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Coastal Vibes

Your closest route to a cool mind and a warm soul.

Discover all that Niagara’s South Coast has to offer through its lovely towns and cities. Dedicate time to exploring one of them intensively or try and cover off the whole stretch in just a few days. Whatever you choose to do, the friendly locals are here to make sure you’re left with a good impression. Besides us, there’s no one better to get advice from than them.

Fort Erie

Known for its sandy beaches, historic sites and Indigenous cultural events, Fort Erie is a sightseeing marvel for every age. With small town charm and big city bustle, there’s no end to the variety on offer. Fort Erie holds a trove of hidden gems that most first-time visitors miss. Uncover them all during your next visit.

Port Colborne

The only location along the Welland Canal to follow the waterway’s original route, Port Colborne exudes coastal flair. Rich history and vibrant culture flourish in this day-trip draw. As well as being steeped in marine heritage, it boasts wonderful shopping, dining and outdoor activities. Stroll or cycle to every attraction for the full effect.

Wainfleet

Find yourself in picturesque conservation areas that are ideal for a family camping trip. Wainfleet is an easy drive to the larger towns and cities in the area, making it the perfect spot to start a South Coast getaway. Grounded in rural tradition, the laidback ambience and rustic landscape are tough to beat.

Welland

Right in the heart of the Niagara region is Welland. From the brilliantly lit Bridge 13 and the beauty of Merritt Island to the recreational canal that runs through the downtown core, days in Welland are filled with heart-pumping activity. Its waterfront music concerts and annual outdoor festivals are incentive enough to stick around for an extended stay.

FARMERS’ MARKETS

There’s no better way to spend the early hours of the morning than buying fresh-
picked local produce and amazing seasonal creations. Niagara’s South Coast is home to four farmers’ markets, each showcasing the best their area has to offer. From farm-to-table and field-to-fork, enjoy homegrown agriculture from late spring to early fall.

Dragon Boat Festival

Welland’s premiere community water sport event, where teams made up of 20 paddlers, one drummer and a steers-person race in friendly competitions. Grab a seat at the finish line to see all the flatwater dragon boats battle it out for serious bragging rights.

Canal Days Festival

Port Colborne’s signature annual event is a celebration of the Welland Canal, tall ships, lakers and vessels of all descriptions. Walk the Port Promenade along West Street for everything from local shops and small vendors to art activities and live music. It’s city-wide fun for everyone.

MARSHVILLE HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Step back in time to see costumed interpreters re-enact a crop harvest with horse-drawn carriages, use woodworking instruments in a traditional lumber mill and forge tools in a blacksmith’s shop. Fifteen pioneer-era buildings scatter the festival grounds in Wainfleet and are joined by more than 100 displays of extraordinary artisan crafts.

South Coast Fun Facts

Did you know that parts of the iconic 1979 American adventure film The Black Stallion were shot at the Fort Erie Race Track?
Did you know that the old Kmart at Welland’s Seaway Mall was the site of the first scene for the movie Meatballs?
Did you know that Wainfleet changed its name from Marshville in the late 1800s because flour buyers thought the area was too marshy?
Did you know that Kinnear House in Port Colborne is a heritage property once home to the first woman in Canada to be appointed a federal judge?

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