Oshawa Sites Nominated for Beauty

Photos and Story by Caley Bedore

Alter in Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden

Oshawa is scattered with places that are both beautiful and historic.

The Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens (OVBG) and Camp X have been nominated as part of Ontario Heritage Trust’s Favourite Sites for 2011.

The nominations are in the wake of Doors Open, a province-wide event where locals and visitors are invited to discover different places throughout their community. This year was the 10th anniversary of the event and in celebration Ontario’s most notable sites have been recognized.

Out of 4,500 sites all across the province, Oshawa can boast two nominations. Margaret Kish, Policy Advisor for Heritage Oshawa, says even being nominated is an incredible honour for the community.

“We are talking about all of Ontario, and the fact that we had two of our sites even nominated is kind of a big deal,” she says.

There are 15 different categories in the Ontario Heritage Trust Survey with the OVBG gaining recognition in the “Favourite Civic Space, Garden or Monument” and Camp X in the “Favourite Defence or Military Site.”

Although Camp X straddles the Oshawa and Whitby border, Kish says that the areas can share the recognition.

“We can all be proud to share a bit of history in the city,” she said.

It is unknown if Oshawa will be part of the Doors Open event in 2012 but it has been involved in the event for years now and Kish says it is a great way not only to learn about your own community, but those all across Ontario.

“There are a lot of beautiful spots in Oshawa that some people don’t even know about,” says Kish. “This not only gives people a chance to see what is in there own community but also shows them what other amazing historical sites there are out there.”

The below photos are of Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden, beautiful even in November.

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