Old Tannery located at the West Pier on Sixteen Mile Creek – Oakville Historical Society Archives

One of the many great pleasures of living in the West Harbour neighbourhood is the history of the area. On a snowy, icy December afternoon, you may want to peruse the website of the Oakville Historical Society.  They have posted to their website a large collection of photos and documents relevant to our area.

Check out the map of Oakville from 1836, with nearly every lot and road as it is today.  Lakeshore Road was originally Colborne Road, but otherwise the map looks very similar to today. You can acquire a copy of this map, and others, at the Oakville Historical Society offices.


An example of West Harbour from their excellent photo library:


From their website:

This is the Old Tannery located at the West Pier on Sixteen Mile Creek. It was built in 1836 as a brewery and distillery. The stones on the left of the picture were piled by stonehookers in 1900. Used as a postcard.

All images used with permission of the Oakville Historical Society.

Mayor responds to stories about lead in water

Oakville, November 5, 2019 – For Immediate Release
We take any concerns associated with our drinking water and public safety very
seriously. As Halton Region is responsible for water purification, I will be bringing
forward a resolution at our next Halton Regional Council meeting to encourage
residents to replace any private lead water pipes with safe pipes because Halton
Region has already replaced all public pipes that were manufactured with lead.
I will also be writing to the provincial Minister of Education about water safety standards
in our schools.
I appreciate the enterprising journalism, led by Robert Cribb, highlighting that remaining
lead in water comes from residences and schools that have not yet replaced lead-based
Halton Region staff investigated and confirmed that:
“The school referenced in the article is White Oaks Secondary School in Oakville. The
flushed and standing water samples were taken in August 2018. Before the school
opened, resamples were taken. The results indicated that the flushed water was within
the acceptable limits for lead. In September 2018, parents and guardians were informed
and the results were available online. School boards have the responsibility to conduct
regular lead testing, pipe flushing, pipe replacements and notifications as legislated
through the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002.
Halton Region is committed to providing safe, high quality drinking water to our
residents. The risk of lead in Halton Region’s public drinking water system is very low.
We conduct regular sampling of our public infrastructure and results continue to show
levels that meet the Ontario Drinking Water Standard, 2002. We educate and
encourage private homeowners to test their plumbing for the presence of lead through
our Lead Sampling program.
Halton Region has replaced all known lead service connections on the public side.
Levels of lead in Halton continue to be within the guidelines set by the Ontario Ministry
of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).”
Additional information is available at: https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Water-andEnvironment/Water-Quality-Protection/Lead-in-Drinking-Water-Service-Lines
For more information, please contact:
Christine Davis
Community Engagement and Communications Coordinator, Office of the Mayor and Council
905-845-6601, ext. 3788

Tannery and Waterworks Park

Friday, November 8, 2019
Noon – 2 p.m. | Ribbon cutting at 12:15 p.m.

Join us for our ribbon-cutting celebration and a complimentary slice
of cake, then please stay and enjoy the park. Purchase a bite to eat
at one of the food trucks on site during the event, take a self-guided
tour and discover all the new features and points of interest the
park has to offer.





There is still a strong likelihood that Oakville will be merged with Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills to form the Megacity of Halton despite claims by our local MPPs. Through a unilateral decision by the Province, our town as we know it can be wiped out.


In August, Premier Ford openly confirmed that some municipalities will soon be amalgamated and the number of local politicians will be reduced. In addition, the special advisors report on the Regional Government Review has been delayed, possibly until after the October federal election.


What could happen – Consider BILL 108  After only one month of public consultations and at an unprecedented speed, the Ford government passed Bill 108 that affects 13 important Acts. It will increase property taxes and result in the loss of our voice and autonomy over the future of Oakville to the benefit of developers.


It is too late to stop Bill 108, but you can still join over 3,000 residents who have already sent letters to save Oakville.


Please SEND a LETTER to the Ford Government (it takes less than a minute) to stop higher taxes, service reductions, and the loss of our local voice.


Read more about this in the We Love Oakville September e-newsletter.

Pictures from another wonderful WHRA BBQ

On Monday, September 2nd, the West Harbour Resident’s Association hosted our largest annual barbecue yet. Residents from every corner of our association brought delicious salads, appetizers and desserts to share with new and old friends.

If you missed the opportunity to spend time with your neighbours, don’t forget that our Annual General Meeting is just around the corner, scheduled for the evening of October 1st at the Oakville Yacht Squadron, right here in the WHRA area.


Dear WHRA Members:



Stephen and Jenn from 56 Kerr have very kindly offered their backyard again this year for the annual neighborhood BBQ.

So, come, wrap up the summer and meet your new and old neighbours!!

When:  Labour Day, September 2,  2019

Where: 56 Kerr St, backyard

Time:  5:00 p.m.


  • The WHRA Executive Committee will provide hotdogs, sausages and hamburgers. (Please RSVP; we will need numbers.)
  • Bring a dish for the communal table (apps, salad or dessert), drinks…
  • There will be some tables, but if you can bring one or more chairs, that would be great, if not, it will be more of a stand up party…

For more information and to RSVP, call

Or email Lesley 844-0787 or Carole 337-0565



See you there!

The WHRA Executive Committee

Midnight Madness – Friday, July 19

The Downtown Oakville BIA will be hosting the 42nd annual Midnight Madness on Friday July 19 from 6 p.m. – midnight. Although downtown Oakville is currently undergoing phase 1 of the Lakeshore Road Revitalization Project, the event will follow a very similar format to previous years including a road closure on Lakeshore Rd and all side streets between Navy St and Allan St. We invite you to share with your community members and join us to experience live music, family-friendly entertainment, brag-worthy deals and more at Midnight Madness! Attached to this email you will find two versions of the event creative – if you require different resizes I’d be happy to send them to you.


Event updates here: https://oakvilledowntown.com/event/midnight-madness-4/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/472347936857568/BIA_2019_MidnightMadness_InstaPost_1080x1080px

It’s Coyote Puppy Season!

It’s coyote pupping season

Be coyote-smart!
Coyote sightings often increase this time of year when they are having pups and are more active around and protective of their den sites. They may set up dens near residential neighbourhoods.

The Town of Oakville is working with Coyote Watch Canada to provide education on how to avoid negative interactions with coyotes. Respect, compassion and education are common sense tools we can all use to nurture safe and healthy human-wildlife interactions.
If you know a coyote or a den is nearby, keep away and consider changing your route for a while until the coyote and pups have moved on. Keep dogs and small children away from the area.
If you are ever followed by a coyote or have one enter your yard, practice hazing to maintain the coyote’s fear of humans and let it know it is not welcome on your property. Always call 911 if you feel you are in immediate danger. You can get more tips and information at oakville.ca or coyotewatchcanada.com.

WHRA Annual Earth Day Spring Clean!

Saturday, April 27th 2019 – 9:30 a.m.

Rain or shine

Come on out and meet your neighbours, while helping to beautify our West Harbour area!

Tea, coffee, donuts and garbage bags will all be provided by the WHRA!

Bring your own gloves and rake.

The event will begin at Carol Gilbert’s house at 130 Burnet Street, on the South West corner of Burnet and Brant streets.

Help our neighborhood for an hour of tidying up, then back to Carole’s house for coffee and a chat with your neighbours.  After all, it’s the people that make the West Harbour area such a great place to live!

For more information, please contact: