Beach season is here, and the City looks forward to welcoming visitors to both Nickel Beach and Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach starting next Wednesday, June 2. Before visiting the beaches, please review the 2021 beach operation FAQ's along with these changes to beach operations for Summer 2021.

Nickel Beach will be open to Port Colborne and non-Port Colborne residents this season. 

Due to capacity limits, Non-Port Colborne residents will be required to purchase a day pass in advance before accessing the Nickel Beach to ensure there are spots available on the dates of interest. The day pass covers all individuals in one vehicle. If you are only bringing one vehicle, you only need to purchase one general admission ticket. 



Centennial - Cedar Bay Beach will be restricted to Niagara residents only this season.

  • Centennial - Cedar Bay Beach will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
  • Visitors will be required to show proof of Niagara residency before accessing the parking lot
  • Port Colborne residents can access parking for free by showing their #PORTicipate pass, or ID
  • Parking fees at Centennial - Cedar Bay for Niagara residents residing outside of Port Colborne: $25 weekdays & $35 weekends & holidays

*Please Note*

  • Non-Port Colborne residents will be required to show a day pass, along with proof of residency in order to access Nickel Beach.
  • Parking prohibition is in effect for Port Colborne roads along the Lake Erie shoreline.

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, this beach features two outdoor picnic pavilions, washrooms, tennis courts, volleyball courts including beach volleyball, horseshoe rings and a sandy beach.

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.

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.

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 the By-law Enforcement Division by email at or call 905-835-2900 ext. 207. 

2021 Road Allowance Study 

Port Colborne is moving forward with a road allowance study along Lake Erie’s shoreline in preparation for the 2021 summer season. For more information, please view this news story. To watch the Road Allowance Study presentation from the January 11, 2021 Council meeting, please see below. 


What You Can Bring to the Beach

Personal hand sanitizer, towels, water toys, a cooler with water, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, umbrellas for shade, and personal BBQs (propane or charcoal) are permitted. We ask that you dispose of any waste accumulated during your beach visit in the receptacles provided.

What to Leave at Home

All beaches in Niagara are smoke and vape free. Alcohol, cigarettes, cannabis, vaping devices, dogs and horses are not permitted.