All in-person events are on hold until further notice due to COVID-19.
See below for our virtual celebrations!
Looking Back and Moving Forward
It’s time to celebrate, Innisfil turns 200!
The Bicentennial is an opportunity to tell the vibrant story of Innisfil and the people, the history of life in this small rural town, looking back on the past 200 years while embracing the next 100 to come with the innovative growth of the future. It’s an opportunity to celebrate and innovate, to reflect and look forward to what’s to come.
This milestone will be celebrated with special virtual events throughout the year, so mark your calendars and plan to come be a part of the year-long birthday celebration! More details to follow.
Tree of Life Bicentennial Labyrinth
Nestled in the field adjacent to the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, Cookstown Branch lies a peaceful retreat offering a tranquil spot for reflection to both residents and visitors to Innisfil. In honour of Innisfil’s 200th anniversary, the Town of Innisfil presents the Tree of Life Labyrinth. This outdoor living art installation created by renowned artist, Denis Bolohan, opens to the public Tuesday, June 22 til mid September. This project is courtesy of the Town of Innisfil and the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library as part of Innisfil’s Bicentennial. The Tree of Life Labyrinth is just one of many initiatives designed to uplift the spirits of residents, focus on mental health and community building based on the identified pillars in the Community Needs Assessment. The Labyrinth was funded through the Community Anniversaries – Building Communities through Arts and Heritage grant from the Government of Canada.
Seeds of Hope
Innisfil residents were invited to pick up their free “Seeds of Hope” to plant in their own backyards. Those who participated received gladiolas bulbs – with a bloom of yellow which is recognized as the colour of hope. This initiative inspired the community to grow a beautiful blooming Hope Garden in safety of their own yards. The Town of Innisfil and Innisfil ideaLAB & Library would like to thank Tempo Flexible Packaging for the donation of the bulbs and packaging for this initiative. In 2020, the company marked 50 years of calling Innisfil home and was excited to support residents.
Twenty colourful banners now decorate street light poles in Alcona, with an additional seven banners installed in Cookstown. These new banners commemorate Innisfil’s Bicenntennial and enhance the streetscape with vibrant designs. The street banners project was funded through the Federal Community Anniversaries – Building Communities through Arts and Heritage grant.
In December of 2020, the Town of Innisfil added a ray of light to Innisfil Beach Park, one evergreen tree now standing out among the rest, the Innisfil Hope Tree. Adorned with bright white lights, this tree was unlike any other, a symbol of resilience, perseverance, and hope to focus the conversation on positivity within the community.
In addition to a new and exciting beacon for residents to enjoy, a mailbox was available at the site to encourage visitors to drop off letters of their hopes for the future. The notes were collected and then shared through Get Involved Innisfil. The Hope Tree project is a joint collaboration of the Town of Innisfil and Innisfil ideaLAB & Library and is proudly supported by Council.
To recognize Innisfil’s heritage, the Town of Innisfil has turned five utility boxes into commemorative landmarks filled with rich and vibrant historical photos. These wrapped boxes are a way to honour and celebrate the Town’s past as well as creating a place-making feature in Innisfil neighbourhoods, a form of art for all to enjoy and safely celebrate our bicentennial. Five locations have been wrapped, with an additional five locations scheduled in 2021. The Utility Box Wrap Project was funded through the Community Anniversaries – Building Communities through Arts and Heritage grant received by the Town of Innisfil. Photos supplied from Our Stories Innisfil, a large-scale collaborative community-led history project, building and collecting the pieces of Innisfil’s history to share and preserve for everyone.
What better way to celebrate Innisfil’s Bicentennial than to test your knowledge about our Town. Residents joined Innisfil ideaLAB & Library staff for a virtual trivia night: All about Innisfil, from hurricanes to barn raisings, Innisfil has seen it all over the past two hundred years.
Innisfil ideaLAB & Library along with the Town of Innisfil is partnering with Innisfil Sculpture Group to celebrate Innisfil’s 200th birthday with a town wide exhibition of works to bring awareness to public art in uncommon places. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all installations will be postponed til Spring 2021. Take a look at what you can look forward to!
Innisfil Historical Society commemorated Innisfil’s Bicentennial with the launch of their latest historical review. The first historical review was published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the municipality in 1951. After 4 years of work, the 2020 Historical Review – Town of Innisfil’s 200th Anniversary Edition was available to purchase. A great collectible for residents past and present.
It was a hard decision but our Judges Mayor Lynn Dollin & award winning Food Network baker Beatriz Muller choose a winner in our Big June Bake!
Residents were invited to bake and decorate a birthday for Innisfil’s 200th birthday for their chance to win a 2 tier celebration cake or a baking lesson by Cakes by Beatriz, winner of the Food Network Holiday Gingerbread showdown. Our winner of this delicious to the eyes event was Lauren and Elizabeth Diab.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at Innisfil’s first Virtual Bicentennial Celebration, a free live concert with singer songwriter Michael Gabriel. What an amazing performance. To view the concert, visit the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library’s Facebook page.
Thank you to our partners, Innisfil, Arts, Culture, & Heritage Council and Innisfil ideaLAB & Library.
Learn more about the performer at michaelgabrielmusic.com.
Stephen Travers joined us for a special historical proclamation for the launch of Innisfil’s Bicentennial celebration. A special commemorative flag was revealed sharing the official logo for the celebrations. The Heritage Committee was onsite displaying a selection of their heritage signs in the front lobby of Town Hall along with the Reid brothers Innisfil Post card
display. This year will be an opportunity for residents to discover the hidden gems in Innisfil and celebrate together in the community.
Watch for our special guests as they wish Innisfil Happy Birthday! Birthday wishes videos will be posted to the Town of Innisfil Facebook page starting the 1st week of June.
We invite residents to show off their singing skills by sending us their own versions of Happy Birthday wishes to Innisfil.
Send your video messages to Innisfil200@innisfil.ca
Thank you to our community partners:
Town of Innisfil
Innisfil Historical Society
Innisfil Heritage Committee
Cookstown Chamber of Commerce
Innisfil Rotary Club
Innisfil Arts Culture & Heritage Council
Innisfil Community Events Corp.
Innisfil Sculpture Group
Innisfil ideaLAB & Library
2020 Historical Review – Town of Innisfil 200th Anniversary Edition
The book can be ordered for the “Early Bird” price of only $20, taxes included, until June 26; after June, $25.
Books can be ordered online, sending an etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org (code: George) or send a cheque payable to IHS 2020 Book, at IHS 2020 Book, c/o George Pohle, 5479 Yonge St., Gilford ON L0L 1R0.