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Bay Beach (Crystal): Bay Beach is a bustling place, home to many residences and business. Residents and visitors flock to Bay Beach in the summer to enjoy its unique shops, many restaurants, and busy nightlife. It is also known as “Crystal Sands” beach.
Belleview Beach: As of summer 2011, water quality at this beach is no longer monitored. Sandy Belleview Beach offers fantastic fishing, and boating, and picturesque sunsets. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars to enjoy some excellent bird watching.
Bernard Avenue Beach: Bernard Avenue Beach is among a number of small beaches in Fort Erie, all of which offer good anchoring places for kayaking and sailing, and fantastic water surfing. Fort Erie is becoming a popular spot for tourists seeking a leisurely vacation.
Charles Daley East and Charles Daley West: Charles Daley Park offers two beaches in a 22-acre waterfront setting. It is rare to find large public spaces in this part of Lake Ontario, making Charles Daley very special. There are two sections of beach here, and each beach is sampled separately. The two inlets nearby lead to Fifteen and Sixteen Mile Creeks.
Chippawa Creek Conservation: This conservation area offers access to the Welland River. The swimming beach is located on a man-made reservoir. Many parts of the park are wheelchair accessible. There are 156 campsites for people who want to spend the night at the park.
Crescent Beach: Crescent Beach is a small, intimate sandy (and sometimes silty) beach named for the crescent shaped bay in which it’s located. A free parking lot is located across the street.
Fifty Point Beach: Fifty Point Beach is part of an 80-hectare conservation area in picturesque Winona. The waters of this beach are reputed to be some of the warmest that Lake Ontario has to offer. This beach is a fantastic spot for to go for a swim, have a picnic, or go for a walk by the water. The marina at Fifty Point Beach is very large, with docking spaces for 320 boats, a double boat launch, visitor docks, and winter storage facilities. There are excellent fishing opportunities off the shores of Fifty Point. Salmon, rainbow trout, and large mouth bass are waiting to take the bait! The campground here is perfectly situated near the south shore.
Grimsby Beach: Grimsby Beach connects you to Lake Ontario’s past. From the beach, you can still see the pilings from a pier where ferries from Hamilton and Toronto used to dock. People flocked to this beach for good times for the first half of the 20th Century. The Hamilton district of the Methodist Church group opened Grimsby Park in 1846. In 1910, Harry Wylie purchased the park to build carousels, a motion picture theater, and a “Figure 8″ roller coaster. Canada Steamship Lines bought the park in 1916, but its popularity fell after fires consumed many of its wooden buildings. From the 1920s to the 1950s, park attractions gradually closed and developers bought up land to build cottages. With its fragile thread of history, Grimsby Beach is a perfect place for boating, fishing, walking, beach volleyball and admiring the sunset.
Humberstone Centennial Park Beach: Humberstone Centennial Park Beach is part of a large park that offers volleyball nets, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, and picnic tables for loads of family fun. The beach is in Cedar Bay, on Lake Erie.
Jones Beach: Jones Beach suffers from more water quality problems than other beaches in the area. It may not be your best bet for a summer’s swim, but it is still a quiet place to rest in the sand and be by Lake Ontario.
Lakeside Park Beach: Lakeside Park Beach is picturesque place on the south shore of Lake Ontario. Beautiful views of the Port Dalhousie Harbour and lighthouse can be found while walking through the park or along the sandy shoreline. Lakeside Park is a historical site and home to an antique carousel carved by Charles I. D. Looff in 1905. The carousel is still open for rides today for 5 cents a turn. Throughout the warm months, Lakeside Beach is alive with people soaking in the sun, swimming, and playing frisbee, soccer and volleyball. There is an annual Canada Day fireworks celebration in Lakeside Park and many people gather to watch the display from the beach or from their boats. You can bring your own BBQ and spend an afternoon with friends and family, or bike through the park’s many trails. You can see the famed Port Dalhousie lighthouse and harbour from this beach.
Long Beach: Long Beach is a popular cottage community that tourists flock to in the summer months to enjoy the sandy beaches it offers.
Long Beach Conservation East and Long Beach Conservation West: Long Beach Conservation East and West are sand and pebble beaches, perfect for visitors looking to swim, sunbathe, fish, boat, or jet ski. There are plenty of shady areas and a number of nearby serviced and unserviced campsites.
Municipal Beach: This is St. Catharines’ largest beach, offering 1,200 feet of sandy beach area. The beach is located just off of the Waterfront Trail where you can also walk, run, and bike. The Welland Canal is also nearby. The beach’s formal name is “Municipal Beach”, but locals often call it “Garden”.
Nelles Park Beach: Nelles Park is named for Robert Nelles. He was an elected representative in the government of “Upper Canada” as well as a military leader in the War of 1812.
Nickel Beach: Nickel Beach offers visitors a chance to see unique sand dune formations and rich Carolinian Forest. You may even catch glimpse of the protected Fowler Toad, which inhabits this beach.
Queens Royal Beach: Queens Royal Beach is on the Niagara River. Just a short distance away, the river flows into Lake Ontario. The park offers unique views of Fort Niagara State Park across the river in New York State. There are ongoing water quality issues at this beach because of stormwater overflows, so it may not be your best bet for swimming in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Ryerson Park Beach: People from Niagara-on-the-Lake say that they have seen some of their favourite sunsets at Ryerson Park. Waves crashing against the rocks on this beach freeze in the wintertime, creating stunning natural ice sculptures.
Sherkston Elco: The beach at Sherkston Elco is considered one of the smoothest sand beaches in the region. There is plenty of space for wading or sunbathing in Lake Erie.
Sherkston Quarry Beach: At Sherkston Quarry Beach you will enjoy the 27-acre spring fed quarry. Experienced divers can explore remnants of a hundred-year-old quarry mining operation on the quarry floor.
Sherkston Wyldewood Beach: At Sherkston Wyldewood Beach you can enjoy picturesque views of Lake Erie and spectacular sunsets over the lake.
Wainfleet Public Access: Wainfleet, Ontario offers a small but growing tourism industry. There are many places to access the sandy shores of Lake Erie, including here and at nearby Long Beach. Musician Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers) grew up in this area.
Waverly: Waverly Beach offers shady trees as well as cool lake waters on a hot summer’s day. You can sit on the benches here and look across Lake Erie to the Buffalo skyline. Just to the east, Lake Erie flows into the Niagara River. This area was once a very popular destination for American tourists. The casino, amusement park, and “world’s biggest swimming pool” are long gone, but you may spot some reminders as you explore the waterfront.
Windmill Point Park Quarry Beach: Windmill Point Park Quarry Beach offers a lifeguard-supervised designated swimming area adjacent to a beautiful quarry. There is an entry fee for the park, or you can purchase a seasonal pass.