Lakeside Park Beach - St. Catharines, Ontario
Posted by: Superbeard
N 43° 12.225 W 079° 15.883
17T E 640973 N 4784902
Quick Description: A small beach off to the side of Port Dalhousie.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 8/3/2009 4:38:25 PM
Waymark Code: WM6XZV
"The city's most popular beach, on the shore of Lake Ontario, is located in Port Dalhousie at historic Lakeside Park. The park is home to an antique Carousel which was carved by Charles I. D. Looff in 1905 and brought to St. Catharines in 1921. It continues to provide amusement for young and old alike, at just 5 cents a ride." (Wiki)
On weekends and holidays throughout the summer Port Dalhousie's Beach is alive with people taking in the summer sun. There's enough room for the standard beach activities - Frisbee, swimming, sunbathing, etc - but if you run out of room, there are more than enough open grassy areas right behind the beach to play some soccer or football. If you bring your own net and ball, you can enjoy one of the half-dozen beach volleyball areas provided along the right side of the beach!
There are no on-site barbecues, but you are allowed to bring your own as long as they it isn't fueled by propane. There is even a large open shelter for one large or several smaller families to share and use.
While you're at the beach, take some time to enjoy some of the other nearby activities/attractions:
- Take a walk down the pier! If you have your fishing gear, catch and release some of the local fish of Lake Ontario!
- Take a ride on the Carousel! Still only 5 cents a ride.
- There's a playground for children!
- There is a snack bar right between the mens and womens washrooms open during peak hours on weekends and holidays of the summer. Cash Only!
- Parking is nearby, but it is very limited, as the parking is shared by everyone who goes to Port Dalhousie.
- The entire beach, is entirely wheelchair accessible!
- Dogs are allowed on the beach and pier. However you must clean up after your dog, as well as keep your dog on a leash at all times!
- There is no lifeguard! Be careful while at the beach, especially as it could be quite a long run to get help during the off-season, or even during the weekdays of the summer.
- You CAN swim in the water, but there are warning signs around the beach that warn you that the water is probably unsafe after a heavy rain due to stirred-up bacteria in Lake Ontario's water. Swim at your own discretion.
Give the date and description of your visit, adding any additional information that you may have about the beach. Additional photos of the beach are highly encouraged. We want to hear about your experience!