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Port Colborne

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Port Colborne[1] is a small city in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. It sits on the Northern shore of Lake Erie, and on the Southern end of the Niagara Peninsula.


Understand[edit]

The City of Port Colborne has plenty of great weather, ample beach front, and cultural attractions. Port Colborne has great historic shopping districts, a variety of restaurants, and good natural attractions and recreation facilities.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Buffalo-Niagara International Airport (IATA: BUF) in Buffalo, New York is about a 45-minute drive away.

  • Buffalo Airport Shuttle[2], 716-685-2550, offers service from the Buffalo-Niagara airport to Port Colborne. A group of up to 4 can expect to pay approximately $95 each way and the drivers often have great tips on where to go and what to avoid.

Hamilton John C. Munro International Airport (IATA: YHM) in Hamilton, Ontario is about a 75-minute drive away.

Toronto Pearson International Airport (IATA: YYZ) in Toronto is about a 1 1/2-hour drive away.

By car[edit]

Port Colborne, being on the South end of the Niagara Peninsula, is primarily accessed from the Queen Elizabeth Way highway. Visitors can head south from the QEW via Victoria Ave (Hwy 24), or via Highway 140 to reach the town. The drive south from the QEW usually takes between 25-40 minutes depending on traffic conditions.

Visitors already on the south end of the Peninsula can access Port Colborne by following Hwy 3 which passes directly through the city.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

Traffic is typically very light within the town. A minor annoyance are the lift bridges that cross the Welland Canal. Delays of 5-10 minutes can arise when a ship passes under the bridges, although there are usually alternate routes available to get over the canal at other points in the city.

By taxi[edit]

  • Port Taxi, 165 King St, 905-356-3737.  edit
  • A Premier Taxi, 905-835-8000 (fax: 905-835-1627), [3].  edit

By bus[edit]

Public transit options are somewhat limited in Port Colborne. The City of Port Colborne has contracted with Welland Transit to operate their transit system. Port Colborne's transit service is comprised of a local community bus which operates within Port Colborne from 8 am - 5 pm Monday to Friday and the link service to Welland which provides 3 trips per weekday between the two communities.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Showboat Festival Theatre, (905) 834-0833 or 1-888-870-8181, [4]. The theatre is located at the Roselawn Centre at 296 Fielden Avenue, one block north of Clarence Street in the heart of Port Colborne. It can easily be accessed from any point in the Niagara Peninsula.
  • Ship Watching The Welland Canal runs through the heart of the city and allows for excellent ship watching. You can view pleasure craft off the shore of Lake Erie, or watch the Lakers enter the locks downtown. Excellent views of the locks are found at Lock 8 Gateway Park on King St. Also of interest are watching the lift bridges operate as watercraft pass through the locks and canal.


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Yearly events[edit]

  • Canal Days[5] - Civic Holiday Weekend. The Niagara Regions largest summer festival, The Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival offers activities and attractions that will enliven the senses. The Tall Ships gather in Port Colborne each August holiday weekend, for a four-day celebration of history and heritage. Explore the decks, try your hand at the wheel, or feel the spray as you cruise a Tall Ship on Lake Erie. The Canal Days Festival encompasses the entire community, with activities at a dozen different venues: HH Knoll Lakeview Park hosts Ontario’s largest outdoor classic car and kite show. Each year more than 300,000 people visit the festival over four days. Friends, families, and former residents return and reminisce, and Canal Days continues to grow by bounds.
  • The Lions Carnival[6] at 148 Killaly St. West. A yearly summer charity carnival hosted by the Port Colborne Lions Club.


The rest of the year you can enjoy these other activities:

...for an hour:[edit]

Learn about the history of the Welland Canal and our community at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum.

Enjoy a walk along the Port Promenade and discover the shops of Historic West Street and the Downtown Business District.

Explore history and shop along Old Humberstone.

Stroll through the gardens and fountains of Lock 8 Gateway Park and watch lakers or salties passing through one of the longest canal locks in the world.

Take a scenic drive along Sugarloaf Street and Lakeshore Road. Turn around at Cement Road, retrace your route and observe the Incredible Shrinking Mill. Try to figure out why the Mill seems to get smaller as you drive towards it.

Sample the best Niagara has to offer at the Port Colborne Farmers' Market. A Friday tradition dating back more than a century.

Across the street from the Farmers' Market is the Maker's Market run by the St. James & St. Brendan Anglican Church. Hours coincide with the Farmer's Market every Friday morning from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

Drop in at the Library. Read a newspaper or magazine, listen to your favourite CD, or use the free Internet service to contact friends and family back home.

Pack a picnic basket and head for H.H. Knoll Park. Cool summer breezes and picture perfect sunsets. Go for a stroll along the shore and watch the comings and goings at Sugarloaf Harbour Marina.

