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May 19, 2018.

Champlain Township Planting of 500 Trees

PHOTO: Champlain Township

PRESS RELEASE - For immediate release

Champlain, May 16, 2018 - In an effort to benefit our environment, enhance wildlife habitat and reduce soil erosion, Champlain Township is planting 500 tree seedlings including: Red Oak, White Pine and White Cedar species at our municipal property located on Highway 34.

“We hope this project will encourage our citizens to plant trees on their properties to beautify our Township and improve air quality at the same time”, announced Mayor Barton.

“My colleagues on Council and I would like to acknowledge South Nation Conservation for their assistance with planning and their contribution in making this event a success”, mentionned Mayor Barton.

May 19, 2018.

NEW Community Grants available!

In July 2018, the Township of Champlain created two sources of funding for the community: theCommunity Grant which is funding provided directly to the non-profit organization in question and the Facility Usage Grant provides use of the Township’s community halls free of charge. Detailed information available here

Community facility usage grant Form

Community And Facility Usage Grant Policy

October 17, 2017.

Township Recognizes para-athlete Joey Desjardins

PHOTO: Louise Sproule, The Review

Vankleek Hill paracyclist Joey Desjardins was a guest of honour during Champlain Township’s Council meeting of October 10, 2017. On behalf of the Municipality and his elected colleagues, Mayor Gary J. Barton presented Mr. Desjardins with a certificate of appreciation for his accomplishments on the world stage. In July, Mr. Desjardins – who races in a hand-propelled three-wheeled bicycle – attended the Paracycling World Cup in Emmen, Netherlands, finishing 8th in the time trials and 14th in the road race. In late August, he finished in 14th place (both in the road race and time trials portions) while competing in Pietermaritzburg , South Africa. Fundraising was accomplished by selling 567 t-shirts, he told local newspaper The Review, and by donations such as Champlain Township, who forwarded $200. Congratulations!

October 10, 2017.

PCPS recognizes its sunflower contest winners

PHOTO: courtesy PCPS

PHOTO: courtesy PCPS

PHOTO: courtesy PCPS

The smiles of success! These young people from Pleasant Corners Public School participated in Champlain in Bloom sunflower contest, this year and earned a certificate for their efforts in categories such as “smallest”, “tallest”, “most original” and “working together”. Seeds were distributed to area elementary schools in the spring and the children spent weeks looking after their plant(s). Councillor Helen MacLeod visited the schools along with mayor Gary J. Barton’s secretary, Diane Alexander to distribute certificates. They stopped at PCPS on October 5, 2017. School vice-principal Nichola Bond stated: “We had an enthusiastic turnout!” Many thanks to all the participants!

July 20, 2017.

Champlain KidsFest a hit!

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets

It started with an idea which councillor Paul Emile Duval had, along with his colleague Troy Carkner. They reached out to the Champlain Township Parks and Recreation Department, the Champlain Township Public Library and the Champlain Township Firefighters – Vankleek Hill Station, to help with the organization and planning of the KidsFest. What started off as a “little something special” to do for the kids turned out to be bigger and better than expected. Several other partners participated and had a hand in the success of this event. KidsFest took place on July 19, 2017, with a goal of being a fun day at Mill Street park in Vankleek Hill… and it proved a hit with its intended public… and the grown-ups! According to Director of Parks and Recreation Lisa Burroughs, an estimated over 500 people participated in a host of activities (Vankleek Hill firemen cooking up some hot dogs, kiosks highlighting the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est de l’Ontario, some face-painting by Dimension Danse, some hair colouring and tattoos by Melissa Dewar, sack races and treasure hunt by the Champlain Township Public Library, photo booth from Jan Amell Photography). Popular attractions under a favourable sky were a presentation from Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo and the Splash Park. This event also received a big boost from the Champlain Minor Sports Association which sponsored the blow-up structures and the Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo presentation. Many thanks to staff, volunteers and participants!

June 9, 2017.

Sacha’s Park Officially Opened in Champlain Township

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets


L’ORIGNAL (Ontario) – A crowd of supporters, school-aged children and dignitaries gathered at 34, De La Seigneurie street in the La Seigneurie residential project today to celebrate the official opening of Sacha’s Park, one of Canada’s most inclusive parks for people of all abilities.

