Orillia charging out-of-towners fifty bucks to park or launch boats from Thursday to Sunday

Orillia taxpayers get a pass on rates designed to curb crowding

The City of Orillia is the latest to put restrictions on waterfront parking in an attempt to curb crowding at city parks and beaches.

It has introduced a new short-term waterfront parking program in which city residents are allowed to park and launch their watercraft for free but requires visitors to pay $50 for either. The program will be in place from Thursday to Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting July 9.

“Unfortunately, due to the recent overcrowding of our local parks and beaches, which have made it nearly impossible to enforce the Province’s gathering restrictions and physical distancing measures in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, we have had to take decisive action to limit the amount of people visiting our waterfronts,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “The health and safety of our residents is the top priority,”

Parking and boat launches will remain free on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. The Terry Fox Circle will be open to traffic during the same period but is to be closed from Thursday to Sunday weekly, in a further effort to control parking at Couchiching Beach Park.