Port Stanley Beach

Port Stanley Beach

The heart of the charming town of Port Stanley is Port Stanley Beach. Located in southwest Ontario, this beautiful beach hugs the north shore of Lake Erie at the mouth of Kettle Creek.

Port Stanley consists of two distinctive beaches. The Port Stanley Main Beach is long with gorgeous sandy stretches and one of the few beaches in Canada to have earned Blue Flag status for its excellent water quality and safety measures.

Port Stanley’s Little Beach is not far from the Main Beach. Best suited for families with young children, this 185-metre-long beach features shallow waters secluded by surrounding trees.

A long sandy beach and pretty waterfront homes are illuminated at sunset.

Port Stanley Beach | Ontario’s Southwest

How to get to Port Stanley Beach

Location: 162 William Street, Port Stanley

By transit: In the summer, take the Bend Bus to get from London to Port Stanley Beach.

​​By car: Port Stanley Beach is about a two-hour drive west of Hamilton and just under 45 minutes south from London. The beach offers paid parking lots in various locations near the beach, which include EV charging stations. If the beach parking lots are full, you can find more parking in town.

Know before you go

Port Stanley Beach offers mats and beach wheelchairs, plus a wide and smooth cement walkway, to make the beach accessible to people with wheelchairs, strollers or walkers. Find these at the Centre Lifeguard Tower near the changerooms, available during beach patrol hours.

Municipally-supplied barbecues are available at the pavilion, near the beach washrooms.

Things to do at Port Stanley Beach

Discover more activities and experiences.

Have fun in the sun

Indulge in the amenities of a large beach volleyball court, an inviting boardwalk and the safety of lifeguard services throughout the busy summer season of Port Stanley Beach.

Splash around in the water

Take advantage of the sparkling water with swimming, sunbathing, boating and water sports. Find rentals for canoes, kayaks and other small watercraft in town or along the beach.

Celebrate by the shore

If you’re planning a wedding or other special occasion, consider renting the beautiful Port Stanley Beach for private use. Call the municipality for details.

A mother spinning her daughter around in the water.
Port Stanley Beach | Ontario’s Southwest

Interesting facts about Port Stanley Beach

During the early settlement era in the 17th and 18th centuries, Port Stanley served as a key stop on the route north from Lake Erie via inland waterways. This place was a convenient landing point for many famed explorers like Adrien Joliet.

Settled by Europeans in 1804 as “Kettle Creek,” Port Stanley Beach was renamed 20 years later when Edward Smith-Stanley, the 14th Earl of Derby, visited. His son, Frederick Stanley, became the Governor of Canada and donated the first Stanley Cup. Remnants of this history are still evident in the area today.

Accessibility Features

Accessible beach access routes

One or more beach routes with firm and stable surface provides access to the edge of the sand. All slopes, ramps, handrails and boardwalks comply with the technical requirements of  Ontario's accessibility laws. 

Last updated: May 30, 2024

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