As a result of the provincewide stay-at-home order effective April 8, 2021, Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach, and Nickel Beach will be open for passive recreation use only, including walking, nature observation and canoeing/kayaking, and no gathering is permitted. Premises will be monitored, and violation is subject to penalty.

Fun in the Sun!

Nothing beats a day at the lake. Come for the sun, stay for the fun! Explore Port Colborne's beaches for a day, a week or all season long. For frequently asked questions about our beaches, click here.

Before visiting one of our beaches, please read these changes to beach operations for Summer 2021.

Centennial – Cedar Bay Beach

Revamped in 1967 by the former Township of Humberstone's Centennial Project, Centennial Park is a 46-acre park overlooking Centennial – Cedar Bay Beach on Lake Erie. Located on Vimy Road at the southern end of Cedar Bay Road, off Highway 3, this beach features two outdoor picnic pavilions, washrooms, tennis courts, volleyball courts including beach volleyball, horseshoe rings and a sandy beach.

Nickel Beach

Nickel Beach is the perfect beach for windsurfing, swimming and sunbathing. Located on Lake Erie at the southern end of Welland Street at Lake Street, this beach offers white sandy beaches, great trails to explore and public amenities including picnic areas, restroom facilities and volleyball courts.

Is Lake Erie safe for swimming?

During the summer months, beaches along Lake Erie are safe to swim in. If the water is unsafe to swim in, Niagara Region Public Health signs will be posted at the entrance of the beach.

Beaches are unsafe for swimming when the water contains levels of bacteria that may increase a bather's risk of developing a variety of irritations and infections. The most common are minor skin, eye, ear, nose and throat infections and occasional stomach disorders. Other situations which may cause the status of the beach to change include floating debris, oil, scum, excessive weed growth, bad odors and general turbidity.

Niagara Region Public Health will post the status of local beaches every Friday during the summer.

To obtain information on the status of beaches in the Niagara region, call 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7789.

Right of passage along the Lake Erie shoreline

Currently, there is no provincial legislation that allows the public to pass freely along the shoreline of Lake Erie. What does this mean? Those who walk along the shoreline or waters' edge are trespassing onto the property of owners with private residences.

To provide access to Lake Erie for residents and visitors, the City does operate two lakefront beach parks: Cedar Bay - Centennial Park and Nickel Beach.

Have questions? Contact the By-law Enforcement Division by email at bylawenforcement@portcolborne.ca or call 905-835-2900 ext. 207. 

2021 Road Allowance Study 

Port Colborne is moving forward with a road allowance study along Lake Erie’s shoreline in preparation for the 2021 summer season. For more information, please click here. To watch the Road Allowance Study presentation from the January 11, 2021 Council meeting, please see below. 

 

What You Can Bring to the Beach

Personal hand sanitizer, towels, water toys, a cooler with water, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, umbrellas for shade, and personal BBQs (propane or charcoal) are permitted. We ask that you dispose of any waste accumulated during your beach visit in the receptacles provided.

What to Leave at Home

All beaches in Niagara are smoke and vape free. Alcohol, cigarettes, cannabis, vaping devices, dogs and horses are not permitted.