L'Orignal Beach

People enjoying the beach on a sunny day

The beach is open for the 2024 season.

In the heart of the village of L'Orignal, at 772 Front Street West, on the shores of the Ottawa River, L'Orignal Beach is a quaint and ideal place to picnic and enjoy a beautiful sunny day. Swings for children, beach, long chairs and palapas, boat launch and spacious parking.

The swimming buoys are installed approximately the first week of June, however the installation is dependant of the river's water levels. For your safety, stay in the swimming areas marked by the buoys.

On this page

  1. 2024 Season and Hours of Operation
  2. Rules
  3. Beach Water Quality
  4. Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
  5. Safety Tips
  6. Boat launch

2024 Season and Hours of Operation 

Beachgoers are encouraged to review beach rules and FAQs before heading to L’Orignal Beach.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Sunday (including holidays) from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Unsupervised Beach

Please note that the designated swimming area of the beach is unsupervised, so there are no lifeguards. Swimming and water activities at this location are at your own risk. For your safety, stay in the swimming areas marked by the buoys.

Visit our Youtube channel to watch the meeting between the council members and the administration staff regarding the supervision of the beach (60 min. to 72 min.).

Did you know that?

  • Young children ages 1 to 4 and men ages 15 to 44 are at the greatest risk of drowning.

  • Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian children ages one to four.

  • A small child can drown in only a few centimetres of water-enough to cover the mouth and nose.

  • Other factors for adults in water-related fatalities included current and alcohol consumption.

See the Safe Swimming Tips section below for more information.


 It is prohibited to ...
  • Consume alcohol;

  • Have glass containers;

  • Drive a motor vehicle;

  • Barbecuing;

  • Have campfires;

  • Vape or smoke;

  • Defecate or urinate in public;

  • Set up pavilions, tents, sport-brellas or any mounted on supports. Only umbrellas with a centre pole no greater than seven feet, six inches in height and a maximum shade diameter of nine feet is permitted.

L'Orignal Beach rules are enforced by onsite beach staff, security and by-law enforcement.

 Are dogs allowed?
Dogs are allowed in the park, but not in the sand and mulch. Please make sure your dog is on a leash at all times. Pick up after your pet and use the garbage cans.

Beach Water Quality

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) samples the swimming water at all local public beaches throughout the operating season to ensure it does not exceed the established bacteria levels. If bacteria levels exceed the safe swimming limit, a sign is posted advising people that the water is unsafe for swimming. Beaches are re-opened after bacteria levels return to acceptable levels. 

Beach water quality is tested weekly for the presence of E coli bacteria. Learn more from Eastern Ontario Health Unit.


I am from outside of the Township of Champlain. Can I still come to the beach?

L’Orignal Beach is open to everyone.

Can my child access the beach alone?

All children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

What are the beach’s hours of operation?

L’Orignal Beach hours of operation are Monday to Sunday (including holidays) from 8am-9pm.  L’Orignal Beach is closed from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily. 

Are there any food trucks or shops to purchase food on the beach?

No. However, there are local shops and restaurants within a 5 to 10-minute drive of the beach. 

How often is the water tested at L’Orignal Beach? If so, where can I find these results?

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit tests the water quality at L’Orignal Beach and results are posted bi-weekly on their website.

Is alcohol allowed on the beach?

No, alcohol is not allowed on the beach. Please make sure to read and learn beach rules upon your arrival.

Can I bring a small barbecue on the beach?

No, barbecuing is prohibited, please pack a cold lunch.

Is there a charge for parking?

No, there is currently no parking fees however parking is very limited. 

Safety Tips

 Safe Swimming Tips

We want everyone to have fun in the water, and that starts with safety. If you are not a strong swimmer, please wear a PFD or stay out of the water.

Stay in the designated swimming area

We have a designated swimming area that is easily identified by buoys.
Visitors are encouraged to take a dip inside the buoys, closer to shoreline, as these areas generally include gently sloped beaches and softer bottoms.

Always watch children actively around water

Bring a PFD for younger children and those who can't swim, and never leave them unsupervised near water or - especially - in water, regardless of how shallow it may be. Keep a close eye on them at all times.

The Canadian Red Cross points out that “the absence of adult supervision is a factor in most child drownings”, whether or not the child can swim.

