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elcome to Port
The Gateway of Navigation!
Located on the sandy Lake Erie shoreline in the southern portion of the
Niagara Peninsula, Port Colborne is a mere twenty minute drive from the
United States border. If traveling from Toronto, Port Colborne is just
over an hour’s drive along the QEW to Provincial Highways #406 and #140.
Situated at the entrance to
the world famous Welland Canal – a vital link to the International St.
Lawrence Seaway System, Port Colborne has the privilege of being home to
one of the longest locks in the world. Visitors are offered a firsthand
look of ships from around the world – truly a unique tourist attraction!
Make plans to visit Port
Colborne this year during its annual Canal Days Festival – a community
wide celebration of Port Colborne’s marine heritage and ties with the
Welland Canal. Each year thousands of people gather for this waterfront
family festival which includes tall ship cruises, fireworks,
multi-cultural food, kids zone, heritage displays and much more!
No visit to Port Colborne
would be complete without a stop at the Historical and Marine Museum where
over 15,000 artifacts of local and Welland Canal history being preserved
within a village setting. On site, at Arabella’s Tea Room, volunteer staff
will serve you homemade biscuits on elegant china. Also in Port Colborne
you’ll find an eclectic mix of shopping and dining where 19th century
buildings have been restored to their original charm.
The performing arts are in
fine form at the Roselawn Complex, a restored heritage mansion that is
home to the long-running professional Showboat Festival Theatre as well as
art displays and the increasingly popular Canadian Authors' Series.
Lake Erie’s north shore is
graced with long stretches of fine sand and Port Colborne’s own Nickel
Beach is virtually beside the Welland Canal to the east of the entrance
piers. Further east on another long sandy bay, Sherkston Shores Resort is
home to one of North America’s largest campsites and a host of amenities
and attractions too numerous to mention. Various other public-access
beaches are also available along the Port Colborne shoreline.
Port Colborne’s waterfront
continues to be a recreational focal point with first class marina
facilities, miles of white sandy beaches, and world renowned fishing.
Combine this with quaint shopping districts, family festivals, rich
colourful history, superb theatre, friendly southern hospitality and Port
Colborne will make your stay the most enjoyable one!
Watching & The Welland Canal
hip watching and the Welland Canal
continues to be a major tourist attraction in Port Colborne. Each
year thousands of tourists flock to Port Colborne to witness the
exhilarating sight of an international “Saltie” or “Laker” as it
slips through the Welland Canal.
One of the best
ship watching locations in Port Colborne is at Lock 8 Park which
provides a beautiful landscaped viewing stand & fountain. The
Tourist Information Booth is also located on site and provides
tourists with up to date seasonal ship transit information. Picnic
facilities as well as rest rooms are also on site.
towards Bridge 21 and West Street, it is not uncommon to find
historic wooden tall ships quietly moored along the canal wall as
they wait for clearance to transit the canal. This historic
shopping district offers visitors park benches to sit on and
plenty of shops to stop for ice cream or lunch.
ickel Beach is a
public facility with ample vehicle parking on the beach. Clean,
warm Lake Erie water meets a mile of sandy beach providing great
windsurfing, swimming and sunbathing. Shady picnic areas along
with rest room facilities and a food concession stand meet all of
the visitors needs.
Sugarloaf Harbour Marina
icture perfect best
describes this marvelous harbour development with over 500
attractive slips for short day visits, overnight stays or seasonal
rental. The Upper Deck restaurant provides a wonderful relaxing
dining opportunity. A short walk brings you to HH Knoll Lakeview
Park, perfect for an afternoon picnic.
Sherkston Shores Resort
un for the whole
family is guaranteed at this lakefront playground. Over 7
kilometers of clean sandy beaches highlight one of North America’s
largest campground sites. A giant water slide, mini golf, tennis,
picnic groves, water sport rentals, and horseback riding assure
you’ll never get bored.
Mud Lake Conservation Area
(160 acres of lake and wooded area).
special place for
nature lovers to experience nature at its best, Mud Lake
Conservation is the perfect spot for hiking, bird watching, and
cross country skiing. While hiking through this conservation area
one can also view rowers from the South Niagara Rowing Club
facility along the old Welland Canal. Located in the northern
section of the city, Mud Lake is easily accessible by following
Elm Street north and staying west of the old Welland Canal and
The Shrinking Mill
strange phenomenon! The closer you
get, the smaller it appears. Take Cement Plant Road south to
Lakeshore Road, turn left (east) and look straight ahead to the
end of Lakeshore Road. The mill looks almost close enough to
touch, but as you approach the bay, it shrinks farther and farther
dirt oval stockcar
track. Home of some of the best Sportsmen, Modstock, Purestock,
Prostock, Streetstock and W.A.R. racing in Niagara. Racing every
Sunday from May to September.
ver 60 vendors from throughout the
Niagara Region present their fresh produce, meats, baked goods and
a colourful variety of flowers and bedding plants. The market
square is located in front of City Hall every Friday morning from
6:00 a.m. to noon.
after Bass, Walleye or the illusive Yellow Perch, the waters of
Eastern Lake Erie off Port Colborne are your best bet for a great
day of fishing. Gravelly Bay and surrounding sport fishing areas
near Port Colborne, contain over a dozen species of sport fish.
