L'Orignal Beach

Picture of the beach

Beach Water Is No Longer Monitored
Please note that water quality monitoring at L'Orignal Beach has ended for the season. Swimming is now at your own risk. We do suggest that families avoid submerging their heads in water and avoid getting into water above the waist.

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 the ideal place to picnic and enjoy a beautiful sunny day. Swings for children, beach, long chairs and palapas, boat launch and spacious parking.

2021 Season and Hours of Operation

COVID-19 | Updated June 25, 2021

The Township of Champlain is restricting L’Orignal Beach access to 80 vehicles (first come, first served) and limiting patron capacity to 200 people. Beachgoers are encouraged to review beach rules and FAQs before heading to L’Orignal Beach.

Temporary Restrictions During COVID-19

In 2021, L’Orignal Beach access will be based on an admission matrix (see below). Visitors residing in a region marked in a state of alert will be restricted.


Please note: The below admission matrix will be modified on a need-be basis as further direction from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and provincial recommendations are provided.

Upon entering the beach, security may ask for you to show the items within your bags. Refusal to do this will make a patron inadmissible to the beach.

Ontario Roadmap to Reopen for Eastern Ontario Region Resident of Champlain Non-resident of Champlain
Emergency brake
(June 3 - June 10)
Closed Closed
Step 1
(June 11)
Open Closed
Step 2
(June 30)
Open *Open with restrictions
Step 3
(approximately July 21)
Open *Open with restrictions

*Visitors from regions in a state of alert will be restricted.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Sunday (including holidays) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Beach Capacity

To ensure room for physical distancing, beach staff is only allowing 80 vehicles (about 200 people max) on L’Orignal Beach per day.

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.

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.

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 and medium-sized watercrafts only (maximum 18 ft i.e. Fishing boat, jet ski). There is no charge for launching, but there is limited parking.  Due to the heavy current and rocks in this area, experienced boaters recommended.

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

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.


Why have we have placed temporary restrictions to accessing L’Orignal Beach?

The Township of Champlain has placed temporary restrictions to accessing L’Orignal Beach to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the Township of Champlain. As restrictions loosen within the Province, restrictions will loosen at L’Orignal Beach, allowing more individuals to enjoy the beach.

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

L’Orignal Beach eligibility is dependent on the status of Ontario’s Reopening Framework. As the Province loosens restrictions, so will the restrictions at L’Orignal Beach. 

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?

To be able to oversee COVID restrictions, L’Orignal Beach hours of operation are Monday to Sunday (including holidays) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  L’Orignal Beach is closed from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily. Public access to the beach is permitted outside hours of operation unless the park is closed.Town by-law staff and the Ontario Provincial Police will monitor the beach.

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 will physical distancing measures be enforced on the beach and in the water?

L’Orignal Beach staff, security and municipal by-law enforcement officers will be available to enforce physical distancing amongst beachgoers. In addition, staff will be limiting the number of people allowed on the beach at one time (80 vehicles – about 200 people max).  

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 monthly on our 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. 

Contact Information

Icône google maps 772 Front Road West, L'Orignal, ON | Icône téléphone 613 678-3601 | Icône email Send an email to the Recreation Department

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