COVID-19 Beach and Park Enforcement

The Town of Innisfil is implementing several new measures to ensure physical distancing, target illegally parked vehicles and help people enjoy Innisfil’s beaches safely.

The Town of Innisfil’s Community Development Standards Branch Officers (By-Law Officers) will tow illegally-parked vehicles. At the July 8 Special Council Meeting, Council directed staff to submit a request to the Ontario Court of Justice to raise set fines from $90 to $150. Once approved, a number of offences under the Town’s Parking By-law will be subject to these higher fines as a means of deterring illegal parking in and around the Town’s beaches and lake access points. See the COVID-19 Parking Fines By-law for details. 

Visitors to Innisfil Beach Park (IBP) will no longer be permitted to loiter on the sand area (i.e. Sitting down or sunbathing are prohibited. Setting up umbrellas, coolers, chairs, etc. is also not permitted). People may walk, run or play on the sand—and use it to access the water. We simply ask that if you are on the beach, you must be actively in motion!

The beach areas at Leonard’s Beach and 9th Line Beach will have maximum occupancies that will be posted on local signage. Visitors will be expected to examine beach areas before entering and make a reasonable assessment about whether to enter or not. Town staff will be monitoring closely, however, we ask that everyone do their part in ensuring their safety and the safety of others around them.

Barbecues and/or any other similar equipment used for outdoor cooking will not be permitted in any areas of Innisfil Beach Park until further notice. This measure will help free up town resources to enforce other measures at the park. Under our Parks By-law, the use of barbecues, camp stoves, cookers, or smokers in parklands is not permitted unless designated.  

All visitors must practise physical distancing of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from people outside of their immediate household/social circle.

Resident-Only Parking

Effective September 21, we’re reverting back to our metered (paid) parking lots that will open up for non-resident use 7 days a week at Guest Road and Shore Acres, with the exception of Innisfil Beach Park, which will open to paid parking Monday to Friday and continue to see resident-only parking only on weekends until the end of September. 

  • All other non-metered lots (10th line, 9th line etc.) will remain resident-only.
  • Our boat launch app will also be closed and we will be inviting residents to take part in a survey to tell us about their experience using this tool.

We use DH Towing located at 940 Ewart Street in Belle Ewart to tow illegally parked vehicles. If your vehicle has been towed, please contact 705-431-2900. If you cannot get in contact with DH Towing or they do not have record of your vehicle being towed, please call South Simcoe Police’s non-emergency number at 705-436-2141 Ext. 0. 

Innisfil Beach Park Rules 

Due to COVID-19, some operations have changed at Innisfil Beach Park:

  • Park hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. All visitors and vehicles must exit the park before gates are locked at 9:01 p.m.
  • No outdoor cooking or fires of any kind permitted
  • Dogs are temporarily permitted at Innisfil Beach Park on weekends and statutory holidays during the park’s operational hours. Dogs must be leashed at all times, and are not permitted on beaches/sports fields or within 15 metres of the water’s edge. 
  • No motorized vehicles
  • No alcohol or smoking (hookah pipes, cigarettes, marijuana) is permitted within the park 
  • No littering
  • No fireworks

Any activity deemed to be inappropriate or hazardous to public safety, as determined in the discretion of staff members or agents working on behalf of the Town, will not be tolerated. Contravention of these rules is an offence under Town By-Law 039-16 and may result in prosecution.

Restricting Access

Council and staff at the Town of Innisfil have heard from a number of residents the desire to restrict access to IBP to non-residents. Even if the Mayor or Council wanted to proceed with such a proposal, significant legal and operational hurdles have been identified, including the very real potential that a legal challenge may be brought to reverse any such decision by Council. Read more on our Innisfil Beach FAQ page.

Staff and Council continue to look for ways to encourage and allow people to enjoy our beaches and park spaces in a way that promotes the safety and well-being of all during these challenging times.