L’Orignal Beach and Boat Launch access will be restricted to Champlain residents.

L’Orignal Beach and Boat Launch access will be restricted to Champlain residents.

Champlain, July 9, 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the L'Orignal Beach and Boat Launch located in the L’Orignal Park will be opened to Champlain residents only.

“Over the past two weeks, we experienced an amazing influx of visitors at our beach. With this warm weather and after spending weeks of home confinement we can understand that people need to get out, have fun, go to the beach”, said Mayor Riopel.

The Township made attempts to monitor and regulate the beach before restricting access. “We partnered with the OPP; scheduled additional employees; added two more portable washrooms; added more signage, etc.” precised Lisa Burroughs, director of Parks and Recreation.

“We anticipate an increase of visitors at the beach as we enter the month of July and people are taking their vacation and we don't have the resources to enforce even larger crowds so limiting access to residents only will ensure that our residents and staff remain safe. We must do our part to keep the COVID numbers down in our community” added the Mayor.

On the Special Council Meeting held on July 9, 2020, the Council resolved that the L’Orignal Park beach and L’Orignal Park boat launch be closed to non-residents of Champlain Township (effective immediately) until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic and authorize Township of Champlain employees to manage the access to the L’Orignal Park from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. seven (7) days a week until further notice.

Champlain Township residents, 13 years of age and above MUST present identification on site prior to being admitted. Mayor Riopel emphasizes: “No identification means no admittance. No exceptions will be tolerated.”

Remember that the COVID-19 fight is not over and our priority is to keep residents and employees safe.


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