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2020 Hours of Operation
As of Friday, June 26, 2020 to Labour Day Monday, Sept. 7
Monday – Thursday - 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday – Sunday (and holidays: Wednesday, July 1; Monday, Aug. 6; Monday, Sept. 7) - 9:30 a.m. – 8 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
On Friday, June 26, 2020, Nickel Beach will be reopening, just in time for summer. In an effort to keep the residents and visitors safe, staff has implemented changes to Nickel Beach operations for the 2020 season.
What can residents and visitors expect this season?
2020 Hours of operation
Monday – Thursday - 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday – Sunday (and holiday Monday’s) - 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Beachfront parking fees
The City of Port Colborne will not be selling 2020 seasonal passes for beachfront parking. Beachfront parking for cars, motorcycles and ATV’s will be limited to day pass sales for all interested beach goers under a resident and non-resident fee structure.
Niagara residents will continue to pay the current fee structure of $15, Monday – Friday, and $20 on weekends and holiday Monday’s.
The non-Niagara resident fee for beachfront parking is $50 throughout the week, Monday through Sunday.
Cash will be accepted for all daily pass sales; however, beach goers are encouraged to bring exact payment of fees to limit as much cash handling as possible.
Beach goers can walk on to Nickel Beach for free.
This seasonal fee structure may be subject to change beyond the 2020 operating season.
Daily beach capacity
There will be a limit for total capacity on the beach daily, in order to ensure the safety of all beach goers. As natural factors, such as lake levels, affect the beachfronts total usable space on a daily basis, staff will monitoring beach use and overall spacing available to beach goers. Therefore, it is likely that total capacity may vary.
For those paying for beachfront parking, staff will be spacing cars from one another to ensure physical distancing is maintained and that there is always a usable beach footprint for both walk-on visitors and those visiting by water.
As there will be limitations on the daily numbers of beachfront parking passes sold, the City of Port Colborne is permitting walk-on beach goers to park along the south side of Lake Road on a temporary basis for the 2020 season, without being subject to parking violation fees. All vehicles parked on the north side of Lake Road, or anywhere else that obstructs Lake Road, will be subject to parking violation fees.
There will be public access to washroom facilities and hand sanitation stations on the beachfront. Signage at the entrance of the washroom facility will outline reminders for physical distancing, proper handwashing/hand sanitizing, and one-person occupancy limits to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Beach goers are to use public washrooms at their own risk, however, in accordance with public health guidelines, washrooms will be cleaned twice per day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
What you can bring to Nickel Beach
Personal hand sanitizer, towels, water toys, a cooler with snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, umbrellas for shade.
What to leave at home
Alcohol, cigarettes and cannabis (smoking is not permitted in municipal parks), dogs, and horses.
Under Provincial guidelines the playground equipment at Nickel Beach will remain closed until further notice.
Beach water testing
Niagara Region Public Health has resumed beach testing, and starting Friday, June 26, 2020, results will be posted online. 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.
Niagara Region Public Health
Anyone taking advantage of Nickel Beach is 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.
By-law enforcement staff will be patrolling Nickel Beach twice daily to enforce physical distancing. Nickel Beach staff will also be monitoring attendees’ compliance of physical distancing and public health guidelines. Staff have also advised Niagara Regional Police Services of Nickel Beach’s opening and will be making efforts to attend regularly.
If beach attendees do not comply with regulations outlined by staff and public health the City is prepared to proceed with reinstating the closure of Nickel Beach. We all have a responsibility to be both healthy and safe while we PORTicipate this summer.
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.
Email Nickel Beach for more information!
about 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.
|Day Pass (per vehicle, Niagara residents)|
Weekdays (Monday - Friday)
Weekends & Holidays
|Day Pass (per vehicle, non-residents)|
|Monday - Sunday $50.00|
Additional Rules & Regulations
Additional Rules & Regulations:
R-Zone – Respect & Responsibility – Safety 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.