The inspiration of such a playground came shortly after young Sacha Chenier’s passing, three years ago to the day. The young boy, who had suffered from severe disabilities after a complicated birth, enjoyed a happy life in the care of his family (parents Jason and Jacquelyn as well as older brother Sebastien) and through the friendship of his schoolmates at École élémentaire catholique Paul-VI in Hawkesbury. Despite all the care and loving that he received in his short but eventful life, Sacha died at age ten, on June 9, 2014.

The Chenier family subsequently bought a parcel of land adjacent to their home and convinced many partners – including Champlain Township – to create a playground where the structures and the ground itself was accessible to young and older people of all abilities. This type of inclusive and accessible municipal infrastructure is the first one to be built in this part of Ontario. The new playground has now become part of the municipality’s parks.

Parents Jason and Jacquelyn expressed their feelings in a joint statement: "We are so thrilled to finally be able to welcome children of all abilities to the official opening of Sacha's Park. It has been a dream of ours for many years to have a place that was accessible and inclusive to all children, regardless of any disability or challenges they may face. The support from the community to make this a reality has been tremendous and is a true testament of how people working together towards a common goal can do amazing things. June 9th marks the third anniversary of Sacha's passing and we can think of no better way of remembering him than by opening a playground in his name where everyone, regardless of ability, can come and play." Champlain Township Mayor Gary J. Barton reflected on the past few years: “From hearing about this idea that the Chenier family had to standing here today is a great achievement. The whole project was made possible thanks to the devotion of the parents but also of countless volunteers, our volunteer firemen from both districts and our public works department during Community Build Day last September, not to forget donators, organizations and businesses which became partners along the way. I hope that families and groups will be coming from all over the region to use these facilities. Well done, people behind Sacha’s Park!”

Please read available fact sheet on Sacha Chenier

Press Relase in pdf format


Jason Chenier 613.676.1078
Jacquelyn Standing 613.676.0517
Paula Knudsen, CAO-Treasurer, Champlain Township 613.678.3003

June 1, 2017.

After the Flood: Recognition Day for Homeowners and Volunteers

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets

Some L’Orignal ward homeowners lived through some difficult moments in May, during the flood. Many volunteers answered the call for help to perform all kinds of tasks.

The L’Orignal Food Bank, Laurin Your Independent Grocer (Rhéal and Norma Jean Laurin) and Hawkesbury FreshCo (Claude and Nancy Leduc) want to recognize those people affected and thank the volunteers.

They are invited to a Recognition Day (with free hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and water) at the L’Orignal Fire Hall (10 Elgin Street) on Sunday, June 18th, 2017, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Welcome!

Information: Jacques Lacelle at 613.551.5058.

May 31, 2017.

“All aboard” the Ottawa River Festival!

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets
PHOTO: Carole Lavigne
PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets


Lefaivre (Ontario), May 31, 2017 – The regional committee today launched the official program of the sixth edition of the Ottawa River Festival, which will be held from June 29 to July 3, 2017.

“As you know, the Ottawa River threw us a curveball in the last few weeks, with flooding and damage caused in many homes across several municipalities. It’s important to see the river’s tourism potential, and it’s for this reason that the Ottawa River Festival was born,” stated Mr. Gary Barton, Mayor of the Township of Champlain and Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.

This year is a special one, being Canada’s 150th anniversary. On July 1st, every town and village along the river will be celebrating the Festival. Lefaivre will host a jazz Festival featuring France D’Amour as headliner, funded by Ontario 150. Hawkesbury will exclusively host DJ Dan Desnoyers (Dan D-Noy) in the afternoon, followed by the bands 50 Proof and Hommage aux Colocs.

On Friday, June 30 in Rockland, classic rock fans will have the chance to watch Sass Jordan perform on the Desjardins Stage at Du Moulin Park.

Tours on the water

Riverside municipalities have endeavoured to offer a dynamic program for all tastes. Furthermore, for the first time, festivalgoers will have the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the river throughout the festival, with pontoon boat tours being offered on all five sites at various times.

On July 2 in Rockland, festivalgoers will be able to observe and even take part in various water sports. Those that enjoy evenings under the stars will appreciate performances by comedians Dominic et Martin, with Sylvain Larocque as the opening act.

Further down stream, the Town of Hawkesbury is offering free kayak, canoe and pedal boat runs, as well as an beginner fishing activity.

Further east of the river, Chute-à-Blondeau will be hosting its community breakfast again this year. Immediately west of Hawkesbury in the Village of L’Orignal, the Township of Champlain will present its annual Canada Day celebration featuring the aforementioned pontoon boat tours. The following day, family celebrations will be held at the L’Orignal beach, much to the delight of the young and the young at heart.

