Beachfront staffing and parking operations are closed at both Nickel Beach and Centennial - Cedar Bay Beach. Beach season resumes Friday, May 20, 2022!
Off-season beach access is available at both locations any time by means of free, unrestricted parking and walk-on access.

Centennial - Cedar Bay Beach
Centennial - Cedar Bay Beach
Nickel Beach
Nickel Beach

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, Centennial - Cedar Bay Beach features two outdoor picnic pavilions, washrooms, tennis courts, volleyball courts including beach volleyball, horseshoe rings and a sandy beach.

Plan your visit!

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.

Plan your visit! 

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.

Check the latest beach status!

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 By-Law Services by emailing bylawenforcement@portcolborne.ca or call 905-835-2900 x200.

What you can bring to the beach

  • Personal hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Towels
  • Water toys
  • A cooler with water, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Umbrellas for shade
  • Personal BBQs (propane or charcoal)

    We ask that you dispose of any waste accumulated during your beach visit in the receptacles provided.

What to leave at home

  • Cigarettes, cannabis, and vaping devices. All beaches in Niagara are smoke and vape free.
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Pets, including dogs and horses (with the exception of registered service animals)
  • Motorized watercraft
  • Any type of tent/shade structure's that are enclosed, or that exceed a 10x10 footprint

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can access Nickel Beach?

  • Both Port Colborne residents and non-residents will be able to access Nickel Beach this summer

Q. How many beachfront parking spots are available at Nickel Beach?

  • There are 200 spaces available to non-Port Colborne residents
  • Non-Port Colborne residents will need to purchase their beachfront parking pass prior to visiting the beach. The limited (200) daily passes will be available on a first come first serve basis. Pass sales can be found on the City’s website at www.portcolborne.ca/beaches.

Q. Will Port Colborne residents need a beach pass to access Nickel Beach?

  • Yes. Port Colborne residents will need a PORTicipate Pass to access Nickel Beach. However, beach passes will be free for Port Colborne residents.
  • More information on how to register and pick up a PORTicipate Pass is available on the City’s website.

Q. Will Port Colborne residents also need to register in advance to visit Nickel Beach?

  • No. Advance registration is only for the limited 200 spaces allocated to non-Port Colborne residents. All other space is reserved for Port Colborne residents to access the beach anytime they want.

Q. Why are you requiring non- Port Colborne residents to register in advance?

  • There is only so much space to safely park vehicles on the beach property. By purchasing a day pass in advance, you are guaranteed access on the day you have purchased a pass for, and there is no need to try to arrive in the early A.M. prior to opening in order to secure a spot for the day.

Q. Does my PORTicipate Pass or Beachfront parking pass grant me access to SplashTown Niagara waterpark?

Q. Who can access Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach?

  • Anyone can visit Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach
  • There will only be a limited 25 spots daily reserved for non- Port Colborne residents
    • Port Colborne residents will need to provide proof of residency, or a PORTicipate Pass if parking in the lot.
    • Individuals who are renting nearby cottages, who are not Niagara residents, will also be able to access the beach

Q. What if I rent a cottage near Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach, can I still access the beach?

  • Yes. Anyone who is renting a cottage nearby can access Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach by walking onto the beach. If they choose to park, they will be required to pay the daily rate.

Q. When does the 2022 beach season open?

  • The 2022 beach season will begin Victoria Day long weekend in May and stay open until Labour Day weekend

Q. When does Nickel beach open and close during the summer?

  • Beachfront parking is available 7 days a week
    • Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Statutory holidays: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Beachfront parking is available, weather permitting; if beachfront parking is unavailable due to inclement weather, we will communicate this via our social media channels and refunds will automatically be processed within 5 business days. 

Q. When does Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach open and close during the summer?

  • Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Q. Is there beachfront parking at Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach?

  • No, there is no beachfront parking at Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach. Parking is available across the street with approximately 50 spaces.

Q. Does it cost money to access Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach?

  • Parking and access to the park and beach is free for Port Colborne residents with their beach pass
    • A maximum of 25 spots will be reserved for non-Port Colborne residents with the following fees to park: $25 per carload on weekdays, $35 per carload on weekends and Statutory holidays

Q. How much does it cost to access Nickel Beach?

  • Beachfront parking is free for Port Colborne residents
  • Niagara residents: $20 weekdays, $25 weekends (including Fridays) and Statutory holidays
  • Non-Niagara residents: $50 weekdays, $55 weekends (including Fridays) and Statutory holidays

Q. How will you ensure the safety of residents and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • The City of Port Colborne is committed to the health and safety of residents, staff, and visitors
  • Staff will be promoting social distancing through added signage and verbal communication
    • City staff will continue to monitor both provincial and regional COVID-19 trends and if necessary, changes to the operational plan may be proposed
    • Staff will be providing Council with a beach operation report the second meeting of every month. At this time, staff will present any concerns and Council will make decisions accordingly.
    • If more frequent reporting is needed Staff will be prepared to provide it

Q. Will washroom facilities be available?

  • Yes, washroom facilities will continue to be made available at both beaches. While a permanent facility is available at Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach, only portable washrooms are available at Nickel Beach.

 

COVID-19 Warning 

Gathering in groups carries an inherent risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

Preventative measures include:

  • Staying home when sick
  • Cleaning hands
  • Physical distancing 
  • Vaccination 
  • Masking

By visiting our facility/event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure. To learn more visit our webpage.