Power Up for History and Heritage

Media Release – October 28, 2020

Innisfil, ON – To recognize Innisfil’s heritage, the Town has turned five utility boxes into commemorative landmarks filled with rich and vibrant historical photos. 2020 has been designated the 200th anniversary of the founding of Innisfil and the COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged us to find new, exciting ways to mark the occasion. 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 public art for all to enjoy and safely celebrate our Bicentennial. Five locations have been wrapped, with an additional five locations scheduled in 2021.

With the continuation of COVID-19 restrictions, we hope that this project will add an element of surprise and delight for our community. This is an opportunity for residents to discover Innisfil`s past, get outside and celebrate together in the community.

2020 Locations

Alcona: Innisfil Beach Road across from the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, Lakeshore Branch
Alcona: Anna Maria Avenue at Ashwood (St. Francis of Assisi crosswalk)

Cookstown: Queen Street across from the Post Office

Sandy Cove: Lockhart Road in the Sandycove Mall parking lot

Stroud: Corner of Victoria St. and Yonge St.

“The Utility Box Wrap Project is about celebrating the people, places, and sense of community that make up the Town of Innisfil. It is a very creative and practical way of transforming the everyday, and often unnoticed, into something beautiful,” says Innisfil Mayor Lynn Dollin. “It’s such a wonderful way to preserve our history and share some of the amazing photos we have available in our archives. We need to keep those stories alive and share them with the community.”

The bicentennial is an opportunity to share the vibrant story of Innisfil and the people and the history of life in this small rural town. The Town of Innisfil was officially surveyed in 1820, opening the way for settlers to set up their homes, and begin farming. Residents are invited to learn more about our community’s rich history by visiting http://www.ourstoriesinnisfil.ca/

Our Stories Innisfil is an ongoing, large-scale collaborative community-led history project, building and collecting the pieces of Innisfil`s history to share and preserve for everyone. From oral histories to photographs to documents, Our Stories Innisfil is a partnership project spear-headed by the Innisfil Public Library, Innisfil Historical Society, and the Rotary Club of Innisfil. The digital historical content that you will find on the site has been shared with us through our numerous partners including the Innisfil Historical Society, the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library, and the Town of Innisfil.

This Utility Box Wrap Project was funded through the Community Anniversaries – Building Communities through Arts and Heritage grant received by the Town of Innisfil from the federal government.

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library Acting CEO Susan Baues and Mayor Lynn Dollin unveiling the wrapped Innisfil Bicentennial Utility Box.
From left to right, Innisfil ideaLAB & Library Acting CEO Susan Baues, Special Collections Librarian Kate Zubczyk, Councillor Bill van Berkel, Councillor Donna Orsatti, Councillor Alex Waters, Mayor Lynn Dollin and Councillor Kevin Eisses with the wrapped Innisfil Bicentennial Utility Box in Alcona.