Enjoy a meal or a drink at one of Port’s eateries and bars. Choices range from coffee shops and fast food outlets to family-style restaurants and fine dining. Fresh fish is available along the waterfront and lakeshore

Softball, baseball, soccer, beach volleyball - throughout the summer there's always an adult or youth sporting event going on at one of our city parks. Relax, put your feet up and enjoy the game. Afterwards stop for an ice cream cone.

Change your travel schedule, stay longer and see more of our community!



...for an afternoon or evening:[edit]

Head for Nickel Beach. Sun, white sand and clean, warm water - the perfect summer combination. A great place to go swimming or wind-surfing.

Attend a summer performance at Showboat Festival Theatre, or a concert at the Roselawn Centre. Summer theatre at its best and non-stop entertainment throughout the years.

Get out your bike or rent one, or lace up your walking shoes or rollerblades, and explore the Port Colborne section of the Welland Canals Recreational Trail. Seven kilometres of paved paths following the Welland Canal.

Take the kids to Sherkston Shores Resort, the place where families come to play. Over 2 miles of sand beach, giant waterslide, mini-golf, tennis, picnic groves, water sport rentals, big screen theatre, and indoor arcade.

Learn about the architectural history of Port Colborne and the surrounding communities. Go on a self-guided walking tour of 33 homes, sites and properties located near the Downtown Business District and the Welland Canal. Afterwards, take a short drive west to Marshville Heritage Village in Wainfleet.

Hit the antique trail and find a hidden treasure. More than thirty outlets are located in town and along the Lake Erie shore.

Explore the lakes, streams, wetlands and woods of Mud Lake Conservation Area. A great spot for hiking, fishing, hunting, nature study and birdwatching. More than 60 species of birds and waterfowl have been identified at this location. Bring a fishing pole and try your luck at Largemouth Bass and pan fish.

Go western. Mount up and take a western trail ride around the woods, ponds and abandoned quarries in the Wainfleet Wetlands Conservation Area.

Check out our Calendar of Events, where you can find beach volleyball tournaments, international fishing tournaments, lobster dinners, antique power displays, horse pulls, saddle club shows, craft shows, classic car shows, fireworks displays, rowing regattas, old fashioned carnivals and parades - the entertainment is varied and non-stop throughout the summer and fall.



...for a day:[edit]

Take out your clubs and hit the links at one of four area golf courses. Located in tranquil countryside settings, these courses are well-suited to golfers of all levels. The Port Colborne Country Club defines Niagara country club golf. Whisky Run consists of three nines unique in design. Nearby Cherry Hill is a registered RCGA course that has hosted the Canadian Open. Coyote Golf & Country Club is geared more towards to the weekend and occasional golfer.

Grab a pole, charter a boat, and get ready for the challenge of some of the best Bass and Walleye fishing on the Great Lakes. The International 444 Walleye Tournament takes place in August. Boat docking, boat launch, and fish cleaning facilities at Sugarloaf Harbour marina and H.H. Knoll Park.

Try your hand at SCUBA diving and explore the waters of Lake Erie. More than 20 marine wrecks within a 20 mile radius. Lake schooners, barquentines and tugs from the 19th century can be found resting on the bottom of the Lake.

Explore the back roads and country lanes of the Lake Erie Shore by bike. Cycle west on the Long Beach Pedal, or east on the Ridgeway Ramble. Completion of the multi-use rail trail to Ridgeway in 2003 will allow easy access to the Friendship Trail and the Niagara Parkway Recreation Trail. More than 140 km of safe, off-road cycling on the Greater Niagara Circle Route.

Learn about your family's history. Genealogical research information available at the Historical and Marine Museum and at the Port Colborne Public Library.

Go rockhounding. The ancient Onondaga Escarpment passes through Port Colborne near the shores of Lake Erie. Local quarry sites contain an array of coral fossils extending back more than 380 million years.

Park your trailer, pitch a tent, or rent a cottage by the lake. Pleasure and tranquility at water's edge. The perfect spot for outdoor play.

Experience Canal Days! Port Colborne's signature event, this unique waterfront festival celebrates the community's marine heritage. Fun for the whole family, with everything from Tall Ship cruises to a Boat Parade of Lights and a spectacular fireworks display over the Welland Canal. Live musical entertainment, beer garden, carnival midway, food vendor, antique car show, kid's zone, charity duck race, and giant kite flying competition. The Port Colborne Museum hosts an annual arts & crafts show, marine displays and historical demonstrations.

