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 (2) outdoor picnic pavilions. Reservations are available
  • Washrooms
  • Tennis courts
  • Volleyball courts including beach volleyball
  • Horseshoe rings and
  • A sandy beach.

2022 Seasonal Hours of Operation

Centennial - Cedar Bay Beach opens May 20, 2022!

Monday to Sunday, including Statutory Holidays: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

2022 Centennial - Cedar Bay Beach Rates 

PORTicipate Resident Pass (Port Colborne Residents ONLY) - Free!

 

Register for your PORTicipate Pass

 

Daily Parking Lot Passes (Non-Port Colborne residents) per carload: 

  • Monday to Friday
    • Niagara Residents - $20
    • Non-Residents - $50
  • Weekends & Holidays
    • Niagara Residents - $20
    • Non-Residents - $50

Buy your Daily Parking Lot Pass

 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

 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!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 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.