The origins of our CANAL DISTRICT are inextricably linked to the southern terminus of the Welland canal at Lake Erie. Shortly after the canal’s completion in 1833, Inns, Taverns, Merchants, Shipping and Commercial Fishing all settled into the area and the downtown district of the Village of Port Colbome was firmly established. Merchants along West Street proudly displayed their wares from shop windows facing the canal. The Clarence Street bridge crossing, (Bridge 21) became the nucleus of the community. Businesses, municipal services and entertainment venues clustered near the bridge and canal on streets whose names such as King, Clarence, Charlotte, Catharine and Princess remind us of our Imperial Roots.
Today, Port Colborne is a thriving city of 20,000 and our Canal District remains vibrant; offering a diversity of shops, restaurants and services.
Explore our PORT COLBORNE HISTORICAL & MARINE MUSEUM AND HERITAGE VILLAGE, located at 280 King St. in downtown Port Colborne. Step back in time and visit a century of heritage buildings in a landscaped setting of historic gardens and picket fence lined pathways. Arabella’s Tea Room serves afternoon tea with hot homemade tea biscuits, in a 1915 Edwardian Cottage daily from 2 to 4, June to September. Christmas Pudding is served during the first week of December. Featured exhibits, festivals, events and tours from May to December. Open 12 noon to 5 pm Daily including Holidays. Admission by donation.
Information for historical tours or self-guided tours is available at the Port Colborne Visitor Information Centre (76 Main Street, by the bridge), City Hall (66 Charlotte Street), or online at www.portcolborne.ca
PYRATE LORE & HARBOUR WALKS
History with a Twist! Join Capt. John Swallow and QM Seika Hellbound for Pyrate Lore & Harbour Walks™. Historical tales of Pyrates & Privateers (Canadian and otherwise); sunken ships, daring raids, fact vs. fiction and all manner o’ treasure! True accounts of Canada’s waterways and those who sailed them, the contentious history surrounding the War of 1812, the perils o’ the “Lake Erie Quadrangle” – and an infamous Caribbean Pyrate who retired to the Niagara Region!
Walks are Thursday evening 7 pm. May thru Oct.
For more information, group tours and tickets please visit the website.
HAUNTED HISTORY TOURS
Some claim that Niagara on the Lake is Canada’s MOST HAUNTED TOWN, we beg to differ…
Join your spirited hosts Missus Mooney and Michael Furey (Halfpenny Dreadfuls) as they take you on an eerie stroll back in time. Like any good Ghost story, these Haunted History tours are filled with intriguing and sometimes frightening (but true) stories that may keep you up at night – you’ll never look at history the same again!
Tours are seasonal and weather permitting and last approximately 90 minutes. All youth under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by an Adult 18+. (Walk is not recommended for Children under 13 yrs)
Special Birthday, group tours and educational lectures also available.
For more information and tickets please visit the website
The ROSELAWN CENTRE FOR THE LIVING ARTS (296 Fielden Ave. at Carter St.): A magnificent 1860s Victorian home and a 268 seat professional theatre. The Theatre is available for booking concerts, performances, lectures as well as hosting the Showboat Festival Theatre stage series, The Canadian Authors Series and numerous musical acts. The Roselawn Centre may cater groups of 30-80 for weddings, special occasions, family events and business seminars.
PORT COLBORNE OPERATIC SOCIETY: presenting outstanding productions of critically acclaimed Broadway shows since 1945. Performances February through March in the Lakeshore Catholic High School Auditorium. www.portcolborneoperaticsociety.com
SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK: a summer tradition–performances by the Port Colborne Concert Band. Thursday nights in July 7:20 – 8:30 pm (Rain or Shine) at the Mark Fairchild Memorial Bandstand in HH Knoll-Lakeview Park. Come early and BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair).