Items such as water wings and inflatable tubes are great, but they are not a substitute for a PFD or full-time adult supervision.

Always swim with a buddy

You may think that swimming alone in open water is safe, but it can leave you vulnerable.  Swimmers or waders can be swept away in an instant, particularly if non-swimmers or weak swimmers get caught by current in rivers or out of their depth in abrupt drop-offs. By swimming with a group of friends, you can have more fun with extra supervision.

Avoid alcoholic beverages and stay hydrated

Chances are, you won't be going to the beach when it's cold, but rather when it's warm and sunny. Therefore, dehydration may be more common than you think and affect your ability to enjoy the beach. Try to drink plenty of water throughout the day and also avoid alcoholic beverages, as they can impair your judgment and lead to dehydration.

 Safe Tips For Boaters

Safety should be your first concern before you leave the shoreline.

Every year in Canada hundreds of Canadians drown while boating.  Most of them never intended to be in the water, they were just enjoying their boating activity. Only 12.5 % of people who died were wearing a properly fastened and fitted lifejacket or PFD.

Wear a PFD at all times

All persons on board, even strong swimmers, should be wearing a lifejacket. Sudden immersion in cold water can affect your ability to function, including your ability to swim. Your PFD will not only keep you above water, but will also keep you warm until help arrives. Also, a simple fall can go wrong and if you lose consciousness, the PFD can save your life.

Be safe and responsible

Every year hundreds of people die as a result of boating-related activities. Almost 65% of these deaths involve the use of alcohol.

There is no safe way to mix alcohol and drugs with boating. Boat Smart... Boat Sober!

Wait until you are off the water before consuming alcohol. Remember, if you drink after a day of boating, be sure you have a designated driver for your vehicle.A person who has consumed alcohol or drugs should not be operating a boat. Provide non-alcoholic beverages for boat operators and passengers.

Make sure you have the minimum safety equipment

Along with your Pleasure Craft Operator Card, you are required by law to carry marine safety equipment.

Stand-Up Paddle Board and Paddleboats
  • Canadian-approved flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each passenger on board
  • Sound-signaling device
  • Watertight flashlight

  • Buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres in length
Kayaks and Canoes
  • Canadian-approved flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each passenger on board
  • Sound-signaling device
  • Watertight flashlight
  • Buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres in length
  • Bailer or manual bilge pump

  • Navigation lights

Powered Pleasure Craft Up to 6 m (19'8")
  • Canadian-approved flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each passenger on board
  • Buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres in length
  • Manual propelling device or anchor, and at least 15 m (49’3”) of cable, rope or chain in any combination

  • Bailer or manual bilge pump

  • Sound-signaling device
  • Navigation lights
  • Fire extinguisher (5 BC), if the pleasure craft is equipped with an inboard engine, a fixed fuel tank of any size, or a fuel-burning cooking, heating or refrigeration appliance

Consult the list of safety equipment by boat type

 Winter Safety Tips

Many factors affect safety on the ice (temperature, ice thickness, snow cover, water depth, currents).

Almost two thirds of ice-related incidents occur on lakes and the rest occur on rivers. It takes less than five minutes for cold water to start affecting your ability to move your limbs.

Don't trust the depth of the snow

The quality and thickness of ice can change very quickly and its appearance can be misleading. Snow acts as a blanket; it slows down the formation and growth of ice.

A sudden drop in air temperature may cause cracks in the ice.

Check with local authorities for information on local ice conditions before heading out on the ice

The minimum ice thickness should be:

  • 10 cm (4 in) for walking or solo skating
  • 12 cm (5 in.) for snowmobiling
  • 25 cm to 30 cm (10 to 12 inches) for group skating or games

Be ready for any emergency

Bring a small personal safety kit containing:

  • Lighter
  • Waterproof matches
  • Magnesium fire starter
  • Pocketknife
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Ice pick
  • Ice staff
  • Rope, and
  • Cell phone

Before you leave shore, inform someone of your destination and expected time of return.

You can find more advice on the Red Cross and Lifesaving Society websites.


Boat Launch

L'Orignal Beach also includes a boat launch for small watercrafts only. Please visit the Boat launch and Marina webpage for more information.

Picture of the road leading to the boat launch
Picture of a boating dock on the river
Picture of the boat launch at fall

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