IHS Meeting - Saturday March 17 On-Gwe-Ho-Way Historical Re-enactors

The Innisfil Historical Society invites you to their March meeting on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Knock School heritage site, 7756 10 Sideroad.

This meeting's featured guests will be two members of the historical re-enactment group called On-gwe-ho-way (First Nations of

From Cookstown to Courcelette: Private George Copeland and WWI George Copeland at Courcelette

When the First World War broke out, George Albert Copeland of Cookstown enlisted for service overseas alongside thousands of Canadians. This free presentation by Sara Karn at the Lakeshore Branch traces Private Copeland’s life from his early days through to his wartime experiences, until his

Encore Presentation: Finding the Past in the Present Finding the Past in the Present: an Evening with Trevor Tristram

Attention lovers of history and all things Canadian: join us for a special presentation entitled Finding the Past in the Present by Trevor Tristram as he discusses how Canada’s role in the First World War and our collective memory of that event has influenced and shaped Canadian culture as we

Canada 150: Visual Stories of Innisfil Artist Jacqueline Swanek holds one of her framed watercolour paintings

See our community's history come alive in the creative artworks of local Innisfil artist, Jacqueline Swanek, as she reimagines the colours and textures of our memories in a brand new exhibit entitled Canada 150: Visual Stories of Innisfil. Inspired by vintage photographs from the Innisfil

Simcoe County at War Photo of five men in military uniforms from 1916

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live through World War I, either as someone on the front or here at home?

Beginning Tuesday May 30 until Friday June 30, stop by the Cookstown Branch of the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library (20 Church Street, Cookstown) to visit our exhibit "Simcoe

Innisfil Review 2020

Tell Your Innisfil Story!                    

Innisfil Historical Society is currently looking for public involvement in its newest book project, entitled Innisfil Review 2020.

We are actively seeking stories about families, businesses, sports clubs, and organizations—anything relating to Innisfil and the people who live here.

Whether you are new to the community or have been here for decades, we would like to hear from you, so your story can become part of the updated history of Innisfil. 

Knock School and Historic Plaque


The first historical review was published in 1951, followed by supplements in 1967 and 1984. In addition to these, the historical society has published several books about our municipality, including Farms of Innisfil and Innisfil Veterans.


This new edition of Innisfil's history, to be published in 2020, will have two goals:

1. to tell the story of Innisfil from where the last volume left off to the present day, and 

2. to tell stories that were not included in previous editions or related publications. 


If we hope to be successful with these two goals, we require the input of all of our citizens. We need to hear from you. 

This new edition will cover the 1980s, ’90s, and the new century, which have been decades of great change for our town. It will also fill in the blanks from previous volumes. 

We ask that you take some time and share your family's story, your business story, the story of your 90-year-old neighbour, or a special interest story. 

Guideline topics and questions are available upon request. If you require writing assistance or an interview, we can provide it. Simply call Donna at 705 436-2578.

Please send your stories and pictures to, or if that is not possible, mail them to: Innisfil Historical Society, PO Box 7176, Innisfil, ON, L9S 1A9

Our team of volunteers will be responsible for all editing and the final product. 


If you are interested in submitting a piece for this project, please consider using the following links to guide you through the process:

Local Business

Clubs and Organizations

Family Histories

Citizens Aged 90+


Chantler's General Store, Stroud 1930