2019 Hours of Operation

Seasonal hours of operation (vehicle access):

Victoria Day Weekend (May 17) to Labour Day (September 2)

Mondays – Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fridays - Sundays & Holiday Mondays:  9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Holiday Weekends (Friday - Monday): 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m

September 3 - 29 (**Weekends Only**)

Saturdays & Sundays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Is Lake Erie Safe for Swimming?

Generally the beaches of Eastern Lake Erie are safe throughout the summer. Problems develop during periods of hot weather when warm and cold layers of water stay separate. This phenomenon deprives the warm upper layer of oxygen.
The Niagara Public Health Department 'posts' beaches as 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. Most common are minor skin, eye, ear, nose and throat infections and occasional stomach disorders. Sometimes a beach may be posted unsafe because of floating debris, oil, scum, excessive weed growth, bad odors and general turbidity.
The status of local beaches is rated by the Department of Health each Friday during the summer.

To obtain information on the status of beaches in the Niagara Region call toll free 1-888-505-6074, ext. 7789.
Beach Water Testing Status




Nickel Beach

Located on Lake Erie at the southern end of Welland Street at Lake Street, close to downtown Port Colborne on the east side of the Welland Canal. Nature lovers will be interested in exploring the sand dune formations, Carolinian Forest and home to the Fowler Toad, a protected species. This public beach area contains more than 2km of white sands, shady picnic spots, washrooms, swimming, and open areas for recreational activities such as beach volleyball or beach soccer.

A daily or seasonal access pass is required for all vehicles and occupants entering the beach property. Season Passes can be purchased during regular business hours at Nickel Beach, City Hall (66 Charlotte Street), or the Roselawn Centre (296 Fielden Avenue).

Email Nickel Beach for more information!


Admission Rates

Day Pass (per vehicle)

Weekdays (Monday - Friday)


Weekends & Holiday Mondays 


Walk-ins FREE
Seasonal Pass
Resident $120.00
Non Resident  $150.00

Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations:

R-Zone Respect & ResponsibilitySafety First!

Ø Alcohol and dogs are not allowed on the beach (By-law 5503/100/10).

Ø Vehicle parking on the beach front may be limited at the discretion of staff for safety and security purposes.

Ø Additional parking is available on the west side of the secondary entry gates.

Ø Vehicles stuck in the sand may be subject to towing fee, *towing service fee may be applied by a 3rd party.

Ø Open fires are not allowed on the beach/park property.

Ø Launching of motorized watercraft is not allowed.

Ø No trailer or overnight camping is allowed.

Ø Swimming is not supervised.

Ø Regional Public Health Water Quality notices will be posted on receipt.

Ø Hours of operation are subject to change and may be adjusted due to severe weather and heat advisory.

Ø The City of Port Colborne advocates proper waste management & recycling programs, your assistance is appreciated in keeping the beach property clean and tidy.


*Note: The City of Port Colborne and staff is not liable nor equipped to handle hauling out/towing service.