porticiate pass

With the 2021 beach season fast approaching, the City of Port Colborne is excited to launch the #PORTicipate Pass, allowing residents to access both Nickel and Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach for FREE this summer. Residents can register online for the #PORTicipate pass. More information, including policies and procedures can also be found online. The #PORTicipate Pass will be available for pick up starting next week, and residents will be required to show proof of address which could include government-issued photo ID, tax bill or any bill that shows the person’s name and address.

Port Colborne beaches are anticipated to open Victoria Day weekend; however, this is subject to change based on COVID-19 provincial legislation. With consideration for safety and quality of experience for both residents and visitors, the following will be implemented this summer:  

  • Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach will be restricted to Niagara residents only
    • Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
    • Visitors will be required to show proof of Niagara residency upon entering the parking lot
    • Port Colborne residents will be granted access to the parking lot with their beach pass or identification with proof of Port Colborne residency
    • Individuals renting properties near Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach will also have beach access
  • Nickel Beach will be open to both residents and non-residents
    • A limit of 150 vehicles for non-Port Colborne residents will be permitted to access the beach daily
    • Beach passes for visitors will need to be purchased in advance 
    • Beachfront parking at Nickel Beach will be open from Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and statutory holidays, weather permitting
    • Individuals renting properties near Nickel Beach will be able to access by purchasing a Niagara resident day pass

The #PORTicipate Pass is only valid for the 2021 beach season and the City of Port Colborne reserves the right to change this new process, including making changes to the pass for future use.

City staff are continuously monitoring provincial legislation and guidelines and are prepared to alter beach operations to adhere to public health direction. As always, the City is committed to ensuring the safety of residents and staff and will make operational decisions accordingly.

More information regarding Port Colborne beaches can be found here.