Niagara Region Water Quality Testing
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Grimsby Beach connects you to Lake Ontario’s past. From the beach, you can still see the pilings from a pier where ferries from Hamilton and Toronto used to dock. Grimsby Beach is a perfect place for boating, fishing, walking, beach volleyball and admiring the sunset. Enjoy the delightfully colourful cottage homes in this area.
Charles Daley East and Charles Daley West
Charles Daley Park offers two beaches in a 22-acre waterfront setting. It is rare to find large public spaces in this part of Lake Ontario, making Charles Daley very special. There are two sections of beach here, and each beach is sampled separately. The two inlets nearby lead to Fifteen and Sixteen Mile Creeks.
Address: Charles Daley Park North Service Road Jordan, Ontario
Chippawa Creek Conservation Area
Swim at the man made reservoir and enjoy all of the other activities and natural beauty this unique spot has to offer.
Address: 84646 Regional Road 45 (Creek Rd.), Wainfleet
Long Beach Conservation Area
Spend the day, the weekend or the whole summer at Long Beach Conservation Area on Lake Erie. East and West are sand and pebble beaches, perfect for visitors looking to swim, sunbathe, fish, boat, or jet ski. There are plenty of shady areas and a number of nearby serviced and unserviced campsites.
Address: 12965 Lakeshore Road, Wainfleet
Wainfleet Public Access
Wainfleet, Ontario offers a small but growing tourism industry. There are many places to access the sandy shores of Lake Erie, including here and at nearby Long Beach. Accessibility is offered to the public at the conservation park and private parks along the lakeshore.
Lakeside Park Beach
Lakeside Park Beach is picturesque place on the south shore of Lake Ontario. Beautiful views of the Port Dalhousie Harbour and lighthouse can be found while walking through the park or along the sandy shoreline. Lakeside Park is a historical site and home to an antique carousel carved by Charles I. D. Looff in 1905. The carousel is still open for rides today for 5 cents a turn. Throughout the warm months, Lakeside Beach is alive with people soaking in the sun, swimming, and playing frisbee, soccer and volleyball. There is an annual Canada Day fireworks celebration in Lakeside Park and many people gather to watch the display from the beach or from their boats. You can bring your own BBQ and spend an afternoon with friends and family, or bike through the park’s many trails. You can see the famed Port Dalhousie lighthouse and harbour from this beach.
Address: 1 Lakeport Rd. Port Dalhousie
This is St. Catharines’ largest beach, offering 1,200 feet of sandy beach area. The beach is located just off of the Waterfront Trail where you can also walk, run, and bike. The Welland Canal is also nearby. The beach’s formal name is “Municipal Beach”, but locals often call it “Garden”
Map to Municipal (Garden) Beach: http://goo.gl/maps/7Fdla
This quiet beach is located in a protected bay on Lake Ontario, with a picturesque view to the lake and small lighthouse beacon.
Address: 142 Broadway Dr. End of Broadway Avenue off Lakeshore Road in Grantham Ward
City of Port Colborne Beaches
Visit the municipal website for an up-to-date listing of all of the beaches in Port Colborne
Bay Beach (Crystal)
Bay Beach is a bustling place, home to many residences and business. Residents and visitors flock to Bay Beach in the summer to enjoy its unique shops, many restaurants, and busy nightlife. It is also known as “Crystal Sands” beach.
Waverly Beach offers shady trees as well as cool lake waters on a hot summer’s day. You can sit on the benches here and look across Lake Erie to the Buffalo skyline. Just to the east, Lake Erie flows into the Niagara River. This area was once a very popular destination for American tourists. The casino, amusement park, and “world’s biggest swimming pool” are long gone, but you may spot some reminders as you explore the waterfront.
Bernard Avenue Beach
Bernard Avenue Beach is among a number of small beaches in Fort Erie, all of which offer good anchoring places for kayaking and sailing, and fantastic water surfing. Fort Erie is becoming a popular spot for tourists seeking a leisurely vacation.
Crescent Beach: Crescent Beach is a small, intimate sandy (and sometimes silty) beach named for the crescent shaped bay in which it’s located. A free parking lot is located across the street.
This is a small beach, about 66 feet wide. Pure sand bottom all the way out, sloping gradually. Access is reached by a 10 minute walk on a signed trail through a wood. The woodchip trail leads off the parking lot.
Access off Thunder Bay Rd., west of Colony Rd.
Windmill Point Park Quarry
If you like swimming in deep cool water, you might like to visit the quarry at Windmill Point Park. This picturesque quarry has a designated swimming area with lifeguard. As this is a private mobile home park, there is an entry fee, or a seasonal pass can be purchased.
Entrance off Dominion Rd. between Stonemill Rd. and Windmill Point Rd.