The Town of Innisfil owns 46 rights-of-way and easements that provide public access to Lake Simcoe and Kempenfelt Bay shorelines. These access points have unique features and amenities such as docks, swimming, beaches, boat launches, picnic areas, scenic views, ice fishing access, and more. The desire for greater public access to the waterfront has been a long-standing priority in Innisfil, with numerous studies and plans that support this dating back over the past 25 years. 

Lakeside park improvements

To improve public access and enjoyment of these spaces, a Lakeside Park Improvements Program started in 2017. Since the program started, we've made improvements to the following locations:

  • Shore Acres Drive - Gilford 
  • Gilford Road - Gilford
  • 9th Line (Bon Secours Park) - Alcona
  • Big Bay Point Road - Big Pay Point

Eastern Ave Lakeside Park

Eastern Ave Lakeside Park is included in the Lakeside Park Improvements Program. In 2022, we retained Schollen & Company Inc. to complete the design of the Eastern Ave Lakeside Park. The current park space has access to the lake via a concrete dock that is poor condition.

The new design of the park includes:

  • New seating including picnic tables, benches, and Muskoka chairs
  • Accessible parking space
  • Trail to the lake 
  • Wood viewing deck 

Park Rendering that shows, trail, dock, and seating area

Next steps

An arborist report has been completed to document tree condition. Based on the report, the recommended tree removal will start in November 2022 to prepare for the construction of the improvements. 

Construction is scheduled to start in spring 2023.