South Coast

South Coast

Niagara’s unique South Coast is home to sandy beaches, a rich art scene from some of Canada’s best artists, and spectacular shopping that offers everything from fashion to antiques & collectables. The area includes five friendly municipalities: Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Pelham, Welland & Wainfleet.

The Outdoors

From relaxing on white sand at Crystal Beach, to cycling through the beautiful 50 km route from Wainfleet to Ridgeway, to skydiving for the thrill-seekers looking to make their visit one they won’t forget, the South Coast has it all.

You’ll also encounter some of the best fishing that the country has to offer. This includes an award winning location in Port Colborne that boasts a hotspot for catching Perch, Walleye, Salmon, and Trout.

Explore the only wetland in the Niagara Region at the Wainfleet Bog Conservation Area, formed sometime between 12,000 and 5,000 years ago., View bog plants, butterflies, a wide variety of birds, and animals that call the bog wetland home - which also makes for great nature photography. Spend a day hiking and travelling the trails that this undisturbed historic conservation area has to offer.

Art, Culture & Canal Days

Follow Niagara’s South Coast Arts & Culture Route Map to find the best galleries and art installations.  Aside from arts and culture, as you continue on this route you’ll encounter several beaches, exciting downtown shopping districts, and rich farmlands.

Be sure to visit the Port Colborne Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival for an unforgettable waterfront experience.  Watch all the tall ships gather for this four-day adventurous festival that celebrates history and heritage of the South Coast. Nightly concerts and daily activities means an exciting weekend for the whole family.

History of the South Coast

Revisit history on a tour of Old Fort Erie, located at the edge of the Niagara River and home to one of the worst battles from the War of 1812. For history enthusiasts, these momentous battle grounds in Niagara are one of the best places to visit in all of North America.