The Ontario Geographic Names Board (OGNB) has officially changed the name of the body on water on Orangeville’s eastern border.

Originally known as the Orangeville Reservoir when it was created in the 1970s, it has been known locally as Island Lake for years, named after the Island family who had previously owned and farmed the land.

The board concluded that the naming proposal of Island Lake meets local usage for 20 years or more. The name was recommended by the board earlier this year and was approved by the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry on August 14. The name will now be distributed by the OGNB for use on official maps and documents.

Island Lake Conservation Area was created with the construction of two dams by Credit Valley Conservation in 1967. The reservoir was designed to maintain water quality and quantity through controlled outflows into the Credit River and to provide a recreational resource.

The conservation area has experienced increasing numbers of visitors with the development of the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail around the lake’s perimeter, and events at the newly-erected amphitheatre stage, in addition to the skating, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and fishing activities. The 2017 Island Lake Conservation Area visitation numbers show 43,309 visits through the gatehouse and 225,162 trail users (from various access points).