Summer is here! Here is a list of 5 popular Niagara Region beaches to be sure to visit this summer.

1. Crystal Beach/Bay Beach


Within the town of Fort Erie is this tiny beachfront community. Summertime is full of cottagers and beach lovers! The beach stretches long and wide and parking can be found free of charge.

$60 million has been pumped into residential development, on the location of the former waterfront amusement park (1888-1989) and over $4 million into public spaces.

Crystal Beach has antique markets, plenty of dining, nightlife, and convenience markets.

Directions for Crystal Beach

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.

For more information:  Crystal Beach

2. Lakeside Beach


Lakeside Beach is located within Port Dalhousie, a small town within the city of St.Catharines. This is one of the more popular Niagara Region beaches. Parking is free and just moments from the beach. Bring a picnic basket, check out the boats docked by the pier, take a stroll, and you can participate in some beach volleyball. Great for kids as well, Lakeside Park still has the original “Looff Carousel”, still for only 5 cents!

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

Address: 1 Lakeport Rd., Port Dalhousie 

For more information: Lakeside Beach

3. Nickel Beach

Niagara Region Beaches

Located in Port Colborne, for $10 you can drive your car right onto the beach here. The Lake Erie water meets more than a mile of white sand, which offers great windsurfing, swimming and sunbathing. There are plenty of areas to picnic, along with rest room facilities and volleyball courts.

Address: 69 Lake Rd., Port Colborne

For more information: Nickel Beach

4. Sherkston Shores


Also within Port Colborne is this little paradise which offers over 7 kilometres of clean sandy beaches. There is a giant water slide, mini golf, tennis, spots to picnic, water sport rentals, and horseback riding. This a RV and camping resort.

Address: 490 Sherkston Rd., Sherkston

For more information: Sherkston Shores

5. Grimsby Beach

Niagara Region beaches

Grimsby Beach is a perfect place for boating, fishing, walking, and beach volleyball. You’ll find some cute and crazy colourful cottage homes in this area as well to view. It’s a private little oasis to enjoy.

Directions to Grimsby Beach

Take the QEW Niagara to Grimsby. Exit at Bartlett Avenue North. Left on Lake Street. Right on Third Street. Public parking at Bell Park and Temple Lane or turn left at Grand Avenue from Lake Street and park at the Grimsby Beach Community Hall.

For more information: Grimsby Beach

For the water quality report click: Beach Report

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