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Designation of Heritage Properties

>One of the most important tools used by the Town of Caledon to protect heritage resources is the designation of individual properties under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. Designation denotes a public recognition of the cultural heritage value and significance of buildings, sites or other cultural landscape features.

Our heritage buildings and other cultural heritage landscape features are among the most tangible remnants of early settlement and development in this area. From quaint old homes and commercial buildings in our villages and hamlets to former industrial sites, solitary farmsteads and outbuildings, and fences and hedgerows along rural roads, these resources provide us with a link to Caledon’s rich past as well as a sense of continuity in our rapidly changing world.

Properties are designated for reason of cultural heritage value, and must exhibit integrity of form, location, craftsmanship and materials. Designation affords some protection against demolition and provides the community a certain level of control with respect to conserving our cultural heritage, ensuring that the property cannot be altered in any manner that would jeopardize its identified heritage features without approval.

The Town has over 100 properties which have been protected through designation or are pending designation. To encourage and help raise awareness of the conservation of Caledon’s heritage, all buildings designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act are marked with an oval metal plaque. Two of Caledon’s more unique heritage property designations include a dry stone wall built by early Scottish settlers and an Osage Orange roadside hedgerow.

Dry Stone Wall

Dry stone wall

Osage Orange Hedge

Osage Orange roadside hedgerow