Return of Canada Day Celebrations a Success in Champlain

Champlain Township, July 4, 2022 - Despite a forecasted chance of rain, the sun was shining as people returned to Champlain's municipal beach on July 1st to celebrate Canada Day together once again. The annual event, which had been on hiatus for the last two years due to COVID-19, came back better than ever. Even before the live show started at 7 p.m. families crowded to the area as of 2 p.m. eager to participate in the event put on by the Township of Champlain, Firefighter's Association of L'Orignal  and partners. 

"It's always a pleasure to host Canada Day in our community, but this year it felt even more special and appreciated by all. A huge thank you to the Firefighter's Association of L'Orignal for our partnership and to all of the volunteers and staff that make it possible." said Lisa Burroughs, Director of Parks and Recreation.

People filled every corner of L'Orignal Park to take in the day's entertainment, visit the ice cream food truck, enjoy the beautiful beach, or let their kids play on the bouncy castles. Later, the evening featured a lively concert of John & Biz Band, and once dusk settled in, everyone gathered along the shore to take in a spectacular fireworks display, signalling the end of a successful Canada Day.

“It’s definitely a great turnout kicking of return of events to the Township of Champlain,” Normand Riopel, Mayor of the Township said. “It’s just amazing how many people are out already,” Riopel said early in the event. “We just kicked off at noon and it’s pretty packed already. The high level of participation in the event by the families of Champlain reinforces how events like this are necessary.”

Picture 1 - Mayor Normand Riopel with François Bellemare, volunteer firefighter and Chairperson of Firefighter's Association of L'Orignal, and Ghislain Pigeon, Director of Fire Services.

Mayor Riopel with Francois Bellemare and Ghislain Pigeon cutting the cake
L'Orignal Old Jail drawing station
Three adults in the foam pit
Child playing in foam pit
Child sliding in the slip and slide
Knights of Columbus of L'Orignal popcorn station
Mother with her baby at the beach
Queue in front of Belle's Ice Cream foodtruck
Group of children full of foam