Port Colborne is a vibrant and impressive city located on the south shore of the scenic Niagara Region. Port Colborne is a community embedded in marine heritage and welcoming hospitality. With a generous climate, ample beachfront and cultural attractions, Port Colborne is truly a destination you must visit!

Through the year, the uniqueness of Port Colborne is showcased as visitors and residents stroll along the Welland Canal, pop in and out of the shops and boutiques, immerse themselves in the local arts and culture, and relax on the beach. Visitors to Niagara's South Coast can expect a getaway that is relaxing, fun and takes full advantage of everything this area has to offer. Experience Port Colborne – experience what you expect life to offer on Niagara's south coast.

 Arts & Culture

The City of Port Colborne offers theatrical performances and exhibitions in amazing venues, we celebrate arts, culture and history through the year.

See the Heritage, Arts and Culture page for more information.

 Attractions & Activities

Niagara's South Coast is a four-season recreation destination with an extraordinary mix of exciting activities and adventures. From great indoor activities and fitness centres to a range of outdoor recreation opportunities, you'll always find something to do no matter what time of the year.

See the Recreation Programs and Classes page for more information.

 Beaches
Nothing can beat a day at the lake! Hot summer days and cool refreshing water make for a day of fun and relaxation on Niagara's South Coast. Come for the sun…stay for the fun! Explore Port Colborne's beaches for a day, a week or all season long.
 Boating (Suagarloaf Marina)

Picture perfect best describes Port Colborne's marvelous harbor. For short day visits, Port Colborne has an extra wide, well maintained boat ramp that will accommodate most watercraft. Ample parking for trucks and trailers on-site is also available. Port Colborne' Sugarloaf Marina has more than 700 slips and provides all the on-shore amenities to make your visit enjoyable for a day, a week or the entire season.

See the Boating page for more information.

 Cycling
Discover the outdoors on Niagara's South Coast by pedal or foot by exploring the numerous cycling and hiking trails. See the Trails and Cycling page for more information.

Port Colborne offers easy access to fantastic paved multi-based trails surrounded by beautiful scenery. Great for walking, cycling and skating. Two trails that are part of the Greater Niagara Circle Route intersect in Port Colborne, in Wainfleet, there is access to a spur of The Great Trail, which is a loose surface trail ideal for hiking, and trail riding.

The Niagara Cycling Tourism Centre has information on bike routes & trips, planning your adventure, and resources for cyclists (bike repair stations, parking, public washrooms and visitor information.

 Fishing

Fishing in Port Colborne is an amazing experience, offering year-round, world class sport fishing. With access to Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River provides some of the best Bass fishing from June to November.

Lake Erie, the smallest of the Great Lakes in volume, measures 241 miles across and 57 miles from north to south, with a depth of 62 feet.

See the Fishing page for more information.

 Golfing

Hit the links…all located within minutes of downtown, Port Colborne's challenging public and semi-private courses invite golfers to experience lakeside golf in balmy, breezy conditions. Every round played is a great round.

Golfing typically begins early April and continues throughout the fall, often into December.

Search the Business Directory for nearby golfing locations.

 Historical & Marine Museum

Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum in downtown Port Colborne, features a century of heritage buildings in a landscaped setting of historic gardens, pathways, picket fences and a covered pavilion with picnic tables and park benches. The 1869 Georgian-Revival style of Williams Home serves as the main exhibit gallery, interpreting the history of Port Colborne and the Welland Canal through a variety of ever-changing exhibits. The Village includes a Log Schoolhouse, the Sherk-Toupe Log Home, the F.W. Woods Blacksmith Shop, Timber frame cabin, house the Graf Loom, Arabella's Tea room and a Carriage House Gift Shop. The wheelhouse from the Yvon Dupre tugboat, the lifeboat from the S.S. Hochelaga and Marine Exhibit Lighthouse form a small marine park within the Museum Village.

Canada's Century Car, the 1901 Neff Steam Buggy, built b Benton Neff I the Neff Foundry in Humberstone which is now part of Port Colborne, is on display in the Museum's Heritage Resource Centre.

 Parks, Trails and Green Spaces

The City of Port Colborne is home to 21 beautiful parks, comprising of approximately 88 hectares of parks, open spaces and natural areas. Each park is unique to its neighbourhood and amenities. Our interactive map allows you to search for parks by location, or filter parks by a particular amenity. 

See the Parks, Trails and Green Spaces  and the Parks, Pavilions and Fields pages for more information.

 Roselawn Centre
The Roselawn Centre is a magnificent 1860s Victoria building is home to the Showboat Festival Theatre.
 Scuba Diving

Like many communities surrounding Lake Erie, Port Colborne is an excellent home port for scuba diving activities.

Warm water and great visibility combine with 19th century marine treasures to create a memorable diving experience. Come discover the hidden world of Lake Erie's numerous reefs and sunken ships.

Twenty shipwrecks can be found within a 20 mile radius, including wood schooners, tugs, barges and steel freighters. But even more adventures await visitors on land. In 1917, a quarry near Sherkston Beach ceased operations and began to fill with water. Today it forms a 315 million gallon springfed lake. A dive 35 feet below the lake's surface reveals train tracks, mining equipment and even a locomotive.

 Ship Watching (Welland Canal)
Ship watching at the Welland Canal continues to be a major tourist attraction in Port Colborne. Each year thousands of tourist flock to Port Colborne to witness the exhilarating sight of an international “Saltie” or “Laker” as it slips through the Welland Canal. As well, there is the occasional transit of Canadian & American Navy or Coast Guard vessels through the canal, attracting large crowds.

One of the best ship watching locations in Port Colborne is at Lock 8 Gateway Park that provides a beautiful landscaped viewing stand and fountain. Picnic facilities as well as rest rooms are also on-site. The Visitor Information Centre is located across Mellanby Avenue from the park, and provides tourist with up to date seasonal ship transit information.

Further south towards Bridge 21 and Historic West Street, it is not uncommon to find historic wooded tall ships quietly moored along the canal wall as they wait for clearance to transit the canal. This shopping district offers visitors park benches to sit on and plenty of shops to stop for ice cream or lunch. Look across the canal, out towards Lake Erie to see the ship-breaking yards, where old ships are dismantled and the scrap materials recycled.

 Shrinking Mill

Our incredible Shrinking Mill is a strange phenomenon produced by interplay of light, shoreline, water and trees. The close you get, the smaller it appears.

Take Cement Plan Road south to Lakeshore Road, turn left (east) and look straight ahead to the bend in Lakeshore Road. The mill looks almost close enough to touch, but as you approach the Gravelly Bay, it shrinks farther and farther away.

Why does the mill shrink?

This is simply an optical illusion, much as the same as the Magnetic hill in Moncton, New Brunswick where parked automobiles appear to roll uphill. As you drive east on Lakeshore Road you can see the Mill in the distance. At this point your view is framed by Sugarloaf Hill on the right and large trees and houses on the left. Suddenly you emerge into an open area with a large vertical structure (the Mill) standing on a flat horizon with the bay in front. Your perspective is thrown off and the vertical alignment of the Mill, in conjunction with the refraction of the light off the shallow water, creates illusion that the structure has suddenly shrunk.