Spanning 262.71 square kilometres in the southern area of the province and with a population of over 36,000 people, Innisfil is located near the communities of Barrie, Newmarket, Angus, and New Tecumseth. The city borders the shore of the Cook’s Bay portion of Lake Simcoe and has a number of creeks running through it. Innisfil includes a number of small communities, such as Alcona, Innisfil Heights, Killarney Beach, Big Cedar Point, Simcoe Beach, Cookstown, Churchill, Gilford, and Stroud. The town’s name comes from an ancient mythological name for ‘Ireland’.
Area: 262.71 km2
Innisfil’s northern section is mostly residential, but also has golf courses, accommodations such as hotels and motels, parks, a few restaurants and shops, some small local businesses, and views of Lake Simcoe. A number of small creeks flow through this section.
The central section of town also has plenty of residential areas, as well as schools, parks, a library, a beach club, restaurants, stores, service providers like banks and churches, and beach areas. Most of the amenities and residential areas can be found close to the shore of Lake Simcoe.
A curling club, churches, a community centre, resorts, a marina, a few restaurants, golf courses, parks, creeks, and a couple of small lakes can be found among the residential areas in the southern section of Innisfil. This section also has views of Cook’s Bay on Lake Simcoe.
There are plenty of places to golf in Innisfil. The Allandale Golf Course was founded in the early 1930s and is a 9-hole course that also has a driving range. Various leagues play at the course, and tournaments are also hosted here. Big Cedar Golf and Country Club, also founded in the early 1930s, is a semi-private 9-hole course that is home to a number of leagues and tournaments. The venue has a clubhouse that can be rented for private events such as weddings, showers, or corporate meetings.
Innisfil Beach Park, located along the shore of Lake Simcoe, covers 68 acres and has a number of sandy beaches, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, barbequing areas, picnic areas, a basketball court, a volleyball court, a tennis court, a snack bar, pavilions, boat launches, and restroom facilities. The park is a popular spot for picnicking, boating, swimming, fishing, and playing a variety of sports.
Major industries in Innisfil include business and professional services, manufacturing, and retail. Types of services offered in the town include accounting/financial/investment, legal, computer/technology, consulting, and marketing and promotion. The service industry is also a major contributor to the economy due to tourism in the area, and it includes accommodations, restaurants, shops, and attractions.
The town has an economic development committee, which includes local government representatives, as well as town residents representing various economic sectors. The committee serves to make recommendations to the town on business development, tourism, and other economy-related topics.
New condo options and newly built homes can be found in this section, and come with high price tags. Some single-family homes are on sprawling lakefront lots. There are also some older single-family homes that are more affordable, as well as high-priced vacant land.
In the western area of the town’s central section, single-family homes can be quite expensive due to the amount of land on which the homes are situated. Vacant land comes at a high price in this section, and single-family homes close to the lake can also be expensive. Some commercial spaces are also available here.
Single-family homes, particularly those close to or on Lake Simcoe, tend to come with a hefty price tag in the southern section of Innisfil. Large, rural-style lots are common in this section, and vacant lots can be high-priced. Condos and commercial options are not as common here.
Innisfil has a number of schools, including Sunnybrae Public School, Goodfellow Public School, Holy Cross Catholic School, Alcona Glen Elementary School, Lake Simcoe Public School, Quiet Waters Montessori Academy, Innisfil Montessori Academy, Nantyr Shores Secondary School, St. Nicholas Catholic School, Timothy Christian School, Kempenfelt Bay School, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, Innisfil Central Public School, and Killarney Beach Public School.
Residents must travel to nearby Barrie to access post-secondary options such as CTS Canadian Career College, Georgian College, and Academy of Learning College.