Champlain Monument



In 2015, the City of Orillia marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Samuel de Champlain to the Orillia area. Activities included speaker series, exhibits, theatrical performances and a commemorative canoe voyage marking the explorer's passage through the Narrows in 1615. 

As part of the legacy of this anniversary, Parks Canada will be restoring the Champlain Monument in Couchiching Beach Park. The required work includes repairing the staircase and plinth along with conservation work on the statues and will be executed in three phases: 

Phase 1 - Fall 2017

Demolition and removal work will begin at the site along with construction of a new foundation

Phase 2 - Fall 2017 to Winter 2018

Conservation work on the bronze statues and masonry steps will be done along with the fabrication of a new plinth. 

Phase 3 - Spring 2018

Restoration of the monument within the park.

Under federal jurisdiction, work on the monument is the administrative and financial responsibility of the Government of Canada. Previously scheduled for 2017, the bids received through the tender process did not meet the required timelines and budget. As a result, Parks Canada is looking to re-tender the project in 2017 to avoid the busy festival season along with plans within Couchiching Beach Park to mark the City's sesquicentennial. 

The tender will be posted to