour|
Join RBG staff on this hour-long tour to learn why the Burlington Heights area of land was designated as a National Historic Site in 1929.
|Friday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m.||Burlington Public Library and The Mississaugas of the Credit: We are still here|
Join Darin P. Wybenga, Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Coordinator, for this talk about the history of the land in the Burlington area, and a focus on treaties applicable to the City of Burlington.
|Friday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m.||Walking Tour of Brant Street|
Join Alan Harrington, from the Burlington Historical Society, for a walking tour of Brant Street.
|Saturday, Aug. 7 & Sunday, Aug. 8||Doors Open Burlington: Behind the Door|
Join Museums of Burlington for this virtual event focusing on amazing Burlington businesses and how they operate behind closed doors.
|Sunday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m.||Historic Tour of Kilbride|
Join this guided tour of historically significant sites around Kilbride to learn about the early footprint and activities of the village.
- Heritage Week is organized by the members of Heritage Burlington, in collaboration with the Burlington Historical Society, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington Public Library, Burlington Museums, United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada – Burlington, Freeman Station, Halton Black History Awareness Society, Heritage Services – Halton Region, and David Craig of History Pix.
MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:
As a huge supporter of heritage in our city, I am delighted to see all of the great activities planned for Heritage Week. One of my top priorities as your mayor is to ensure we preserve and protect the character, heritage and history of our buildings, our people, our stories, our residential areas and our green spaces. I encourage you to take part in this event and discover all there is to know about our wonderful city through heritage.
Links and Resources:
- For more information about the events happening during Heritage Week, visit Burlington.ca/burlheritage.
- Mark Burlington Heritage Week in August
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist