Where the Past Greets the Fututre

About our Heritage

The Municipality of Brighton situated on the south shore of Lake Ontario is a pleasing mix of idyllic farmland, small hamlets and a bustling town which has its origins in the period of intensive settlement by non-aboriginal peoples following the ‘Gunshot Treaty’ of 1787 under which the Mississauga first nation ceded their land to the Crown.

Recognizing that our community identity is rooted in these origins Brighton places great value on heritage preservation; conserving the stories of early settlers and entrepreneurs, and the landscapes, artifacts and buildings that they created.

We welcome residents and visitors to share this legacy by exploring this section of our website and discovering our heritage sites, museums and history.

Heritage Advisory Committee

In recognition of the value of heritage resources to the economic and social well-being of our community Municipal Council has appointed a Heritage Advisory Committee that promotes identification, conservation and celebration of heritage resources.

Municipal Registry

Under section 27 of the Ontario Heritage Act the Municipality maintains a Register of property that is of cultural heritage value or interest that lists important heritage buildings and sites. The committee identifies and researches candidate properties and recommends to Council to pass a resolution to add properties to that register. Listing on the register requires that property owners give 60 days’ notice before demolishing the property but no other restrictions apply. Listed properties are identified with a generic metal plaque.

Under section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act Council can pass a bylaw to Designate a property. This is a more onerous process that gives the Municipality a legal say in alterations to the property that may affect the specified heritage features, so that its heritage value will be conserved for appreciation by future generations.

Designated properties are identified with a custom, cast aluminum plaque and are automatically added to the Municipal Registry - click here for listing.

For more information on the Ontario Heritage Act visit the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture - click here

Heritage Sites - Every Building Tells a Story...

Building Stories is an online interactive inventory and mobile application that enables Canadians to view details of heritage properties in selected communities and take a direct role in identifying important heritage assets. To explore sites in Brighton and other communities click here.

Heritage Events

The Heritage Advisory Committee collaborates with other groups and individuals to present events that celebrate Brighton’s heritage and history with the intent to inform and entertain. Follow the links to current and upcoming events:

The Breakaway

When:              October 19, 1:30 pm
Where:             Hilton Hall Heritage Centre, 50 Chatten Rd. (east off No. 30 north of 401)

Friends of Hilton Hall will present "The Breakaway”, the story of a natural disaster that happened near Hilton on April 21, 1852. Gravel banks holding back a small lake gave way, flooding Breakaway Creek, killing two men and destroying a saw mill. The flood also damage The Old Percy Road, leading to building of a new road.
Dan Buchanan will reprise his presentation of April 21, 2012 when he first told this story to a packed house at Hilton Hall. This time, there is new information and a new historical Plaque. After the presentation, we will move down the road to Breakaway Creek, north of Hilton, to dedicate the new Breakaway Historical Plaque. Come join us!

They Went Together

TWO Presentations!
When:              Saturday, November 15, 7 pm     AND
Sunday, November 16, 1:30 pm
Where:             Hilton Hall Heritage Centre, 50 Chatten Rd. (east off No. 30 north of 401)

Friends of Hilton Hall will present "They Went Together”, a World War I Tribute based on a book written by Brighton’s John Stephens. Local historian Dan Buchanan along with John Stephens will present a unique view of World War I recruitment, send-off, training and trench warfare. The story will focus on the experiences of two young recruits from Brighton, Bill Nesbitt and Keith Roblin, as they made their way to the trenches and manage to come home in more or less one piece.
The presentation will be enhanced by the music of Ian and Sharon Graham who operate a Music Circle at Hilton Hall Heritage Centre and will perform familiar World War I songs. We hope to have a sing-along! Please join us to learn some history and have some fun.

Brighton History Open House

Details coming soon!

Visit the below sites for additional information on Brighton heritage attractions, Brighton history and genealogy, and heritage conservation in Ontario: