2019 Ontario Heritage Conference

May 30-June 1, 2019 ~ Bluewater/Goderich, ON  

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The 2019 Heritage Ontario Conference will be held in beautiful Bluewater and Goderich Ontario from May 30 – June 1. The conference theme is heritage economics and features an exciting program focused on how the agricultural, marine, industrial and tourist economies in Bluewater and Goderich have shaped the built and natural heritage of these communities and, more recently, the interplay between heritage and tourism. Along with sessions led by interesting speakers, delegates will be treated to coach trips to visit heritage sites (and sample local culinary treats) through the delightful agricultural and lakeside villages of Bluewater. Featured presenters include Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies Research re: the impact of heritage on local economies; Professor Robert Shipley re: what’s happening in heritage conservation districts; a distinguished panel to discuss what happens when disaster strikes — the aftermath of the Goderich tornado; and Historica, the producers of Heritage Minutes.


The conference location will appeal not only to delegates but their friends and family members. The village of Bayfield in Bluewater and the town of Goderich are situated on the shore of Lake Huron, famous for its beautiful sunsets, sandy beaches and gorgeous lake views. Along with their natural beauty, the communities of Huron County are known for excellent cuisine, craft breweries and start-up wineries, arts and cultural events (including the Blyth festival), the largest underground salt mine in the world, farmers’ markets, varied shopping districts and important heritage locations, such as the Bayfield Heritage Conservation District and  the Heritage Conservation Districts in Goderich, including The Livery where we’ll have lunch on Friday, and the Huron Historic Gaol in Goderich - a National Historic Site.


The Local Organizing Committee of the 2019 conference hope you will join us for an engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining few days. We look forward to being your hosts and welcome you to enjoy the special beauty of Ontario’s ‘West Coast’ 


The Local Organizing Committee