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Thursday and Friday removed from Orillia waterfront parking program

Posted on Tuesday August 18, 2020
Visitors Parking Key Map
• Key map of Municipal Lots 8 and 12 indicating where visitor parking is available in Couchiching Beach Park.

The City of Orillia is removing Thursday and Friday from its short-term waterfront parking and boat launch program effective this week as park and beach numbers remain under control and the summer winds down. Restrictions will still be in effect on Saturday and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will include Labour Day Monday, which will be the final day of the temporary program. 

“The short-term parking and boat launch program has been an effective tool in curbing what was a dangerous overcrowding issue at our popular waterfront parks and beaches. Now that we are five weeks into the temporary program, we feel comfortable lifting the restrictions from Thursday and Friday due to recent observations of the parks being less busy on those days. It’s important to keep Saturday and Sunday restrictions in effect to limit crowding on these popular days so that we don’t undo the extremely hard work put in place to keep our community safe. As we’ve done throughout the entire pandemic, the City continues to adapt its response and measures based on current circumstances,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. 

As of Aug. 17, 2020, 8,482 resident parking permits have been issued to City of Orillia residents and taxpayers. Those parking permits are still required on Saturday and Sunday. If you haven’t downloaded your parking permit, they are available at Non-residents will still have to pay $50 to park and $50 to launch their boats on Saturdays and Sundays and Labour Day Monday until Sept. 7, 2020 at the following locations with limited visitor parking: Couchiching Beach Park, Centennial Park, Veterans’ Memorial Park and J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park parking lots (including municipal parking lots 8 and 12 due to their proximity to the waterfront) and surrounding streets and the Couchiching Beach Park and Collins Drive boat launches. 

Signage will be updated where possible; however, side streets signed as “no parking except by resident parking permit” will remain unchanged for the duration of the program but will not be enforced on Thursday and Friday. 

The short-term waterfront parking program only applies to the City of Orillia waterfront parking areas. Parking in Downtown Orillia remains free until Sept. 8, with on-street parking reserved for 30-minute curbside pick-up and municipal lots (with the exception of lots 8 and 12 near the Couchiching Beach waterfront) for two hours to promote longer stays. 

Parking ambassadors will continue to work on Saturdays and Sundays at both Couchiching Beach Park (Orillia Waterfront Centre) and boat launch and J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park (Kids for Turtles Building) and Collins Drive boat launch to print resident parking permits and process visitor payments until Sept. 7. Visitor parking for Couchiching Beach Park, Centennial Park and Veterans’ Park remains limited to Municipal Lots 8 and 12 (see attached map) on Saturday and Sunday and can be purchased through the pay-and-display machine or by using the City’s Passport Parking app. Visitor parking at J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park is limited to the Udell baseball diamond lot. 

“Make no mistake, we love our neighbours and visitors and fully understand the value they bring to the City of Orillia. Not being able to accommodate township residents in the City’s short-term parking program was extremely difficult. I can assure you, this measure was strictly a COVID health and safety strategy.  We had to turn this program around in a very short order. The City did not have technical infrastructure or resources necessary to accommodate the additional township population and there was no ability for the townships to implement a reciprocal parking program on such short notice. Council has asked staff to explore a potential future waterfront parking strategy that will be inclusive of our immediate neighbours,” added Mayor Clarke.    

With the recent change to the program, parking and boat launches are now free Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Terry Fox Circle will be open to traffic from Monday to Friday, but closed Saturday and Sunday (and Labour Day Monday). The last day of the short-term waterfront parking and boat launch program is Sept. 7, 2020 (originally the program was scheduled to continue until Sept. 13, 2020). 

If you plan to visit a City of Orillia beach or boat launch, please do so safely and responsibly. 

  • We ask that you visit beaches and boat launches close to your home.
  • Follow physical distancing guidelines of 2m/6ft.
  • Adhere to gathering restrictions and social circles of no more than 10.
  • Practice good hand hygiene and wear a mask when physical distancing is a challenge.
  • Adhere to barbecuing and cooking restrictions within City parks.

Please follow the COVID-19-related restrictions in place so we can all enjoy these amenities safely. 

For more information visit:


Mayor Steve Clarke

Brent Thomas
Orillia Fire Chief

Gayle Jackson
Chief Administrative Officer

Jennifer Ruff
Director of Business Development and Communications