Water Adventures

Splash the Day Away

The South Coast is home to some of Niagara’s best water adventures. Perfect for all ages and skill levels from beginner paddler to PanAm champions. The region offers scenic views, historic lighthouses and famous fishing spots where anglers can try their luck at catching the big one. The young and young at heart will enjoy cooling off at municipal splash pads to beat the summer heat.

Lake life is the best life!

Filled with natural beauty as well as rich with marine culture, Niagara’s South Coast thrives in all seasons. Remember to pack your sunscreen and fishing rod all year round!

women paddle in dragon boat race
woman windsurfing
boy and man in canoe
person on paddleboard

Boats, Fishing, SCUBA & More

There’s no shortage of action-packed water adventures to fill your schedule with when you visit Niagara’s South Coast. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely afternoon by the water or an adrenaline-fueled fishing trip, there are plenty of options that will suit your needs. If you love the waves and want to get away, then rent a boat, paddle board or kayak from one of the local clubs. If you have scuba gear and a license, there is plenty of beautiful underwater scenery and historic shipwrecks to discover.

 If you enjoy sailing, you can day dock at a number of South Coast marinas. Enjoy an afternoon sailing and discovering the historic lighthouses that dot the Lake Erie coastline, with two in Port Colborne and one in Crystal Beach. If you’re a lighthouse enthusiast, Port Colborne’s are open to visitors during Canal Days.

Mud Lake Conservation Area and H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park are two spots well known for perch, walleye, salmon, and trout. Chat with the locals to find out what is biting where.

Water Adventures by Location

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Fort Erie

The entire southern and eastern boundary is defined by the water’s edge. Bring your boat to the Crystal Beach Waterfront Park Boat Ramp and Launch for a small fee or cool off in one of three Splash Pads, located at Ferndale Park, Crystal Ridge Park & Stevensville Memorial Park.

family fishes from floating dock

Port Colborne

This quaint little town has a beautiful waterfront boardwalk with a lift bridge that reflects the town’s maritime roots. Stroll along the canal, catch a fish or two or cool off in the nearby Discovery Splash Pad at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park.

two teens splash in lake


With Morgan’s Point, Wainfleet Wetlands and Long Beach Conservation Areas to explore, Wainfleet offers unique places to camp, swim, sunbathe, fish, sailboard or jet-ski. Interested in biodiversity? Enjoy swamps, plant life, peat, bogs & fossils galore.

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Bike along the canal pathway, or enjoy the trails before you need to cool off! Jump in the water off the Lincoln St. docks for a great place to swim. Then, walk, roll & stroll on Merritt Island where the playground is perfect for kids of all ages.

Safari Niagara

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Safari Niagara’s Splash Pad is a favourite for young water enthusiasts and can be enjoyed all summer long into early September.  The paddle boats are a safe and enjoyable way to relax on the water. Propelled by peddling with your feet, it’s fun and easy for all ages. Don’t worry, you won’t get wet if you don’t want to!

Paddleboats are a free feature with paid park admission and the season ends in October. Be sure to check dates and the weather forecast!


two men Kayaking
dragon boat paddling
4 paddle boats being used by couples and children
ship in canal in winter
kaykers competing water polo
yachts at marina
Geese on grass by waterway
man and boys hold up fish
boats tied up by walkway
tall ship by lighthouse
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