There are ice fishing huts, and then there are these amazing works of art located on and near Lake Simcoe. Last year, The Town of Innisfil and the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library partnered with a local ice fishing hut operator—Gail’s Hotbox Ice Huts—and local artists to transform 11 huts “into beautiful, engaging, and thought-provoking art displays,” says Wendy Ricciardi, the communications coordinator for the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library. This year marks the second season of the Ice Hut Public Art Project; five more designs by local artists were added to the 2022/2023 collection. “The purpose of the project was to connect citizens to their community and their shared history, and raise awareness regarding diversity and inclusion while providing opportunities for local artists,” says Ricciardi. “It was to lift our community’s spirits during the long winter months, promote local tourism, and encourage a family-friendly Canadian pastime.”
You can learn more about the project here.