Clarington is the most easterly Municipality within the Greater Toronto Area.  Located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, it is a large geographical area covering 612 square kilometres and is the amalgamation of the former Township of Darlington, the former Township of Clarke, the Town of Bowmanville, the Village of Newcastle, and the Police Village of Orono.  There are heritage buildings and structures scattered through-out the rural countryside and clusters of heritage homes within the towns and hamlets.  The residents of Clarington are very proud of their community’s history and its rich heritage building stock.       

The conservation of heritage resources officially began in 1974 when the Ontario Heritage Act gave local councils the authority to establish Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committees (LACAC).  The role of these volunteer committees was to advise and assist Councils on matters pertaining to the conservation of individual buildings of historic or architectural value under Part IV of the Act, and the conservation of groupings of buildings, known as heritage conservation districts, under Part V of the Act.  Clarington (known as the Town of Newcastle at the time) took advantage of this opportunity and appointed its first LACAC in 1977.    In 2006 the name of the Committee was changed to the Clarington Heritage Committee (CHC).  The role of heritage committees has expanded to include additional matters related to heritage issues that Councils would like the committee to address.  The history of the Clarington Heritage Committee, Terms of Reference, meeting schedule, and meeting minutes are posted on the Municipality of Clarington’s website.

Please click the tabs at the top of the page to view the information this website has to offer. If you have any questions or information you would like to provide on our heritage resources please contact us through the Municipality of Clarington Planning Services Department, Brandon Weiler, by email at or by phone at 905-623-3379, ext 2424.