Ice fishing is also popular during the winter months. That’s why
we’re home to many of Ontario’s finest tournaments and successful
charter operators. For more information contact Sugarloaf Harbour
iscover Lake Erie’s
reefs and wrecks. Clean, warm water and great visibility combine
with well preserved wrecks for memorable diving experiences. Visit
them yourself or let one of our knowledgeable charter operators
share their secrets. For more information contact Sugarloaf
he Niagara Region has
the country’s second highest concentration of high quality golf
courses per capita (second to Prince Edward Island).
golf courses include; Country Lane Golf Club, Port Colborne
Country Club Ltd., Whisky Run Golf Club Ltd., and is only 10
minutes away from Cherry Hill Club Ltd., home of the 1970 open.
Teeing It Up
Entertainment, Theatre, Arts
Festival Theatre with more than 260 seats, features live
professional theatre in a repertory season throughout the
spring and summer, as well as special fall and Christmas
Performances include a mix of comedy, drama, mystery, music
and provide entertainment for everyone’s tastes. The
is located at the intimate setting of the historic Roselawn
Complex in the heart of Port Colborne at 296 Fielden Avenue.
For Box Office Information call:1-905-834-0833
Roselawn Complex, a magnificent stone and brick 1860 Victorian
building is a unique business, education and arts centre. The
is home to Showboat Festival Theatre, art exhibitions,
speakers’ series including leading authors as well as numerous
children’s festivals and music performances. This historic
three storey Italianate/Second Empire mansion seats up to 160
for formal dining . The complex’s wooded grounds and proximity
to the shores of Lake Erie and world famous Welland Canal
provides a perfect getaway and a relaxed, quiet setting. For
Information call: 1 (905) 834-7572
certainly have a model (of delivering creative and
innovative programming); The Roselawn Complex is truly an
outstanding facility that has enriched the educational and
cultural opportunities of the city.”
President and Vice Chancellor
years this local musical theatre group has provided
outstanding musical productions of critically acclaimed
Broadway musical. Performances run mid February through the
first week of March. Shows are performed in a comfortable 650
seat facility. For ticket information or to join the Society
please call, (905) 834-4800 or (905) 834-6939. You can log
onto our website to obtain additional information at
exhibitions and displays can be found at various locations
throughout the city. The Roselawn Art Committee presents local
as well as regional artists works in a wide range of different
media throughout the year at the Roselawn Gallery. Arts Place
Gallery, provides the public with an array of contemporary
fine arts and crafts collective for Niagara Art Professionals.
Glass, silver, paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewellery and
ongoing exhibitions. The “Make Art Gallery & Garden” owned by
local artist Larry Rosnuk features a year round intimate
sculpture garden and art window showcasing steel sculpture and
paintings. Other galleries and displays include exhibits at
the Port Colborne Library Atrium Gallery and The Whispering
Pines Gallery in nearby Sherkston..
information please call the following:
Arts Place Gallery (905)834-9060
Make Art Gallery & Garden (905)834-6061
Port Colborne Library (905)834-6512
Whispering Pines Art Studio & Gallery (905)894-2217
at the Port Colborne Public Library includes regular and large
print books as well as French, multilingual and talking books.
Reserves may be placed for popular titles or for books not on
shelves. The library also maintains a collection of popular
magazines and newspapers. The Audio-Visual Department
maintains a varied collection of cassettes, videos and compact
Situated in a
softly lit atrium, the library is host to art and cultural
exhibitions by local artists and craftspeople as well as
frequent displays from the Royal Ontario Museum and the
Ontario Arts and Crafts Council.
Library is located at 310 King Street, Port Colborne, Ontario,
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- City of Port Colborne Economic Development Office 1-888-PORT FUN (905)835-2900
- PC & District Conservation Club (905) 835-1891
- PC Folk Arts Council (905)834-7061
- PC Historical & Marine Museum - (905) 834-7604
- PC & Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce - (905)834-9765
- The Roselawn Complex & Showboat Festival Theatre 1-888-870-8181 or (905)834-0833
- Sherkston Shores Resort - 1-800-263-8121