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Stretching along the western shore of Lake Simcoe, Innisfil is an area rich in history and natural beauty.

Located less than hour north of Toronto, it has historically been a rural area, but growth in the Barrie area and the Greater Toronto Area has meant greater residential development.

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The name Innisfil comes from the Irish Inis Fáil, an ancient mythological name for Ireland. The Town was hewn from forests which had been home to the Huron Indians, and was first surveyed in 1820. The area originally encompassed more than 68 thousand acres, which included the villages of Allandale, Tollendal, Painswick, Minets Point, and Holly, all of which are now part of Barrie. The first settlers were the Hewson and Soules families who came by way of the East Holland River and Lake Simcoe to settle at Point Endeavour, which they renamed Hewson's Point, and later became known as Big Bay Point. 

Innisfil is made up of several communities, including Cookstown, Thornton, Alcona, Gilford, Big Bay Point, and Stroud. Many of its original, historical buildings and homes still stand. The Knock Community Centre, which was once a school, is now home to community events and the town museum and archives.

Cookstown is a hub of antique specialty stores and outlet shopping, and is known as the antique capital of southern Ontario. It is home to world class shopping destinations such as the Tanger Outlets Cookstown (formally the Cookstown Outlet Mall), a collection of brand name outlets offering designer fashions, athletic apparel, shoes and home accessories. The 400 Market is open on weekends, and is home to an antique market, food and other fun finds. And the Cookstown Antique Market offers a unique shopping experience inside a 6,000 square foot century-old barn. It is home to dozens of antique dealers, and is a great spot for decorators and collectors alike. Its' ever changing inventory includes vintage and antique furniture, lighting, linens, lace, heirloom textiles, purses, advertising, mantiques, nostalgia, glassware, jewellery, china, memorabilia and collectibles. Cookstown is also known for its annual garage sale called "Wing-Ding" which occurs the first weekend of June every year. The Cookstown Fair is held annually, usually in September. Cookstown is the birthplace of Emily Murphy, a noted Canadian women's rights activist. In 1916, she became the first woman police magistrate in Alberta, and in the British Empire. She is best known for her contributions to Canadian feminism, specifically to the question of whether women were "persons" under Canadian law. 

Alcona is undergoing a phenomenal growth trend with new homes and subdivisions stretching from Innisfil Beach Road south through the 6th Line. It is home to a new Canadian Tire, No Frills, Royal Bank, and more at the intersection of the 20th Sideroad. Alcona is also home to Innisfil Beach Park, along the shores of Lake Simcoe. The park covers nearly 70 acres at the end of Innisfil Beach Road, and is home to both Summerfest and Winterfest festivals and other fun events. The whole family will enjoy swimming, picnics, boating, and fishing! 

Home to the very first school built in Innisfil, in 1838, and the first church, Stroud still holds much of the town's history. Many historical older homes still exist, along with newer subdivisions as well. Located along Highway 11/Yonge Street, there's lots of amenities for residents of surrounding communities, including the post office, grocery store, dentist, drug store, and more.

If you feel the need for speed, Innisfil is home to Sunset International Speedway. The Saturday night races offer thrills and chills! And if go karting is your thing, the Innisfil Indy Karting in Gilford is a great way to spend a fun day with the family!

Golfers will find several beautiful courses throughout Innisfil, including Innisfil Creek Golf Club. It is a true links style course that combines traditional Scottish golf with fescue. At just under 6000 yards, the 18-hole, par 70 layout features some strategically placed water hazards and a number of interesting challanges. Innisfil Creek Golf Course is a great walking course that combines target golf with water. There are 7 bridges that cross the Innisfil Creek and a total of 14 ponds throughout the course.

Allandale Golf course and Big Bay Point Golf Course are both historical courses designed by none other than Stanley Thompson himself. And Innisbrook and National Pines are top rated courses that offer a challenging day on the links. 

If harness racing and slots are your passion, Georgian Downs offers more than a thousand machines to try your luck. The summer offers harness racing at its finest. 

Easy accessibility to Toronto via Highway 400, and the GO Train in south Barrie, make Innisfil an ideal choice for your next home. 

There is a GO Train station planned for central Innisfil in the future, as well as a health care hub to help serve Innisfil and Bradford residents.

Innisfil is still home to acres of beautiful farmland, and rolling hills which stretch for miles. After a long day at work, imagine coming home to this rural, recreational community.