Beach parking and Resident Beach Parking Passes

The City of St. Catharines has implemented a beach strategy, outlining a number of actions to be taken this season, and in years ahead, to improve the experience of beachgoers. The strategy also aims to offset issues such as overcrowding, illegal parking, inappropriate behaviour and littering. The strategy includes the introduction of beach monitor staff, increased cleaning, investments in amenities and the introduction of paid parking and parking time limits.

Beach parking, June 2 to Sept. 30:

  • $3-per-hour, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Three-hour time limit
  • Free with no time limit for resident beach parking pass holders
  • Parking open dawn to dusk
  • Increased parking enforcement and fines in nearby special provision areas
  • Free offsite parking is available, please consult the maps below on this page for more information.

Access to beaches and Sunset Beach boat launch remains free for all visitors.

Resident Beach Parking Passes

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

Sunset Beach Boat Launch Parking:

  • Boat launch parking open to resident beach parking pass holders and non-resident boat launch parking pass holders
  • Boat launch parking is limited and a pass does not guarantee a space
  • Boat launch parking permitted for vehicles with boat trailers only
  • Up to two trailers can be registered on the pass
  • Non-resident boat launch parking passes limited to one per household
  • Non-resident boat launch parking passes are limited in supply, and available first come, first served
    • Non-resident boat launch passes are $100
    • Applicants will be required to provide a copy / copies of the registration for trailer(s) they wish to register
    • Those interested can apply online starting at 11 a.m., June 7 

Click here to apply for a Non-resident Boat Launch Parking Pass

 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

  • Paid parking, free for resident passholders (Capacity is 80 Cars / 5 accessible spots)
  • Playground
  • Carousel
  • Washrooms
  • Snack bar
  • Picnic area
  • Volleyball courts
  • Walking trail

Please consult the map below for free, long-term Lakeside Park Beach parking

 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

  • Paid Parking, free for resident passholders (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

Please consult the map below for free, long-term Sunset Beach parking

 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

Beach Rules

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

  • Capacity limits in effect
  • 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. 
  • Visitors may be subject to search on entry

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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