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New winter sport in Innisfil: hunting for ice hut art

Plans are to expand the Ice Hut Art project next winter

Ice fishing huts have been an iconic part of winter in the Town of Innisfil, where ice fishing on Lake Simcoe attracts both residents and tourists.

Now, thanks to The Ice Hut Art Project, a collaboration between the Town’s Innisfil ideaLAB & Library and local company Gail’s Hotbox Huts, huts have taken on new meaning in the community.

Thirteen local artists were invited to transform 10 plywood ice fishing huts through their artwork, and use the opportunity to express their personal connections to winter, Lake Simcoe and Innisfil itself.

The decorated huts have been placed on display throughout the town, from Gilford and Innisfil Beach Park to more landlocked locations that include both Stroud and Cookstown. The idea is to promote both art and culture, but also winter activity.

Residents are invited to take a self-directed tour of the Ice Hut Art, following the map provided by the ideaLAB (click here) and travelling around Innisfil to discover and enjoy the artwork.

There’s an additional incentive during March Break: snap a photo of any hut on the tour and tag @InnisfilideaLAB using #IceHutArt, and participants could win a $50 dining gift card. Contest continues until March 20.  

Just a note: Two of the ice huts, which were out on the ice of Lake Simcoe, have been removed – as part of the requirement that all ice huts must be off the lake by March 15. A third hut has been moved to Lefroy Harbour Resort.