Now that summer is here, it is time to hit the beach and make the most of the sunny weather! You can head to some of the lovely beaches in Niagara with your family and friends.
Let us take a look at some of the popular beaches in the Niagara Region where you can spend some happy summer days.
Nickel Beach, Port Colborne
Formed by the waters of Lake Erie in Port Colborne, Nickel Beach is an amazing place to relax and swim. It’s one of the few beaches that allows you to drive your car right on to the beach for an entry charge of $10. The shallow and clear waters of the beach make it safe for swimming. You can also walk along the shoreline feeling the soft, fine sand beneath your feet. Play volleyball or beach soccer if you are up for some games.
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You can also work on your tan or enjoy a picnic spread with your family & friends. And while you look around, you might spot a Fowler’s Toad or two that live along the shoreline and the dunes.
It is a great place for children too–
Crystal Beach, Fort Erie
Crystal Beach is a major attraction with visitors because of its :
charming community vibe
About 4,000 people live in the area around the beach, and the numbers rise with an influx of visitors during summer. The beach and the waterfront area have been popular with tourists since 1888, when it was a major entertainment hub.
For over a hundred years, the waterfront was home to the Crystal Beach Amusement Park that brought in several visitors from the Niagara Region and New York State. Today the site houses the Crystal Beach Tennis & Yacht Club.
Visitors continue to throng Crystal Beach during summer. There are those looking to relax on the beach and swim in the waters of Lake Erie. Others come to enjoy the water-related activities or those who like to unwind with a drink at the local bar, eat at a restaurant or shop at one of the specialty shops. It is a fabulous place to visit with your family and friends. You can drop in for a day or opt for a longer stay at one of the vacation rentals.
Sunset Beach, St Catharines
With a 1,200 ft stretch of sandy beach and gorgeous sunset views, Sunset Beach in St Catharines, is another wonderful Niagara beach. The waters of Lake Ontario wash ashore on the beach that was known as the Municipal Beach.
Not too many people know about this beach so if you like less crowded beaches, this is the place to go. Of course, summer does see a spike in visitors but it is still a hidden gem. Since the beach is peaceful, it is a good place to relax, sit on one of the benches to admire the views or go cycling.
It is a delightful place for families with children, as there is a playground facility to keep the little ones busy. Couples too will find this serene beach a perfect spot to take a walk. If you enjoy boating, the beach offers a free boat launch for small crafts during the season. You can also go on to explore the Waterfront Trail from the beach.
As sunset approaches, the water glimmers with the rays of the setting sun and the sky looks like a dramatic painting with various hues and patterns. You can enjoy the sunset view from the beaches, the benches or while boating on the lake.
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Lakeside Park Beach, Port Dalhousie
Located on Lake Ontario’s southern shore, the Lakeside Park area consists of a lovely beach a carousel, a walkway and a fabulous playground for kids. You can also appreciate some amazing views of the lake, Port Dalhousie harbour & the Lighthouse. The famous handcrafted Lakeside Park Carousel is inside the park. Work on this antique carousel took place between 1898 and 1905. Both adults and children can enjoy a ride for only 5 cents. Pick a horse, camel, lion or any other animal of your choice and have a jolly good time!
Have a picnic lunch on the beach or one of the benches. You can also play a game or two on the sandy stretch, or go for a walk. Take advantage of the summer sun by getting a tan. A major attraction for children is the new playground facility – the kids can spend a couple of fun-filled hours.