Cultural Heritage Landscape Study in Wilmot and North Dumfries Townships

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You are invited to participate in a research study identifying candidate Cultural Heritage Landscapes (CHLs) in the townships of Wilmot and North Dumfries! On this CHL Study Engage Region of Waterloo page you can ask questions, complete the CHL Study survey, upload photos or subscribe to get updates.

What is this Cultural Heritage Landscape Study about?

Identifying and conserving cultural heritage resources that are significant to a community is an important part of planning for and managing change. In addition to individual buildings and structures, cultural heritage resources can include groupings or concentrations of resources and features within broader landscapes such as: villages, neighbourhoods, former industrial complexes, cemeteries, parks, natural areas and farmsteads. These groupings of resources are called Cultural Heritage Landscapes (CHLs) and contain structures and landscape features that together have a greater value than the sum of their individual parts.

This Cultural Heritage Landscape Study is a collaborative endeavour between the University of Waterloo’s Heritage Resource Centre, the Region of Waterloo, and the Township of Wilmot. Information collected anonymously through this Engage page will be shared with the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo for analysis and drafting the final report. The study objective is to identify and evaluate the significance of CHLs found within Wilmot and North Dumfries townships. This will be accomplished through research, field work and most importantly, eliciting and weighing community values and participation via methods such as: on-line engagement forums (like this EngageWR page); public submissions (both written and images); virtual public meetings and open houses; and one-on-one interviews both virtually, and if circumstances change, in-person.

The outcome of the CHL Study will be a final report and recommendations which will identify candidate CHLs of significance. The final report will be shared on this Engage Region of Waterloo page as well as will be provided to the Townships of Wilmot and North Dumfries for their information and future heritage planning initiatives.

You are invited to participate in a research study identifying candidate Cultural Heritage Landscapes (CHLs) in the townships of Wilmot and North Dumfries! On this CHL Study Engage Region of Waterloo page you can ask questions, complete the CHL Study survey, upload photos or subscribe to get updates.

What is this Cultural Heritage Landscape Study about?

Identifying and conserving cultural heritage resources that are significant to a community is an important part of planning for and managing change. In addition to individual buildings and structures, cultural heritage resources can include groupings or concentrations of resources and features within broader landscapes such as: villages, neighbourhoods, former industrial complexes, cemeteries, parks, natural areas and farmsteads. These groupings of resources are called Cultural Heritage Landscapes (CHLs) and contain structures and landscape features that together have a greater value than the sum of their individual parts.

This Cultural Heritage Landscape Study is a collaborative endeavour between the University of Waterloo’s Heritage Resource Centre, the Region of Waterloo, and the Township of Wilmot. Information collected anonymously through this Engage page will be shared with the Heritage Resources Centre at the University of Waterloo for analysis and drafting the final report. The study objective is to identify and evaluate the significance of CHLs found within Wilmot and North Dumfries townships. This will be accomplished through research, field work and most importantly, eliciting and weighing community values and participation via methods such as: on-line engagement forums (like this EngageWR page); public submissions (both written and images); virtual public meetings and open houses; and one-on-one interviews both virtually, and if circumstances change, in-person.

The outcome of the CHL Study will be a final report and recommendations which will identify candidate CHLs of significance. The final report will be shared on this Engage Region of Waterloo page as well as will be provided to the Townships of Wilmot and North Dumfries for their information and future heritage planning initiatives.

  • Are You Having Some Trouble with the CHL Mapping Tool?

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    If you are having some difficulty using the Web Based CHL Mapping Tool, try reading these step by step instructions first. Just click on the link below.

    Your input is so important to us!


    Instructions on How to Use the CHL Mapping Tool

  • The Research Begins!

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    Research is already underway to identify potential Cultural Heritage Landscapes (CHL) in the Townships of Wilmot and North Dumfries. Windshield surveys, web archives and online mapping analysis is taking place. During this time of Covid restrictions, our researchers will rely heavily on the personal knowledge of residents in Wilmot and North Dumfries Townships.....until in-person archival research can take place again.

    You can contribute to the research by completing a CHL Survey or uploading photos of landscapes you value, simply click on the tabs above this post.

    Please subscribe to or regularly visit this Engage Region of Waterloo page often for updates on this project!