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Navigating the Downtown Waterfront

The City of Orillia is excited to welcome residents and visitors to its beautiful downtown waterfront area after extensive reconstruction took place in 2023. Some construction projects continue within the area; however, most amenities, businesses, parks and Couchiching Beach are open.

Construction Projects

Construction

Parking Impacts

Parking

Boat Launch Impacts

Boat Launch 

Port of Orillia

Port of Orillia

Park Amentity Impacts

Amenities 

Special Event Impacts

Special Events

 

Construction Projects 

Centennial Boat Launch Parking Lot Reconstruction Project - Currently Underway

Reconstruction of the Centennial Park Boat Launch Parking lot is underway. The reconstruction project is geared towards organizing and improving public parking opportunities, enhancing the parkland configuration, improving pedestrian safety, and providing additional resting and picnic areas close to the boat launch and waterfront (see design rendering). The reconstruction of the Centennial Park Boat Launch Parking Lot is anticipated to be complete by Canada Day and is dependent on project milestones and weather conditions. Sign up for the mailing list to receive updates on the project directly to your email.  Visit the project page for more details.

Impacts:

During the reconstruction project, the Centennial Park Boat Launch Parking Lot and boat launch will be fenced and closed off to public entrance until completion. The waterfront boardwalk at the lake’s edge will remain open and usable for pedestrians and cyclists. The trail will need to be closed during the period of construction; however, detours will be in place.

Alternative Boat Launch Available:

The Collins Drive Boat Launch at 425 Collins Dr. is available for boat launching and the dock is expected to be installed in the next few weeks. Boaters are reminded that the Collins Drive Boat Launch is in shallow water and is to be used at your own risk. The City’s Boat Trailer Parking Program will start for the season on May 15, 2024 and is in effect seven days a week (Monday through Sunday) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Oct. 15. Orillia residents, and those who pay taxes directly to the City, can park their boat trailer for free by displaying a 2024 Resident Boat Trailer Parking Permit, available at orillia.ca/parking.

Laclie Street Reconstruction - Currently Underway

The second phase of the Laclie Street Reconstruction Project, from Borland Street to Parkhurst Crescent, is underway and consists of road reconstruction and infrastructure replacement, including new watermain, sanitary and stormwater sewers, new sidewalks, and new traffic signals at North Street. Once the construction schedule and traffic detours are finalized by the contractor, more information related to road closures and traffic detour schedules will be communicated by the City.

For more information, please visit the project webpage.

Waterfront Redevelopment Project - Currently Underway

In 2012, the City adopted the Downtown Tomorrow Plan, which set out a long term vision to better connect the downtown core and waterfront area. In 2016, the City acquired 70 Front Street North, an underutilized parcel of land which contained a large commercial plaza, with the intent to extend Coldwater Street to Centennial Drive and facilitate redevelopment of the southern portion of the plaza.

As a shared vision between the City and the developer is crucial to the success of this project, the 9.75-acre site was sold through two phases. The first phase was the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which determined a shortlist of qualified proponents who share Council’s vision. The second phase was the Request for Proposals (RFP), which invited the shortlisted proponents to submit their detailed redevelopment proposal for the site.

In 2021, FRAM Building Group was selected as the preferred proponent for the Waterfront Redevelopment Project. The property sale to FRAM Building Group (FRAM) was completed on April 5, 2022. Moving forward, the concept will be further developed and refined through the development approval process.

Terry Fox Circle Project - Anticipated for 2025

The Terry Fox Circle project is anticipated to take place in 2025 (subject to Council budget approval), the reconstruction project is to address the condition of the Terry Fox Circle within Couchiching Beach Park and to address identified safety issues, increased park usage, and the amount of usable greenspace in the park closest to the waters edge.

For more information, please visit the project webpage.

Centennial Drive Area Improvements - Complete

The Centennial Drive Area Improvements project consists of several phases of construction projects to improve the infrastructure and revitalize the downtown waterfront area.

Phase 1 - Complete

The Centennial Drive Phase 1 Reconstruction Project includes the construction of the Cedar Island Road Sanitary Sewage Pump Station and Elgin Street reconstruction from Front Street South to Cedar Island Road.    

Phase 2 - Complete

Phase 2 includes construction of local sanitary sewers and watermains on Centennial Drive to service redevelopment in the area, construction of large underground storm water quality control structures to improve the quality of the storm sewer discharge, burying of the existing overhead power lines, and road reconstruction and realignment in the Canice Street/Centennial Drive/Mississaga Street East corridor between Brant Street East and Front Street.

Phase 3 - Complete

Phase 3 of the Centennial Drive Area Improvements project includes the reconstruction/extension of Coldwater Street between Front Street North and Centennial Drive. Replacement of the existing large diameter storm sewers and extension of the existing watermain are also included. 

Visit orillia.ca/centennial for details on the Centennial Drive Area Improvements Project.

Parking 

Parking is available at the waterfront and within the downtown; however the Centennial Park Boat Launch Parking Lot is currently closed. For more information on the project, please visit the project page

For more information regarding parking in Orillia, visit our parking page

Boat Launch

Centennial Boat Launch - Downtown Orillia - CURRENTLY CLOSED
Currently due to construction, the Centennial Park Boat Launch and parking lot in downtown Orillia are not available. Boaters are encouraged to access and park at the Collins Drive Boat Launch located at 425 Collins Dr. in Orillia or use a private marina.

The reconstruction project at the Centennial Park Boat Launch Parking Lot is geared towards organizing and improving public parking opportunities, enhancing the parkland configuration, improving pedestrian safety, and providing additional resting and picnic areas close to the boat launch and waterfront (see design rendering). The reconstruction of the Centennial Park Boat Launch Parking Lot is anticipated to be complete by the end of July 2024 and is dependent on project milestones and weather conditions. Sign up for the mailing list to receive updates on the project directly to your email.  

Collins Drive Boat Launch - 425 Collins Dr. - OPEN

The Collins Drive Boat Launch is available for boaters and boat trailer parking is available on the surrounding streets of Collins Drive, MacIsaac Drive, and Rodger Road. There is no boat trailer parking at J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park.

Annual Boat Trailer Parking Program
The Boat Trailer Parking Program is in effect from May 15 to Oct 15 and runs seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Orillia residents can park their boat trailer for free by displaying a Resident Boat Trailer Parking Permit. For those without a Resident Boat Trailer Parking Permit, the cost to park boat trailers for 2024 is $10 per hour up to a maximum of $50 per day. There is no additional fee to use the launch ramps. Residents and Orillia taxpayers can request their permit by visiting orillia.ca/parking.

Park Amenities 

Couchiching Beach Park, Centennial Park and Veterans' Park are open for visitors and residents to enjoy.

Port of Orillia

The Port of Orillia is operated by the Chamber of Commerce and remains open during construction. For more information on the Port of Orillia, please visit the Port of Orillia website.

Businesses Are OPEN

Businesses on Mississaga Street between Front Street and Centennial Drive are open. 

Special Events

Special Events will be operating within Couchiching Beach Park, Centennial Park and Veterans' Memorial Park as regularly scheduled. For a full listing of fun things to do in Orillia, please check out our Visitor Information site.

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