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Beaches

St. Catharines features three scenic, unsupervised beaches on the shores of Lake Ontario for visitors to soak up the sun, take a leisurely stroll, go for a dip in the lake or to relax and watch the sunset.

Jones Beach

142 Broadway Dr.
End of Broadway Avenue off Lakeshore Road in Grantham Ward

Map to Jones Beach

This quiet beach is located in a protected bay on Lake Ontario, with a picturesque view to the lake and small lighthouse beacon.

Beach Amenities

  • Parking

Lakeside Park Beach

1 Lakeport Rd.

Map to Lakeside Park Beach

A picturesque beach on the south shore of Lake Ontario situated in historic Port Dalhousie. Stunning views of the Port Dalhousie harbour, lighthouse and the north shore of Lake Ontario.

Beach Amenities

  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Carousel
  • Washrooms
  • Snack bar
  • Picnic area
  • Volleyball courts
  • Walking trail

Beach Accessibility Mats - Survey

Beach Accessibility Mats were installed on the beach at Lakeside Park for the first time this year. The City is interested in hearing what you think about the mats through an online survey.

Sunset Beach (previously Municipal Beach)

1 Lombardy Ave.

Map to Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach is located in the Grantham Ward, along the shore of Lake Ontario on the Waterfront Trail and is in close proximity to the Welland Canals Parkway Trail. This park has 365 metres (1,200 feet) of sandy beach to enjoy. On August 24, 2015 City Council approved a request to change the name of Municipal Beach to Sunset Beach.

Beach Amenities

  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Picnic area
  • Public boat launch ramp for small and personal watercrafts during the boating season within daylight hours
  • Washrooms

Request to add Beach Volleyball Courts at Sunset Beach

The Request:

  • Proposed layout of volleyball courts at Sunset Beach12 beach volleyball courts would be added at Sunset Beach; view the proposed layout
  • The courts would be owned and maintained by the City
  • The courts would be available to rent by the public.
  • Renters would be responsible for bringing their own equipment (e.g. nets and lines)
  • When not in use, the courts would be available as general beach space

Clarifications:

  • No decision has been made to date.
  • To proceed, City staff would prepare a report to City Council about the proposal that includes comments from the public
  • Sunset Beach will not be sold
  • The courts would be installed without fencing
  • The installation of the courts would be paid for by the Niagara Rapids, a not-for-profit organization focused on youth volleyball
  • Increased maintenance costs would be offest by permit rental fees
  • The beach volleyball courts would not delay the installation of a splash pad in the north end

Presentation

An information meeting was held on February 8, 2017 to allow the public to learn about the proposal and provide feedback; view the presentation made at this meeting.

Questions or Comments:

Email Kristen Sullivan with questions or comments, or send them to:

Kristen Sullivan
Parks Recreation and Culture Services
320 Geneva St. P.O. Box 3012
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 7C2

Water Quality

Between May (Victoria Day Weekend) and September (Labour Day Weekend) the Niagara Region tests the water quality at Jones Beach, Lakeside Park Beach and Sunset Beach. The water quality is posted at each beach and on the Niagara Region's website.

Conditions are also posted daily on the City's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Beach Maintenance

For beach maintenance (excluding water quality): 905.688.5600.

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