Heritage and History

Information and resources to help you learn more about Oakville's history, growth and the people that lived here.

Explore Oakville's past

Indigenous culture

The Town of Oakville was founded on the treaty lands and traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. The town sits on both Treaty 14 and Treaty 22 land. 

Treaty 14 land covers the majority of Oakville and beyond and Treaty 22 includes the lands on both shores of Sixteen Mile Creek south of the QEW. 

Visit the Indigenous Culture and Community page to learn more.

Erchless Estate

Visit the Museum History page for an historical account of Erchless Estate and Oakville's founding family.

Heritage trails

Oakville's heritage trails unite all parts of the community and reflect our natural, human and built heritage. Our Heritage Trails page explores each information station located on the trail system.

Oakville Trafalgar archive

The Oakville Trafalgar archive is a virtual collection of historical images of Oakville and Trafalgar. This archive is temporarily unavailable.

Oakville Museum collections

The Oakville Museum offers virtual collection of historical artifacts relevant to the town's history and past exhibits. The Museum's virtual collections are temporarily unavailable.

Veteran's memorials

Memorials are dedicated to residents who served in the military. For more information, visit the Veteran's Memorials page.

Cemetery history

For historical information on some of the cemeteries in Oakville, visit our Cemeteries page.

Heritage planning

Visit Heritage Planning for information on designated heritage properties and districts.

Sister cities

To learn about the connection of understanding, cooperation, friendship and economic development Oakville shares with our sister cities, visit the Sister Cities page.

Learn about your neighbourhood

Check the In My Neighbourhood page for information about the community that you live in.