A marine community through and through. Port Colborne is quiet in sound but loud with sights and activities. It’s easily one of the best places in the region to be mesmerized by up-close views of massive cargo ships journeying from one Great Lake to another. If beachgoing is more your thing, Nickel and Centennial-Cedar Bay beaches offer the whole package for paradise-seekers of all stripes.
Beginning downtown at the iconic Bridge 21, make your way by foot or on two wheels to the much-loved Port Promenade. Pop in and out of the many stores and restaurants of the main shopping districts to capture the city’s everyday charm. Home to the distinctly Victorian building that is the Roselawn Centre, eclectic shows hosted by Showboat Festival Theatre are well worth the price of admission.
About Port Colborne
Overflowing with marine heritage and hidden gems
Port Colborne was established in 1832 when the Welland Canal got extended south to Lake Erie. This man-made canal, seen by many as a wonder of human engineering and perseverance, travels through the middle of the city and influences all aspects of local life. Warm hospitality and immense pride run deep in Port Colborne, as showcased in signature annual events like Canal Days. Nautical is a simple way to describe the atmosphere around its lovely streets, neighbourhoods and parks. A great example of this has to be H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park, perched atop Gravelly Bay and close to the popular public boat ramp.
Port Colborne Highlights
Port Colborne doesn’t hold back one bit in the category of recreation. Flanked by an amazing canal and situated on the fourth largest of the Great Lakes, where there’s water, there’s adventure. Since snagging the “Canada’s Ultimate Fishing Town” prize several years ago, Port Colborne continues to reel in sport and hobby anglers with its trophy trout, walleye and bass. For those who forgot the tackle box at home, launch your boat near Sugarloaf Marina and cruise the day away.
On-land excitement awaits all the passionate cyclists out there who like a good challenge and a nice view. Glide past the grassy banks of the Welland Canal Parkway Trail while at the same time pondering where to stop for a refreshing pint of craft beer or cider. Don’t miss out on pairing it with a home-style meal prepared using ingredients sourced from the city’s very own Farmers’ Market.
Historical & Marine Museum
Characterized by century-old buildings and marine artifacts in a quaint setting of landscaped gardens, pretty pathways and picket fences. The 1869 Georgian Revival style Williams Home serves as the site of the main exhibit gallery, where a variety of ever-changing exhibits interpret the storied history of Port Colborne and the Welland Canal.
This marvellous lakefront harbour offers over 700 boat slips and all the on-shore amenities you need for a short day visit, overnight stay or seasonal rental. Though the sailing is some of the best in the country, the explorer types can be found scuba diving in search of the mysterious treasures of Lake Erie.
A premier family beach resort and campground located on the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Erie. All stays include free guest access to the 560-acre resort and four kilometres of beach. Comes complete with pools, waterslides, hot tubs, volleyball, soccer, mini-golf and climbing at the aerial challenge course or rock wall.