PORT COLBORNE PUBLIC LIBRARY (310 King St., next to the Museum): A welcoming destination for locals & visitors alike! Our air-conditioned building is fully accessible with one designated parking space, wheelchair ramps on Elgin St. and King St., washroom facilities, and an elevator. Free Wi-Fi & computer access – browse our collection; read newspapers, magazines, e-books or digital magazines in our sunny lounge; enjoy our bright and cheerful children’s room; find a bargain in our awesome used book sale; view great exhibits by local artists in the library’s Atrium. For other services and room rentals, visit www.portcolbornelibrary.org
The Niagara Region has long been known for the quality of its fruits and vegetables. Visit our vendors from throughout the region providing fresh local produce, meats, honey, baked goods and a variety of colourful flowers. Friday mornings from 6 am to noon (Victoria Day in May to Thanksgiving in October), 7 am to noon (Thanksgiving in October to Victoria Day in May) in downtown Port Colborne across from City Hall (66 Charlotte St.).
With classic biking fun on the Greater Niagara Circle Route, this great trail system can be whatever you need it to be. The Greater Niagara Circle Route is a paved, multi-use trail that connects Port Colborne, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold, and Welland in a 140-kilometre circuit. The route is made up of several different trails. The Port Colborne section includes the Welland Canals Parkway trail, which runs on a north/south axis from Welland, and the Friendship Trail, which runs on an east/west axis from Fort Erie, both of which meet at Seaway Park. A spur of the trail runs along the Port Promenade, parallel to Historic West Street, and terminates at scenic HH Knoll-Lakeview Park. For more information, maps and routes, visit Niagara Cycling Tourism.
Bike Rentals, Sales & Repairs are all available in Port Colborne, including our newly installed DIY “Fixit Stations” at the Visitor Centre and at the Smokin’ Buddha Restaurant.
Lock 8 Gateway Park Lighthouse
54 Main St West
289-228-8214 (Call or Text)
The only bike rental in Port Colborne/Welland area! *FREE Delivery/Pick-up within Welland, Fonthill and Port Colborne.
PEDAL… BICYCLE SHOP
56 Main Street West
Full Service, Sales and repairs to all makes.
All located within minutes of downtown, Port Colborne’s challenging public and semi-private courses invite golfers to experience lakeside golf in balmy, breezy conditions. Every round played is a great round!
Golfing typically begins early April and continues throughout the fall, often into December.
WHISKY RUN GOLF CLUB – 631 Lorraine Road, Port Colborne (27 hole) whiskyrun.com
PORT COLBORNE COUNTRY CLUB – 11260 Golf Course Road, Wainfleet (18 hole) portcolbornecountryclub.ca
LONG BEACH COUNTRY CLUB – 13054 Lakeshore Rd., Wainfleet (9 hole) longbeachcountryclub.com
Fishing in Port Colborne is an amazing experience, offering year-round, world-class sport fishing. With access to Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River, Port Colborne offers beautiful scenery and excellent fishing. Well known for its trophy fish: Trout, Walleye and Bass, the Upper Niagara River provides some of the best Bass fishing from June to November.
Port Colborne’s waterways are world renowned; big names like Bob Izumi love to fish these waters, as do tournaments like the 444 International Walleye Tournament, the Can-Am Invitational and the Pro Am Bass Tournament to name a few. Fish on your own, with family & friends, or explore a local Charter.
What you can expect to catch in Lake Erie (Lake Erie – cool water species – zone 19)
Migratory Species – Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout & Lake Sturgeon
Resident Species – Pan Fish, Yellow Perch, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Walleye, Carp, Muskellunge, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Freshwater Drum
Nothing can beat a day at the lake! Hot summer days and cool refreshing water make for a day of fun and relaxation on Niagara’s South Coast.
NICKEL BEACH (Located at the southern end of Welland St. at Lake St., Port Colborne MAP)
Nature lovers will be interested in exploring the sand dune formations and Carolinian Forest. The public beach area contains shady picnic areas, washrooms, and unsupervised swimming. This unique beach is home to the Fowler Toad, a protected species.
CENTENNIAL – CEDAR BAY BEACH (2767 Vimy Road, Port Colborne MAP)
Part of Humberstone Centennial Park, there are tennis courts, playing fields, and washrooms on site. Located on Vimy Road at the south end of Cedar Bay Rd., off Hwy. 3 – 8.5 km east of the canal.
