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Holiday Season in Champlain!

Posted On Wednesday December 01, 2021

When the trees are cleared, the weather is gray and the nights are chilly, Champlain is decked out in its brightest lights and preparing to welcome the holiday celebrations.

Gingerbread House Contest

From December 1 to 20, you could be selected as the "Official Champlain Gingerbread House Maker"! Visit our Facebook page @Champlain.ON and post a photo of your gingerbread house in comments under the contest post or send your photo to

The first 20 families to contact the Parks and Recreation Department will receive a free building kit, which must be picked up at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre. To receive one of the 20 kits, contact us at 613 678-3601 or

The winner(s) will be announced on December 21. Good luck to all the little crafters!

Holiday Pick-Up Hockey and Public Skating 

Every day from December 28 to 30 and from January 4 to 7, the Parks and Recreation Department is offering FREE public skating and pick-up hockey. Let's spend the energy from the holiday sugar high!


9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

December 28

Pick-Up Hockey

Public Skating

December 29

Public Skating

Pick-Up Hockey

December 30

Pick-Up Hockey

Public Skating

January 4

Public Skating

Pick-Up Hockey

January 5

Pick-Up Hockey

Public Skating

January 6

Public Skating

Pick-Up Hockey

January 7

Pick-Up Hockey

Public Skating

Please note that the Vankleek Hill Community Centre is closed from December 24 to 27 and December 31 to January 3.

Municipal Offices Closed

Municipal offices and Town Hall will close on Friday, December 24 at noon and will reopen on Monday, January 3. Please note that the online request service and social media messaging will also be suspended during this period.

Holiday Collection Schedule

This year, the holidays will not affect regular collections. They will occur as usual.

Natural Christmas Trees Collection

Natural trees will be collected during the week of January 3rd. Place your Christmas tree no later than 7 a.m. on the Monday. No vehicle will return to an area if pickup has already occurred. Ensure trees are behind the curb and not in the path of the snowplows.

  • Remove all decorations from the Christmas tree.
  • Do not place the tree in a plastic bag.
  • Place the tree with the base facing the street.
  • Make sure the tree is not covered in snow and is not obstructing the sidewalk.
  • When snow is expected, make sure the Christmas tree is not obstructing the road to facilitate loading.

Winter Parking Restrictions

Are you expecting guests over the holidays? Make sure you have enough spaces in your parking lot to avoid unpleasant surprises.

  • In L'Orignal and Vankleek Hill, overnight parking is prohibited between midnight and 7 a.m. from October 31 to March 31.
  • In Longueuil and West Hawkesbury, parking on the street is prohibited at all times from October 31 to March 31.

Plan accordingly.

Happy Holidays to all Champlain residents!

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