Niagara’s South Coast

Niagara’s South Coast

While Ontario’s Niagara region is famous for its waterfalls and wineries, it’s worth touring beyond to explore quaint beach towns, a vibrant arts scene and beautiful sandy beaches along Niagara’s South Coast. Standouts include Port Colborne’s Crystal Beach and Nickel Beach, some of the best beaches in the Lake Erie region.

After a day of fun frolicking in the water, drop in at one of the many craft breweries on the Niagara Ale Trail and taste the seasonal brews, craft beers and cider. Or stop in at any of the many restaurants in Port Colborne, the local farmers’ market or museums like the Historical and Marine Museum.

Map of Niagara's South Coast

Where is Niagara’s South Coast?

Niagara's South Coast is situated on the southernmost region of the Niagara peninsula. The region borders Lake Erie, the U.S. border at Buffalo, the world-famous Niagara Falls and the city of St. Catharines.

The area is most easily explored by car or motorcycle, with some regional transit provided by GO Transit. The nearest major airports are Toronto Pearson Airport and Buffalo Niagara Airport.

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Things to do on Niagara's South Coast

Spend the day at a beach

Pack your pails and shovels and spend the day making sandcastles at one of the sandy beaches of the South Coast of Lake Erie—check out Long Beach, Crystal Beach or Nickel Beach.

Hit the golf course

Found in the quaint village of Wheatley, the Talbot Trail Golf Club offers a great variety of terrain for all levels of golfer—from links-style open fairways to tight tree-lined greens.

Take in the races

Spend a day at Fort Erie Race Track. Opened in 1897, this historic oval is considered one of the most picturesque in North America. Check the schedule and get in on the action.

Go on a wild adventure

View over 1,000 animals from around the world at Safari Niagara, a nature and wildlife park that’s home to exotic birds, reptiles and mammals. The park also offers shows and day camps.

Soak up some history

Learn about the War of 1812 with a visit to Old Fort Erie, the site of one of the deadliest battle in Canadian history.

Enjoy a heritage festival

Learn about life in the 1800s at South Niagara’s Marshville Heritage Festival. Watch craftsmen in the cabinetmaker’s shop, sample free apple cider, view antique cars and a lot more.

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Last updated: February 16, 2024

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