LONG BEACH CONSERVATION AREA (12965 Lakeshore Rd., Wainfleet MAP)
Spend the whole summer or the weekend at the Long Beach Conservation Area on Lake Erie. Features include a sandy beach and 225 serviced and unserviced campsites. Launch your boat, fish, play bocce ball, horseshoes, baseball, or just enjoy your picnic while the children swim or play on the playground.
The abundant beach shoreline is long beach’s main attraction. The sand and pebble beach is a natural playground for those who swim, sunbathe, boat, sail, fish, sailboard, jet-ski, etc. The list is only limited by the imagination. Visitors can stroll the shoreline or open a lawn chair in the shade to enjoy nature’s air-conditioner – the great Lake Erie breeze! An admission fee is required for entry.
Find out more about our beaches at the City website.
3 Marina Drive (south end of Elm St. MAP)
Picture perfect best describes Port Colborne’s marvelous harbour. For short day visits, Port Colborne has an extra wide, well maintained boat ramp that will accommodate most watercraft. Ample parking for trucks and trailers on-site is also available. Port Colborne’s Sugarloaf Marina has over 700 slips and provides all the on-shore amenities to make your visit enjoyable for a day, a week or the entire season.
When you think of summer and you think of warm, clean water, sandy beaches, fair winds and plenty of sunshine, you are thinking about summer at Sugarloaf Marina. Lake Erie is both welcoming and refreshing but it also has its mysteries – for the adventurous type, spend an afternoon scuba diving for sunken treasure or for those looking for something more relaxing, soak in the sun as you float the day away out on the lake. For those wishing to keep their feet firmly on the ground, take advantage of the giant pavilion available for special events, have a picnic in the park, and watch the kids play in the water at our splash pad, or challenge them to a round of mini-putt. Later, sip a cool drink on the balcony overlooking the harbour at Sugarloaf Marina’s restaurant. Visit the webpage
Port Colborne’s waterfront park overlooking Sugarloaf Marina and Gravelly Bay. Outdoor picnic pavilions, bandstand, rose garden, children’s playground, splash pad, washrooms and parking. Beginning of the Welland Canals Recreational Trail and site of numerous community events including; Canada Day Celebration, Canal Days Kite Festival, Car Show, and Thursday night summer concerts. A seasonal restaurant is located at the park April to November featuring specialties each week. Located near downtown on Sugarloaf St. at Elm St.
LOCK 8 GATEWAY PARK (133 Mellanby Avenue)
Overlooking the Welland Canal and one of the world’s longest locks, this beautiful park was established November 5, 1979 to commemorate the visit by then Governor General Ed Schreyer and to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the first Welland Canal.
Lock 8 Gateway Park contains an elevated platform for viewing ships in Lock 8, flower gardens, fountains, picnic pavilion, and washrooms. Located at Main St. West, Mellanby Ave. and the Welland Canal, between the two jack-knife bridges.
CENTENNIAL PARK (2767 Vimy Road)
A quiet, 46-acre park overlooking Cedar Bay. Perfect for the sports enthusiast featuring tennis courts, baseball field, horseshow rings, sand beach, washrooms, and picnic pavilion. The Port Colborne Saddle Club presents its events in Centennial Park. Located on Vimy Road at the south end of Cedar Bay Road, off Hwy. 3 on the east side of the canal.
MUD LAKE CONSERVATION AREA (3031 Elm Street)
Mud Lake encompasses 160 acres of lakes, streams, wetlands, and woods. This is the perfect spot for bird watching, hiking, cross-country skiing, or viewing rowers from the South Niagara Rowing Club. It covers the flight path of many migratory birds. More than 60 species of birds and waterfowl have been identified at this location. Easy access to Mud Lake is available from the Welland Canals Parkway Trail or by following Elm Street north.
HUMBERSTONE MARSH CONSERVATION AREA (2025 Neff Road)
This 202-acre site surrounds a series of wetlands, making it an ideal destination for bird watching. There are also trails for hiking, and cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter.
