Port Colborne is home to numerous beautiful parks and parkettes. Below is a list of some of our more noteworthy recreational properties:
HH Knoll Lakeview Park
One of our major Parks is the beautiful H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park, which was established in 1922. Port Colborne's waterfront park overlooking Sugarloaf Harbour and Gravelly Bay.
Features include an outdoor picnic pavilion, outdoor stage, rose garden, Melissa's Memorial Playground, Discovery Spray Pad and washrooms. Lakeview Park is the beginning of the Welland Canals Recreational Trail and site of numerous community events including Canada Day Celebrations, Flavours of Niagara, and Canal Days Giant Kite Flying Competition and Car Show.
Located downtown at Sugarloaf Street at Elm Street.
Lock 8 Gateway Park
Overlooking the Welland Canal, and one of the world's longest locks, this beautiful viewing area and park was established November 5, 1979 to commemorate the visit by then Governor General Ed Schreyer and to mark then 150th anniversary of the opening of the 1st Welland Canal. As a regulating, or guard gate, Lock 8 raises or lowers ships 1 to 4 feet, depending on Lake Erie water levels. At 1,380 feet, it is one of the longest canal locks in the world. The "Jackknife" bridges at either end are raised and lowered as ships pass in, or out of the lock. Lock 8 Gateway Park contains an elevated viewing platform, flower gardens, fountains, picnic pavilion, and washrooms. Materials explaining the operation of the Canal, and information on ship schedules and destinations can be obtained at the Visitor Information Centre located across Mellanby Avenue from the park.
Located at Main Street West and the Welland Canal.
Centennial Cedar Bay Park
A quiet park, the former Township of Humberstone's Centennial Project was revamped in 1967. A 46-acre park overlooking Cedar Bay. Outdoor picnic pavilion, washrooms, tennis courts, baseball field, horseshow rings and sand beach. This is the site of Port Colborne Saddle Club events.
Located on Vimy Road at the southern end of Cedar Bay Road, off Highway #3 on the east side of the canal.
Two trails terminate in Port Colborne, both of which form part of the Greater Niagara Circle Route. These are excellent, paved, multi-used trails passing by some of the best scenery in southern Niagara, including the historic Welland Canal. Great for walking, cycling, skating, or wheeling. Click on the name of each trail to view their respective web-pages.
The Greater Niagara Circle Route
The Greater Niagara Circle Route is a paved, multi-use trail that connects Port Colborne, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold, and Welland in a 140 km circuit. It is made up of several different trails. In Port Colborne, the Welland Canals Parkway, which runs on a north/south axis from Welland, and the Friendship Trail, which runs on an east/west axis from Fort Erie, both meet at Seaway Park. A spur of the trail runs along the Port Promenade, parallel to Historic West Street, and terminates at scenic HH Knoll Park.
The Friendship Trail
This 13.6 kilometre scenic pathway is paved and safe for cycling and ideal for walking, jogging, and rollerblading. The trail begins at Port Colborne Seaway Park and ends at Historic Fort Erie where it meets up with the Niagara Parks Commission Recreation Trail. All along its length this trail coincides with the Trans-Canada Trail.
The Welland Canals Parkway
This trail follows the canal along its west bank from St. Catharines through Thorold, Welland and Port Colborne. In Thorold, the path crosses onto the "Thorold Island" created between the old third canal and the current fourth canal. In Welland it follows the old fourth canal through the city and is paved on both sides of the canal. The trail zig-zags across the canal in Port Colborne until it meets the Friendship trail at Seaway Park.
Lake Erie Waterfront Trail
Launched in the summer of 2013, the Lake Erie Waterfront Trail extends more than 600 km from the Windsor area in south-western Ontario to Port Colborne and Fort Erie. Here it connects to the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail via the Welland Canals Trail and the Niagara River Recreation Trail. The trail passes through 27 communities and offers beautiful views and recreational opportunities along Lake Erie. This fully marked route with easy to follow signage consists of mainly on-road routes and connects with many area cycling trails including the Greater Niagara Circle Route and The Seaway Trail in the United States.