Beaches

Please Note: City beaches are closed under Provincial orders and are only accessible for walk-through use.

Beach parking and Resident Beach Parking Passes

On April 26, 2021, City Council approved a beach strategy outlining a number of actions to be taken this season, and in years ahead, to improve the experience of beachgoers at beaches, while offsetting issues such as overcrowding, illegal parking, inappropriate behaviour and littering.

As part of the strategy, parking enforcement and fines will be stepped up in nearby special provision areas, alongside the introduction of $3-per-hour paid parking at beach lots with a non-extendible three-hour time limit, between May 1 and Sept. 30. Offsite long-term parking will be provided free of charge, with connections to beaches via the City’s active transportation network.

Access to beaches remains free for all visitors.

St. Catharines residents can now apply online for a Resident Beach Parking Pass, allowing for free parking with no time limit at the Sunset Beach and Lakeside Park lots. Passes:

  • Are available to St. Catharines residents only
    • Applicants will be required to submit a copy of vehicle registration(s), showing the vehicle(s) is/are registered to a St. Catharines address
    • St.Catharines residents whose vehicles are registered to a non-St. Catharines address can also provide a recent utility bill or lease agreement as proof of residency alongside their vehicle registration. Vehicle ownership is still required to be submitted
  • Are limited to one per household
  • Can be registered to up to two licence plates
  • Do not guarantee a parking spot
Click here to apply for a Resident Beach Parking Pass

Beach Rules

Please be respectful to our staff, the beach and other beach goers to ensure everyone has a safe, enjoyable time.

  • Barbecuing is NOT allowed at the public beaches or parks unless there are City-constructed permanent structures in place. 
  • Smoking and vaping are NOT permitted on public beaches
  • Alcohol is NOT permitted on public beaches
  • Please be respectful and ensure to properly dispose of garbage. 

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 (Capacity is 80 Cars / 5 accessible spots)
  • Playground
  • Carousel
  • Washrooms
  • Snack bar
  • Picnic area
  • Volleyball courts
  • Walking trail

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 (Capacity is 150 Cars and 10 Boat/Seadoo combos)
  • Playground
  • Picnic area
  • Public boat launch ramp for small and personal watercrafts during the boating season within daylight hours
  • Washrooms

Water Quality

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

Beach Maintenance

For beach maintenance (excluding water quality): 905.688.5600.

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