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2022 Heritage Hunt - Presented by the Peterborough & Kawarthas Association of Realtors

The Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (PACAC) has launched their annual Heritage Hunt contest inviting residents to test their knowledge of Peterborough’s architectural heritage for the chance to win great local prizes.

The contest involves identifying 34 architectural details on buildings in a defined area of the city. All details are visible from the sidewalk and both sides of the street are in play.  

This year’s hunt will take place downtown. Many of the highlighted properties are designated heritage sites and are recipients of the City’s Façade Improvement Grant. It’s a great chance to explore the downtown, which is currently being studied as a potential Heritage Conservation District.

The Heritage Hunt can be completed in two ways:

  • A fillable, mobile-friendly form, including a map of the Heritage Hunt area where all of the architectural details can be found, is available on the City’s website at www.peterborough.ca/heritagehunt.
  • Booklets are available for pick-up at City Hall, 500 George St. N. between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This year’s event is being sponsored by the Peterborough & Kawarthas Association of Realtors (PKAR). Kate Kidd, current President of PKAR says the association is pleased to support the project:

“PKAR is proud to sponsor the 2022 Heritage Hunt in the City of Peterborough. Heritage features add character and beauty to our city, fostering a sense of identity and community; they serve as a reminder to each of us that our city’s history belongs to us all, newcomers and long-time residents alike.”

Prizes will be awarded in both individual and group categories for the correct identification of the most architectural elements on the clue sheet. Prizes were generously donated by the Downtown Business Improvement Association and feature great offerings from local downtown businesses.

The contest closes August 1, 2022.

Doors Open Peterborough

Doors Open Peterborough is a city-wide event in which private and public heritage buildings open their doors (either physically or digitally) to the public for viewing for free. Funded by the Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (PACAC), Peterborough’s event is part of Doors Open Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust, and is a great opportunity for community engagement and education about our built heritage.

Following the theme of "Design and Adaptive Reuse", Doors Open Peterborough will be held in person on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come see how once shuttered or underutilized historic buildings in Peterborough have gained new life as something completely different – or vastly improved – and contributed to a more sustainable future.

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