MORGAN’S POINT CONSERVATION AREA (11420 Morgan’s Point Road, Wainfleet)
Located along the Lake Erie shoreline, a sand dune complex and rock shoal outcrop provide natural shore protection for the land, as well as habitat for a wide variety of plants, deer, amphibians, reptiles and birds. Experience the dunes and the majestic ‘old growth’ Sugar Maple, Black Walnut and Hop Hornbeam trees as you walk the boardwalk and trails. The waterfront displays fossils from the 10 million year old seabed!
WAINFLEET BOG (20369 Erie Peat Road, Wainfleet)
The 1,980 acre Wainfleet Bog is the largest remaining peat bog in Southwestern Ontario. Trails and boardwalks wind you through this wet, wild and wonderful place. You will experience the history of this site, from the peat archives of plant pollen and debris dating back over 5,000 years, to a former peat extraction area and equipment remnants. Bog plants, butterflies, migrating songbirds and animals include the small remnant population of Mississauga Rattlesnakes as well as the rare Spotted Turtle.
WAINFLEET WETLANDS (10600 Quarry Road, Wainfleet)
The wetland attracts a large variety of butterflies and over 50 different species of birds including yellow warblers, great blue herons, egrets, gulls, terns, sandpipers and ducks. Abandoned quarries on the site contain an interesting array of coral fossils extending back 380 million years.
Find maps and more information at The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority website.
The Niagara South Coast is a four season recreation destination with an extraordinary mix of exciting activities and adventures. From great indoor activities and fitness centres to a range of outdoor recreation opportunities, you’ll always find something to do.
ALGOPORT SKATE & BMX PARK (133 Mellanby Avenue, Lock 8 Park)
The park was designed by a subcommittee of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC), known as the Sk8 Park Group, Jim Barnum of Spectrum Skatepark Creations and with Landinc Architects. In keeping with our marine heritage, the design replicates a Laker passing under a bridge. The park features areas for beginner, intermediate and experienced enthusiasts. Cameras are in place and presently recording 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The park hours of operation are from dawn to dusk. Click here for Rules & Regulations.
- 670 m² of flat concrete pavement
- 430 m² of ramped concrete pavement
- 88 m of round stainless steel coping
- 75 m of square or flush stainless steel coping
- 16 m (4 lengths) of grind rail and 132 m of railings
- 33 m² spectator zone
- Central fun-box with a curved cut-away
- 4 ledges
- A pole jamb
- 7 riser stair set
- Cantilevered ramp
- “Lifeboat” jump
- Lily pad
- Concave gap
- 2 rollers
- High drop-in ramp
- 3.3 m high over-vertical quarter pipe ramp
- 2 textured “gang plank” entry paths
NIAGARA BOARDER PASS (3 Marina Drive)
Take part in an exhilarating sport this summer, at the wakeboarding cable park in Port Colborne! Niagara Boarder Pass is located in the heart of Sugarloaf Marina and provides an opportunity for the young and young-at-heart to participate and improve their skills in the sport of wakeboarding behind a state of the art, eco-friendly System 2.0 cable.
Cable parks allow people to wakeboard without a boat, riding behind the system for a set amount of time, hitting features such as floating rails and jumps or simply just learning how to get up on a wakeboard. You don’t have to be a pro to try it! Just come on out. Contact: Chris Smith 519-328-3070 or Tim Nixon 519-381-7176 – or visit their website.