For more information on the various activities of the Ottawa River Festival, please visit:

Annie Grenier, Project Officer
United Counties of Prescott and Russell
613.675.4661 poste 8103

Document in pdf Format

May 23, 2017.


PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets


Vankleek Hill, May 23, 2017 – The groundbreaking ceremony for the Vankleek Hill ward wastewater treatment plant upgrade was held this afternoon in the presence of elected officials and other dignitaries.

The present lagoon system has been serving the Vankleek Hill ward for decades. The upgrades – a project of over $8 million – will include de-sludging, repairing the cells and installing a SAGR system (rock filtering system), a new blower building (which forces air into the lagoon) and new headwork (filtering grids and assorted equipment). Construction will be under way for 18 months, up to May 2018.

This project was made possible thanks to funding from all three levels of government.

“Infrastructure is the foundation of the Canada we all want to build for tomorrow. Both large and small communities can find it challenging to fund much needed water and wastewater infrastructure, which is why the wastewater treatment plant upgrades are so important. This project will protect the environment, keep the community healthy, and will create well-paying jobs for the middle class,” said Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.

Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Member of Provincial Parliament Grant Crack was also happy to announce Queen’s Park’s share: "I am pleased to congratulate and thank the Township of Champlain for partnering with both the Federal and Provincial governments on this important project here in Vankleek Hill. Upgrades to the wastewater treatment facility are an important infrastructure improvement project for the local community and this partnership reaffirms our government's support for Eastern Ontario and demonstrates our continued commitment to Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and rural municipalities."

Champlain Township Mayor Gary J. Barton echoed this satisfaction in seeing the work proceed: “In its 20-year existence, Champlain Township’s needs have expanded and so has the demand on our municipal infrastructure. We have been waiting for this moment for many years and we thank both the provincial and federal governments, through Mr. Drouin and Mr. Crack, for their financial commitment,” he stated. He added: “This upgrade will position the southern end of the Municipality to answer a growing need, in light of residential projects currently being proposed for this ward.”

Champlain Township is an Eastern Ontario municipality located between Ottawa (Ontario) and Montréal (Québec) with a population of approximately 8,600 residents. Its northern border is the Ottawa River.

Paula Knudsen, CAO-Treasurer 613.678.3003

May 7, 2017.

Champlain Township Declares State of Emergency...

PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets
PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets

Vankleek Hill, May 7, 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Champlain Township officially declared a state of emergency to the Province of Ontario as of 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2017 for flooding.

While no injuries are reported, some 20 homes in L’Orignal, Ontario are surrounded by water as the Ottawa River overflows. L’Orignal fire Chief Richard Sincennes closed two waterfront streets, Montpetit and Dufour.

Two people have been evacuated and are being cared for with the assistance of the Red Cross.

Volunteer firefighters from both Champlain Township fire halls, some of their colleagues from Hawkesbury and North Glengarry and volunteers from the community have been hard at work throughout the day filling sandbags. Shortly before 4 p.m., Glengarry-Prescott-Russell M.P. Francis Drouin personally delivered 4,000 extra bags. “We are providing whatever services we can,” stated Champlain Township Mayor Gary J. Barton. “We have many volunteers helping out and we are coordinating efforts.” Mayor Barton added that if residents need assistance, they should phone the Township’s main telephone line, at 613.678.3003. However, for emergencies, citizens are reminded to call 911.

Champlain Township continues to closely monitor this situation and updates will be provided on a regular basis.

Information :

Champlain Township - 613.678.3003

Champlain Township is an Eastern Ontario municipality located between Ottawa (Ontario) and Montréal (Québec) with a population of approximately 8,600 residents. Its northern border is the Ottawa River.

Press Release in pdf format

May 4, 2017.


PHOTO: Jacques Des Becquets

Vankleek Hill, May 4, 2017 – Elected officials and staff from Champlain Township joined others from the area at the pedals and handlebars of the Big Bike, the cycling contraption which those who gather pledges for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada earn the right to ride. On May 4, 2017, the riders in the sixth and last ride collected $1,493 for this charity. Easy 15-minute jaunt within Vankleek Hill? Not a chance! Empty, the Big Bike weighs in at over 1,100 kg (2,500 pounds)… and the participants had to pedal uphill to the traffic light after leaving the Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI) grounds. Thankfully, the sun was out and the roads were dry…