Canada Day celebration at Island Lake marks official opening of waterfront amphitheatre

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) hosted an unforgettable 150th Canada Day celebration at Island Lake Conservation Area, officially opening its new waterfront amphitheatre. Hundreds of local residents gathered for the ribbon cutting, cupcake giveaway, axe throwing demonstration, wood burning crafts, fireworks and a performance by local band the Campfire Poets.

The amphitheatre’s floating stage was constructed in 2015, but the large roof that completes the amphitheatre was installed only a few weeks ago by the company Britespan. Funding and support for the amphitheatre was provided by the Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands, The Government of Canada and Home Hardware.

Marking the occasion were MP David Tilson, MPP Sylvia Jones, Dufferin County Warden Darren White, Orangeville Mayor Jeremy Williams, Mono Mayor Laura Ryan, Amaranth Mayor and CVC Vice Chair Don MacIver, Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands President Adrian Bita and Executive Director of Headwaters Tourism Michele Harris, who was the evening’s master of ceremonies.

“Island Lake has seen a lot of community infrastructure development in recent years” said Don MacIver. “The completed Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail, Bob’s Bridge and now the amphitheatre show what can happen when the Friends of Island Lake (FOIL) and the community come together to improve the public spaces we all cherish.”

In 2012, Theatre Orangeville approached CVC with the vision of creating a “floating stage” at the park. CVC decided to move forward with the idea after evaluating the proposed location and consulting with local community stakeholders.

“The Island Lake amphitheatre offers a unique visitor experience and a great opportunity for community programming with nature as the backdrop,” said Bill Lidster, Manager of Conservation Parks for CVC. “We’re proud of our partnership with Theatre Orangeville and excited about the entertainment opportunities we can offer the community, like outdoor weddings, yoga in the park, theatre productions and more.”

In total, the project cost approximately $160,000 and is 100 per cent Canadian made. The amphitheatre’s 12 by 19 metre stage was built by CVC staff and comfortably seats 150 people on chairs. The grassy area surrounding the stage can hold up to 1,500 people, ideal for spectators.

Visit to learn more about activities at Island Lake Conservation Area and to book the amphitheatre for special events.

Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.


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Dignitaries and community partners gather to cut the ribbon celebrating the official opening of Island Lake’s shoreline amphitheatre.
From left to right: Orangeville Councillor and CVC Board Member Gail Campbell, Former GM of Theatre Orangeville Marilyn Logan, GM Theatre Orangeville Bernadette Hardaker, Orangeville Home Hardware Melody Crowe, Orangeville Home Hardware Buddy Pitt, Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands Carolyn Tann-Jacobs, Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands Margorie Grimes, Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands Jeff Bathurst, Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands President Adrian Bita, Amaranth Mayor and CVC Vice Chair Don MacIver, MPP Sylvia Jones, MP David Tilson, Mono Mayor Laura Ryan, Dufferin County Warden Darren White, Chair of Headwaters Tourism Stacey Copeland, Orangeville Mayor Jeremy Williams, Executive Director of Headwaters Tourism Michele Harris and Director of Corporate Services for CVC Jeff Payne.

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Dignitaries and community partners celebrate after cutting the ribbon for the official opening of the Island Lake’s shoreline amphitheatre. Special guests are covered by the recently installed roof.

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