Self-Guided Historical Walking Tours    and    Guided Ghost Walks

The Society offers three self-guided walking tours year round. During October, there is one Guided Ghost Walk route.

If you want a live guided tour, please contact us at least four days in advance. Live guided tours feature tea and light refreshments served afterwards. If served in our offices, you may view our archival displays. No matter where we serve you, there is an opportunity for informal discussion. For live guided walks and refreshments, fees and conditions are at the bottom of this page.
 
All of our tours explore various aspects of Oakville's rich historical heritage.


Heritage Houses in Old Oakville:

This walk explores the homes of the Old Oakville Heritage Conservation District, Oakville's first such area. It includes many of the Town's oldest homes, some dating back to the late 1820s. Included are some interesting insights into the lives of Oakville's early inhabitants, such as their approach to "domestic downsizing".

This tour leaves from and returns to the Oakville Historical Society offices and archive at 110 King Street. As a self-guided tour, you may explore off of the guided path. If our office is open, you may visit us for informal discussion and viewing of archival displays at our offices.

Duration: about 2 hours, if following the guide.

The printed guide for this tour is available on our Walking Tour Guides page. Questions? Please contact us.


Heritage Main Street of Old Oakville:

This walk covers the original business section of the town which has extended since the 1830's from the Sixteen Mile Creek to Trafalgar Road. From that point eastward, the street was mainly residential to Allan St. until its transformation starting in the 1950's.

This self-guided tour starts on the south-west corner of Lakeshore Road and Navy Street, east of the bridge over the creek (click here for map). From Navy Street, the tour proceeds along the south side of Lakeshore Rd. to Trafalgar Rd. to view the north side, returning on the north side to view the south. The street is not a Heritage Conservation District, however many buildings have individual heritage designations.

As a self-guided tour, you may explore off of the guided path. If our office is open, you may visit us for informal discussion and viewing of archival displays at our offices.

Duration: about 2 hours, if following the guide.

The printed guide for this tour is available on our Walking Tour Guide page. The Guide is periodically updated.


Historical Walk of Trafalgar Road:

This Historical Walk of Trafalgar Road, explores the homes and other buildings of the Trafalgar Road Heritage Conservation District (and a bit more).

Take this walk prepared (and usually led) by a descendant of the Town's founder to gain insights into many of the lesser known aspects of Oakville's historical heritage: Trafalgar - a wood plank toll road; the Great Fire of 1866 that sent flaming kerosene all the way down the Sixteen to the harbour; the connection between the Temperance movement - and Tim Horton's; the Underground Railway connection; The Hamilton Radial Railway....

Because of the distance covered, a comfortable pair of walking shoes is recommended.

This tour starts and ends at St. John's United Church, 262 Randall Street.

As a self-guided tour, you may explore off of the guided path. If our office is open, you may visit us for informal discussion and viewing of archival displays at our offices.
Duration: minimum 2 hours, if following the guide.

A web version of the tour is available by visiting our Walking Tour Guides page and selecting the appropriate link on that page.

Ghost Walks

A few of the 9th Oakville Trafalgar Beavers - photo thanks to IndiraCelebrate Halloween by joining Society volunteers for a guided walk around the oldest part of the Town with an eerie spine tingling sensation and a dash of old Oakville history. Hear about some of Oakville's ghosts and haunted happenings. Perhaps you'll see a spirit or two on your walk!

Particularly well suited for children and youth groups such as Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Scouts.

These walks start at 110 King Street and tend to fill up. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Duration: about an hour.

Ghost Walk Dates and Times for
October Nights 2014:

Thursday 16      6:45, 8:15

Saturday 18       6:45, 8:15

Monday 20         6:00, 7:15, 8:00

Tuesday 21        6:00, 7:15, 8:00

Wednesday 22   6:00, 7:15, 8:00

Thursday 23       6:00, 7:15, 8:00

Friday 24            6:00, 7:15, 8:00

Saturday 25        6:00, 7:15, 8:00

Monday 27          6:00, 7:15, 8:00

Tuesday 28         6:00, 7:15, 8:00

Wednesday 29    6:00, 7:15, 8:00

Chost Walks are $12 per adult, children 12 and under, $6. Infants free.
Historical Walks are $10 per adult, children $5, Family $25.
All Walks are Cash only
, payable at the beginning of the walk.

Reservations are requested (so we can inform you of any last minute changes and avoid disappointments): 905-844-2695 up to the morning of the walk.  We do our best to accommodate those who show up at the scheduled start time without reservations, but the risk is yours!  We do cancel walks for bad weather. Your reservation will allow us to contact you.  
Ghost Walk Special Guests - Photo thanks to Indira
Reservations may also be made by email (click here), but not less than 3 days before the walk.

Special groups may be booked at other than scheduled times - like the 9th Oakville Trafalgar Beavers pictured at right.










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