Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Wins Prestigious Heritage Award

Niagara, Ontario Town Receives National Trust’s 2020 Prince of Wales Prize

News from The National Trust, a Canada-wide organization that encourages and honours communities that engage in heritage stewardship

Posted December 11th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

One look at Queen Street in the old town of Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara, Ontario

Recognized for its sustained commitment to heritage conservation over time, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a compelling example of resilience grounded in built heritage.

It is the recipient of the National Trust’s 2020 Prince of Wales Prize, which recognizes communities and their local governments for the successful heritage stewardship of a town, city, First Nations reserve or community, rural region, or district.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a community that is proud of its past. Founded in the late 18th century, it is a living illustration early 19th century Upper Canada.

A National Historic Site of Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake boasts an extraordinary collection of residential, commercial, ecclesiastical and institutional buildings, many on their original sites close to the street.

The Town’s earliest citizens made a strong commitment to the restoration of local heritage structures and to the active conservation of the Town’s cultural heritage resources, which has led to the conservation and restoration of many early buildings by private property owners as well as local heritage organizations.

In 1962, residents formed the Niagara Foundation, a local advocacy and fundraising group dedicated to preserving the town’s landmarks – including the Niagara Apothecary, then Ontario’s oldest continuously operating pharmacy. The actions of these heritage advocates galvanized and inspired others in the conservation movement in Canada.

Today, both elected leaders and residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake recognize that its heritage is sustained and reinvigorated when citizens and visitors engage with historic places, cultural heritage landscape, and rituals on an on-going basis.

“A compelling example of resilience, ongoing innovation, and careful heritage preservation.”
-Jury Comments

To watch a video produced about Niagara-on-the-Lake for this award, click on the screen immediately below –

National Trust for Canada / – Who we are – We love historic places and we love people too. We love landmarks that tell our collective story, and our work is equally essential for struggling downtowns, remote regions, and diverse communities. We know historic places are the cornerstone of a vibrant and sustainable future. We offer proven tools to save and renew historic places, and a treasure trove of destinations to visit and discover.

The National Trust is Canada’s national charitable not-for-profit organization that leads and inspires action for places that matter. We have a long track record and a team that’s passionate about the future.

To read The National Trust’s new release, as posted on its website, click on –
https://nationaltrustcanada.ca/nt-awards/the-town-of-niagara-on-the-lake .

To read a story posted on Niagara At Large in 2017, when members of the Thorold, Ontario community received The National Trust’s Prince of Wales’ prize for the great work they did revitalizing that Niagara municipality’s downtown area, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2017/10/18/city-of-thorold-wins-national-recognition-with-prestigious-prince-of-wales-prize-for-municipal-heritage-leadership-2017/ .

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