HORSEPLAY NIAGARA (11061 Ellsworth Rd N, Wainfleet)
Saddle up and explore Port Colborne’s natural beauty on horseback. Take in the scenery at a leisurely, relaxed pace, with riding trails covering 300 acres of diverse landscape. Whether you prefer to ride along the shore of Lake Erie, or peacefully meander on a trail through quiet fields and woods, Horseplay Niagara provides a unique way to experience the great outdoors. horseplayniagara.com
NEW HUMBERSTONE SPEEDWAY (1716 Hwy #3 East)
New Humberstone Speedway brings fun and excitement to Niagara’s South Coast with a three-eighths of a mile oval clay track. Racing takes place every Sunday night May-September beginning at 6:30 pm with weekly divisions of Mini Stocks, Pro 4 Trucks, Street Stocks, Sportsman and Late Model. humberstonespeedway.com
NIAGARA CENTRAL DOROTHY RUNGELING AIRPORT (435 River Road, Pelham)
Welcome to your airport! The Niagara Central Airport, CNQ3, is a municipally owned airport operated by a Commission representing the communities of Pelham, Port Colborne, Wainfleet and Welland. Centrally located in the world renowned Niagara region, the Niagara Central Airport is poised to grow with a mandate of “service on a higher plane”.
Home to Niagara Skydive Centre Inc., 87 Eagle Squadron Air Cadets, COPA Flight 149, and the St. Catharines Flying Club, the airport also serves a multitude of clients requiring inside hangar space, outside tie-downs, and private hangars. 100LL and MOGAS fuel are available, and the airspace is covered by a Unicom (ATF) during limited hours. Two paved runways (~3500 x 100 and 2670 x 50) cover most anticipated wind directions to receive flyers from near and far.
The St. Catharines Flying Club offers flight training and aircraft rentals to new/current students and pilots. centralairport.ca
SKYDIVE BURNABY (11531 Burnaby Road, Wainfleet)
Want to feel the surge of adrenaline, experience new plateaus, and dive into a grand adventure? Niagara’s South Coast offers the thrill of a lifetime in the air. Test your courage at Niagara’s premier skydiving facility, Skydive Burnaby. Located minutes outside of Port Colborne, experience the exhilarating views of Niagara’s South Coast as you parachute to the ground! skydiveburnaby.com
SHERKSTON PAINTBALL (490 Sherkston Road)
Niagara’s South Coast ultimate paintball experience!
Feeling brave? Take a chance and try paintballing in a fun and competitive environment. Sherkston Paintball offers a novice or the first-time player an adrenaline fueled game of strategy, skill and teamwork on one of four different fields offering a variety of scenarios to challenge all levels of skill. sherkstonpaintball.com
SHERKSTON FAMILY GO-KARTS (799 Empire Road)
The go-kart track is ¼ of a mile with lots of challenging and hairpin turns, and has been enjoyed by generations of consumers. The track is inspected every year by Technical Standard and Safety Association (TSSA) and adheres to and follows all of the rules and regulations of TSSA. sites.google.com/site/shfagoka
- 2 NHL sized ice pads; seating capacity in Rink 1 is 1000 and Rink 2 is 200
- 3 lane indoor running/walking track
- Access to Wi-Fi
- Golden Puck Community Room
- Double gymnasium, 2 pools (a 6 lane 25 metre competition/lap pool and a leisure/therapeutic pool), a child minding centre and fitness centre. All part of the YMCA.
- Bocce Club – 6 outdoor accessible Bocce courts
- Goods Sports Excellence Pro Shop
- Subway Restaurant
- Nestled within the T.A. Lannan Sports Complex that is home to five soccer fields, three baseball diamonds, a playground and recreation trails that connect with the Welland Canal Multi-Use Trails.
The City offers numerous pre-registration recreation programs and Pay As You Play activities including skating and pickle ball. The City also accommodates bookings for use of the Community Room along with 16,000 sq. ft. for trade shows and exhibitions during spring and summer months on Rink 1 floor.
For recreation program information or facility reservation, visit the City website.
From heritage tours and unique shopping experiences, to theatre and culinary delights, Explore Port Colborne offers fun and diverse group tour options for taking in the Historic Canal District, Olde Humberstone, the Welland Canal and everything else Port Colborne has to experience. We welcome motor coach groups, family reunions and groups of all sizes.
The capable, professional and hospitable hands of the staff and volunteers at the Port Colborne BIA can help you plan an exciting tour for your group, and provide many suggestions for group friendly dining establishments, attractions and more; customizing the length and content to suit your group’s needs.
For more information, or for help arranging a visit to Port Colborne, please contact us.