Every summer during the hottest days, Wheelz Niagara’s drivers and trip planners get asked about trips “to the beach.”
We are happy to deliver visitors to some of the region’s finest expanses of sand and clear lake water. Taking a “beach day” is somewhat of a Niagara tradition, for locals and visitors alike.
Even our high school students do it, toward the end of term every year - although it’s not officially sanctioned by administration, of course! It’s a way to celebrate the end of the school year, and for graduates, creates lasting memories of fun with their “childhood” friends, before the crowd separates for summer jobs and post-secondary plans.
Niagara has many, many beaches from which to choose. Some have amenities, such as public restrooms and snack bars; some simply have a small parking area with trash and recycling facilities.
Choose from either the Lake Ontario side or the Lake Erie side; from beaches in Fort Erie; Niagara-on-the-Lake; Port Colborne; St. Catharines; Lincoln; Wainfleet and even Grimsby. Of course, some of the Lake Ontario beaches are not accessible yet due to high water levels this season, but that could still change. (Swimming in the Niagara River is not recommended, either above or below the cataracts, due to the strength of the river’s currents.)
Of the many beaches that are public, Niagara Region tests the water quality of 27, and posts results on its website, so you’ll know if it’s safe to swim. Amenities and water temperature are listed here, as well.
It’s a good idea to check before you leave, whether the beach you are planning to swim at on any given day may be posted unsafe. Water quality can be affected by weather, usage and debris.
According to the Niagara Region water quality experts, “beaches are posted unsafe or closed when water tests show unacceptable levels of E. Coli bacteria. The beach might also be unsafe because of floating debris, oil, excessive weed growth, bad odours and general turbidity.
“Swimming in these waters could cause infections of the ear, eye, nose, throat and skin as well as cause diarrhea if the water is ingested,” states the warning on the water quality website.
If it’s not swimming you’re after, but just some relaxing sun and sand, by all means try out one of the region’s smaller beaches. These are likely to be a little less busy, especially on a hot day.
Picnicking is welcomed at Niagara beaches, but a gentle reminder to leave nothing behind is to be heeded. It should also be noted that some beaches are pet-friendly; some are not. Some beaches are watersports-friendly; some are not.
Non-motorized watercraft, such as canoes or kayaks, are not suited to all areas of Lake Ontario or Lake Erie. Wind and waves can cause difficulties at some locations; it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast, too, before leaving for the beach.
All cautions aside, a day at the beach can evoke memories of summer vacations past. Like a mini-vacation themselves, families can enjoy swimming and picnicking time; visit the local beach community for ice cream or shopping; play beach games; read lazily under the beach umbrella; build sand castles and so much more.
Want a trip to a local beach, but don’t feel like driving? Wheelz Niagara has you and up to five guests covered.
Contact our office at 289-296-1966, or send us a message via the website HERE, to plan your day at the beach.
Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Used Wheelz for a transfer from Toronto to Niagara Falls on 10 July. I was impressed by the company even before we used them. Our tour in Niagara had a change of start time so I had to contact the owner Steve before we left Australia. He was busy but promised to call me back which he did. Very impressed considering he had to bear the cost of calling me on mobile in Australia. Our driver was Harold. He was on time, friendly and gave us a lot of interesting information on our trip to Niagara. Our daughter wasn’t feeling well before the trip and he was happy for her to nibble on food on the journey and was happy to stop if needed, which luckily we didn’t need. Gave us a quick tour of Niagara before dropping us off at our hotel. Very impressed by this company and would not hesitate to recommend.Happy Tourist from North Carolina See More