Life is alright when the lake is in sight. Better yet, when the lake is at your feet. Grab your sunglasses, beach towel, and some sunscreen and let’s go! Niagara’s South Coast is where you’ll be sure to enjoy watching the waves roll in as you walk along the shore.
These beaches are conveniently located just over an hour away from Toronto so no need to drive up the 400 to get to these sandy spots. With Lake Ontario on one side and Lake Erie on the other, there’s no shortage of beachy locales to choose from.
We thought we’d highlight the top 5 most popular beach areas.
Crystal Beach (Bay Beach): This beach area has been a tourist hot spot since the 1800’s. With its white sand and crystal clear water, you won’t believe you’re still in Ontario. The beach was recently renovated (2019) with updated shower/bathroom facilities, children’s playground, and accessibility mats. After your beach day, head to the nearby restaurant strip for some great eats. There is a cost of $5 per day to access the beach for any one 11 years of age or older. Paid parking is available close to the beach. Located in Crystal Beach, Fort Erie.
Nickel Beach: Want a great place to hang out with family and friends? There’s over 2 kms of sandy beach at this Lake Erie shoreline spot. Play beach volleyball, go for a swim or just relax in the sun. You can even drive your car right onto the beach! Walk in entry is free. There is a cost to drive your car onto the beach. When you’re done there, head over the bridge to the canal side shopping district or park yourself on a bench to watch the ships come in. Located in Port Colborne.
Long Beach: With its sand and pebble beach, Long Beach has long been a popular location for day trippers and campers a like. This conservation area has is an ideal location for bird-watching, boating, fishing, swimming or just relaxing by the water. You can even bbq on the beach. There is a cost to enter Long Beach Conservation Area. Located in Wainfleet.
Lakeside Park Beach: I’m sure you’ve heard of Lakeside Park before as Neil Peart from Rush wrote about it in the song “Lakeside Park”. This beach front has an antique carousel that you can ride for just 5 cents. There’s over 500 metres of sandy shore with accessibility mats so all can enjoy this beautiful location. Located in Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines.
Humberstone Centennial Park Beach: Part of Humberstone Centennial Park, with tennis courts, playing fields, and washrooms on site. This park is lovely as it is close to the beach and Lake Erie. It has a pavilion where people can have their lunch or dinner. Located in Port Colborne.