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Heritage Day 2013: Good Neighbours Heritage Homes and Neighbourhoods on February 18, 2013

Ottawa, ON, November 21, 2012 – For Heritage Day 2013, Heritage Canada Foundation (HCF) encourages Canadians to celebrate Heritage Homes and Neighbourhoods and their importance to our communities. HCF promotes the third Monday in February as Heritage Day and has long advocated adopting this date as a national holiday.

Whether made up of elaborate Victorian-era homes and turn-of-the-century houses designed by master craftsmen, or simple war-time houses of the mid-20th century, older neighbourhoods are remarkable for their special character, mature trees, walkable streetscapes and proximity to public transit.

Investing in neglected homes and neighbourhoods can be an opportunity to provide affordable housing, improve public health, and revitalize and stabilize the community. A healthy neighbourhood is as important as a good home!

Heritage Day offers community groups and municipalities the chance to focus on their own historic homes and neighbourhoods. To download HCF’s Heritage Day Poster, and for suggested Heritage Day activities, visit