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Erchless Estate has been designated under the Ontario Heritage Act as a property of historic and architectural value and interest since 1976. In September 2019, the estate was officially recognized as a significant cultural heritage landscape through the town’s Cultural Heritage Landscape Strategy.
Measures are being implemented to conserve Erchless Estate as a significant cultural heritage landscape, and support its continued use by the Oakville Museum and the Oakville Historical Society.
At the Planning and Development Council Meeting on November 4, 2019, Council passed a heritage designation by-law and approved a conservation plan for the Erchless Estate cultural heritage landscape. The consideration of the related official plan and zoning by-law amendments was deferred.
Erchless Estate is located at the south end of Navy Street between the mouth of Oakville Harbour and Lakeside Park. Erchless is the historic residence of Oakville’s founding family, the Chisholms, which was joined together with the former Custom House and Bank of Toronto building.
The grounds of the estate also include picturesque natural and landscaped areas, a coach house and a cottage that also have cultural heritage value.
Today, the estate is home to both the Oakville Museum and Oakville Historical Society.
Cultural Heritage Landscapes Strategy:
Susan Schappert, CAHP, MCIP, RPP
Heritage Planner, District East/West
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3870
Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments:
Lesley E. Gill Woods, MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner, Policy Planning and Heritage
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3261