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As of Friday, June 19, access to Centennial – Cedar Bay Beach access is open for residents.
Attendees are reminded to continue to practice physical separation. Cedar Bay Beach is not staffed and attendees are to use at their own risk. While the tennis courts at Centennial Park are open, the playground remains closed due to provincial guidelines.
Niagara Region Public Health will begin beach testing this week, however, results will not be posted online until Friday, June 26, 2020. Beach water testing information is also available through the beach hotline at 905-688-8248 ext. 7789 (or 1-888-505-6074). A reminder for attendees that the unsafe for swimming warning signs are no longer posted onsite at the beaches.
City staff are finalizing plans to open Nickel Beach safely and will be making an announcement in the coming days.
Anyone taking advantage of these spaces are to follow the best practices as outlined by Niagara Region Public Health to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. These include frequent washing/sanitization of hands, physical separation, avoiding touching of shared surfaces, and staying home if displaying symptoms or having been in contact with cases of the virus.
For more information about recreation and park amenities open and/or closed in Port Colborne amid COVID-19, visit www.portcolborne.ca/page/covid-19/RecreationandParks.
For more information about COVID-19 and City updates, visit www.portcolborne.ca/page/covid-19.
Nickel Beach where Lake Erie water meets more than a mile of white sand providing great windsurfing, swimming and sunbathing. Picnic areas along with rest room facilities and volleyball courts provide visitors with a natural recreation facility.
Located at the end of Welland Street, close to downtown on the east side of the canal.
As of Friday, July 10, 2020, operational changes will be implemented at Nickel Beach. Click here to learn more.
Centennial - Cedar Bay Beach
Long Beach Convservation Area
Is Lake Erie Safe for Swimming?
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.
Right of Passage along the Shoreline of Lake Erie
By-law Enforcement Division staff have been asked multiple times about the rights of people who want to walk along the Lake Erie shoreline. In some cases, property owners along Lake Erie own all or part of the beach and in some cases into the Lake - this is private property and those who walk along the water’s edge on their property are trespassing. However, passersby assume that the beach is public property and that they are able to walk along the water’s edge. The issue in question is whether there are any laws permitting the public to walk along beaches located on private property. Staff research indicates that the Province has considered legislation in the past to allow the public to pass freely along the shoreline of Lake Erie but the legislation was never enacted. The City has determined conclusively that no legislative right of passage exists to walk the beach over private property. To provide access to Lake Erie for residents and visitors, the City does operate two lakefront beach parks - Cedar Bay Centennial Park and Nickel Beach. Questions? Contact the By-law Enforcement Division by email at email@example.com or call 905-835-2900 ext. 207.