Take in the sights at Sherkston Shores. Situated on the pristine shores of Lake Erie, Sherkston Shores is set in 550 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, scattered with hidden nature trails amongst century old forests in an area steeped in history. http://www.sherkston.com



...when it's raining:[edit]

Head to Roselawn Centre for the Living Arts. Showboat Festival Theatre hosts matinees Sundays, Thursdays and most Tuesdays throughout the summer.

Take a tour of the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum. See the 1901 Neff steam buggy, one of the first automobiles manufactured in Canada.

Take advantage of Centennial Pool. A great place to do some laps or give the kids a break from the road. Supervised facility.

Drop in at the Port Colborne Public Library. Listen to your favourite CD, rent a movie or use the free Internet service to contact friends and family back home. Traveling exhibits and works of local artists displayed in the atrium.



...with children:[edit]

Build a sandcastle on the shores of Lake Erie.

Go swimming at Nickel Beach or Centennial Pool.

Try the Funworks Waterslide, or Arcade at Sherkston Shores Resort.

Join a cowboy cookout, take a pony ride, or let the kids explore the playground and petting zoo at Horseplay Niagara.

Enjoy a round of mini-putt golf at H.H. Knoll Park.

Go fishin'! The ponds, lakes and streams of Mud Lake Conservation Area and Sugarloaf Harbour Lagoon are great places to get a feel for a fishing rod.

Visit Melissa's playground and the splash pad at H.H. Knoll Park.

Head to the Port Colborne Public Library. There are books to read and special summer programs just for kids.

Explore the Lions Carnival, or the Midway and Kid's Zone play area during Canal Days.

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Motels[edit]

Canadas Best Value Inn[7], 905-835-5202, cbvi.portcolborne@gmail.com 10134 Highway #3, 26 units with cable TV, fridges, outdoor pool; CAA/AAA.


Capri Motel[8], 905-835-5474, blamontagne1@cogeco.ca 629 Main Street West, 10 units with double beds, cable TV, phone, a/c, wireless internet, free long distance calling, fridges and microwaves in all units.

Good Night Motel[9], 905-835-1818, manager@goodnightmotel.ca 664 Main Street West, 23 units with cable TV, kitchenettes, jaccuzzi, outdoor heated pool;

Seaway Motel[10], 905-834-9854 650 Main Street West, 17 units with outdoor pool, cable TV, fridges, BBQ, family suites, smoke free rooms; OAA;

Sherkston Motel, 905-894-5454 Highway #3 East, Sherkston, 6 units with satellite TV, fridges and microwaves, queen-sized beds, BBQ and patio, full kitchen access;

Bed and Breakfasts[edit]

Graces Victorian Bed & Breakfast[11], 905-835-8037,info@gracesvictoriabandb.com 77 Kent Street. Four rooms. Homestyle breakfast, television, and air conditioning.

Kentfield Guest Suites[www.kentfieldguestsuites.net], 905-835-8411, Kentfield@distributel.net 206 Kent Street. Like a fine bed & breakfast but with more privacy.

Kent House[12], 905-834-1206 115 Kent Street, two rooms. Early 1900s architecture; central air; served breakfast; library lounge with cable/satellite TV; front veranda, gazebo, and English garden; smoke free.

LakeBreeze Niagara Bed & Breakfast[13], 905-834-1233 or 1-877-834-1233, info@lakebreezeniagara.com 234 Steele Street. Hotel in a century-old bed and breakfast. 3 self-contained suites with separate keyless lock entrances. 80ft wrap around veranda overlooking gardens. Full breakfast is served in the formal Dining Room or Veranda Dining Room depending on the weather. Other amenities include wireless internet, in suite TV's and phones, onsite parking and secured lockup for bicycles, central air conditioning, and one handicap accessible and equipped suite.

Talwood Manor Bed and Breakfast[14], 905-834-6049, jboroniec@cogeco.ca 303 Fielden Avenue. Rooms are spacious with ensuite, private and shared baths. Each has a unique theme with quiet A/C. Tv's in most rooms. Breakfast served in traditional dining room. In-house library, garden with gazebo, screened verandah. Wireless high speed internet. Ample private parking. Dock and walk from the Sugarloaf Harbour Marina. Secure storage for bicycles.

Inns[edit]

Canalside[15], 905-834-6090 232 West Street, 800 sq. ft. studio suite, available daily or weekly. Room includes full kitchen facilities, pullout couch and queen bed with fireplace and LCD T.V. Overlooking the canal. Room service available from on site restaurant.

Contact[edit]

Visitor Information can be found at the Humberstone Hall Visitor Information Center at 76 Main Street West, at the corner of Main Street West and Mellanby Avenue. Visitor information can also be found at City Hall, at 66 Charlotte Street, in downtown Port Colborne. You can also call 1-888-PORT-FUN (1-888-7678-386) or 905-834-1668 for information.

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