Petitioning Mayor Mayor Rob Burton and 5 others

Save historic Glen Abbey from destruction and development


The Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, a site of significant cultural and natural heritage is threatened with destruction by a proposed high density development of residential, commercial and retail spaces on its limited greenspace. 

Situated on the heritage-designated former Raydor Estate, the present course was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus in his first foray in championship course design. As of 2007, majority ownership of the club property changed to predatory property developer Rai Sahi of Morguard Corp., who as of last year called for the site's destruction.

It is Canada's most famous golf course for 40 years, and has also been home to Golf Canada and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. It has hosted 28 Canadian Open Championships, more than any other course, with the first having been in 1977. Many historic sports achievements have occurred on this course, including a shot by PGA star Tiger Woods regarded as the most spectacular both of Woods' career and in recent PGA Tour history (video above).

The course in this half century has not only defined the Town of Oakville's identity, but also provides significant economic benefits for the hundreds employed in the service and hospitality sector when hosting one of the largest international sports events in all of Canada.

The proposed development calls for the significant destruction of the manicured and natural landscape, woodland canopy and rich soils to be replaced by enormous multi-level structures in a mature site expressly and historically zoned for perpetual recreational purposes.  The proposal ignores the Town's significant official plan, which concentrates meaningful growth in other specified areas with transportation infrastructure and economic activity.  In so doing, the developer's proposal encourages a perverse density that will overwhelm the existing Town corridors and facilities, adversely affecting neighbouring residents and businesses.

This development will disembowel the proverbial heart of Oakville, scarring its cultural and natural legacy.

This petition calls upon the Mayor Rob Burton and Town Councilors, as well as Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville Kevin Flynn, and Provincial Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon and Halton Region Chair Gary Carr to oppose the destruction of Glen Abbey by recognizing the intangible value of cultural and natural heritage of preserving Glen Abbey and thereby the legacy of nature, sport and history for future generations.

Save Glen Abbey, the heart of Oakville and national treasure.


This petition will be delivered to:
  • Mayor
    Mayor Rob Burton
  • Oakville Town Council
  • Member of Provincial Parliament
    Kevin Flynn
  • Eleanor McMahon
  • Halton Region Chair
    Gary Carr
  • Minister of Heritage
    Mélanie Joly

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