Popular Niagara Beaches To Visit This Summer

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Niagara, renowned for its majestic waterfalls, is also home to some of Ontario’s most picturesque beaches. These coastal gems, nestled along the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, offer serene retreats and vibrant recreational hubs, catering to a diverse array of preferences and activities. Whether you seek a tranquil spot to unwind or an energetic locale for water sports and beachside events, Niagara’s beaches deliver a perfect blend of natural beauty and accessible amenities.

1. Lakeside Park Beach, St. Catharines

Discover Lakeside Beach, nestled in Port Dalhousie, a charming hamlet within St. Catharines. As one of Niagara’s top beaches, it offers ample parking and easy access to the sandy shore. Pack a picnic, marvel at the boats near the pier, and enjoy a leisurely stroll on the huge pier. Engage in beach volleyball for added fun. Kids will love the classic “Looff Carousel,” offering nostalgic rides for only a few cents. Lakeside Park is a perfect destination for families and friends to create lasting memories in a picturesque lakeside setting. Experience this beloved beach, with its myriad of activities to make your day truly delightful!

There are restaurants just a stone’s throw away, as well as ice cream parlours and specialty stores.

Address: 1 Lakeport Rd., Port Dalhousie 


From Niagara or Buffalo: Take the QEW to exit 47, Ontario Street, St. Catharines, left on Ontario Street towards Lake Ontario, away from downtown, left on Lakeport Road at lights, follow Lakeport Road over bridge, veer right at traffic lights towards beach.

From Toronto: Take the QEW to exit 51, Seventh Street, St. Catharines, turn left onto Seventh Street to Lakeshore Road, turn right onto Lakeshore Road which will become Main Street, follow the signage to Port Dalhousie.

2. Nickel Beach, Port Colborne

Experience the beautiful beachfront at Port Colborne! Drive your car directly onto the beach for just $40. Enjoy over a mile of pristine white sand meeting the refreshing waters of Lake Erie. Embrace thrilling windsurfing, invigorating swimming, and blissful sunbathing. Relax and picnic in scenic spots while taking advantage of convenient restroom facilities and volleyball courts. This beach offers everything you need for a perfect day of fun and relaxation. Dive into the excitement of this lakeside oasis!

Address: 69 Lake Rd., Port Colborne


From Toronto: Get on Gardiner Expy West, take Queen Elizabeth Way/QEW and ON-406 S to East Main St. in Welland, take ON-140 S and Welland St to Lake Rd. in Port Colborne.

From Buffalo: Take Delaware Ave to Church St., take Garrison Rd and ON-3 to Killaly St East in Port Colborne, Canada, continue on Killaly St East, drive to Lake Rd.

3. Long Beach Conservation Area, Wainfleet

Discover Long Beach in Wainfleet! An affordable admission fee grants you access to this stunning sandy oasis, perfect for savoring summer moments. Delight in the ample space to relax and unwind. Ideal for families, the beach offers various activities such as fishing, sailboarding, jet skiing, and picnicking, while kids can frolic in the water or play on the playground. Long Beach’s extensive shoreline is the ultimate attraction, promising an unforgettable day of sun, sand, and laughter. Embrace the serenity of this beautiful beach haven and create cherished memories with your loved ones. Experience Long Beach today!

Reservations can be made for the camping season that runs from the Friday of Victoria Day weekend through the end of Thanksgiving weekend.

Address: 12965 Lakeshore Road, Wainfleet

4. Crystal Beach/Bay Beach, Fort Erie

Discover Crystal Beach, a charming beachfront community nestled within Fort Erie. Known for its pristine “crystal-clear” waters, this vibrant destination attracts both cottagers and beach enthusiasts alike during the summer season. Enjoy the vast expanse of the beach, perfect for relaxation and fun in the sun. Parking options are available, some free of charge and others at a small fee.

Experience the joy of exploring unique treasures at the nearby markets and savor the delectable culinary offerings in the area. Crystal Beach promises an idyllic getaway filled with beauty, relaxation, and culinary delights. Begin your unforgettable beach adventure today!


Getting to Crystal Beach from Buffalo: Cross at the Peace Bridge. Exit QEW at Thompson Road exit. At second lights (Garrison Road/HWY 3) veer right. Follow Garrison Road/Hwy 3 to Gorham Road. Turn left onto Gorham Road. Follow Gorham Road (which becomes Ridgeway Road) to Erie Road. Turn Right on Erie Road. Public Beach is located on the left.

Getting to Crystal Beach from Toronto: Take the QEW toward Niagara Falls. At Niagara Falls continue on the QEW toward Fort Erie/Buffalo. Exit the QEW at Sodom Road. Follow Sodom Road (which becomes Gorham Road, which then becomes Ridgeway Road until you reach Erie Road. Turn Right on Erie Road. Public Beach is located on the left.

5. Sunset Beach (Formerly Municipal Beach), St.Catharines

Sunset beach is surprisingly not as popular as the busier Lakeside Park in St. Catharines; yet it is the larger of the two beaches and stretches an impressive 1200 feet, offering an ample sandy paradise.

Renowned for its breathtaking sunset views, this beach underwent a name change in 2015 to reflect its picturesque allure. Enjoy the sunset views of its pristine shoreline, and enjoy the convenience of a playground, public washrooms, and a boat launch.

Address: 1 Lombardy Av., St.Catharines 


From Toronto: Take the QEW Niagara exit at Ontario Street, St. Catharines, Turn left onto Ontario Street, Follow Ontario Street to Lakeshore Road, Turn right on Lakeshore Road, Turn left on Arthur Street, Turn left on Lombardy Avenue, Follow Lombardy Avenue to Sunset Beach.

From Niagara: Take the QEW Toronto exit at Lake Street, St. Catharines, Turn right toward Lake Street, Take left onto Lake Street, Take right onto Scott Street, Turn left onto Geneva Street, Turn right onto Lakeshore Road, Turn left onto Arthur Street, Turn right onto Beachhaven Drive, Take left onto Bogart Street, Follow to Sunset Beach on Lombardy Avenue.

Cool off after all the beachy excitement on Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls!

There’s no better way after a day of sunbathing and relaxation with family and friends, than to visit our “Street of Fun by the Falls” to keep all the fun going! We have attractions, delicious food vendors, and more to cap off a fantastic and relaxing day.

Please Note: Some beaches may be unsafe for swimming and you should check with the Niagara regional water testing website for current conditions: https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/water/beaches/default.aspx

Beaches are posted unsafe for swimming when water tests show unacceptable levels of E. Coli bacteria. The levels of E.coli are affected by a number of conditions including birds, wildlife and large numbers of swimmers. Swimming in these waters could cause infections of the ear, eye, nose, throat and skin as well as cause diarrhea if the water is ingested. The beach might also be unsafe or closed because of other environmental conditions including excessive algae growth, flooding, garbage or debris, spills, and bad odours.

These beaches, each with its unique charm and array of activities, make Niagara a premier destination for beachgoers. Whether you’re in the mood for relaxation, adventure, or a bit of both, Niagara’s top beaches offer something for everyone

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