SwimmingAs a lakefront city, Port Colborne has no shortage of beaches for swimming.
If you are interested in swimming when it is raining, when Lake Erie is too cold, or if you are interested in swimming lengths, Port Colborne's Centennial Pool is perfect for you.
Hot day, and need a quick way to cool down? Stop by HH Knoll Park and take advantage of our large splash-pad.

Is Lake Erie Safe for Swimming?

Generally, the beaches of Eastern Lake Erie are safe throughout the summer. Problems develop during periods of hot weather when warm and cold layers of water stay separate. This phenomenon deprives the warm upper layer of oxygen.

The Niagara Public Health Department 'posts' beaches as unsafe for swimming when the water contains levels of bacteria that may increase a bather's risk of developing a variety of irritations and infections. Most common are minor skin, eye, ear, nose and throat infections and occasional stomach disorders. Sometimes a beach may be posted unsafe because of floating debris, oil, scum, excessive weed growth, bad odors and general turbidity.

The status of local beaches is rated by the Department of Health each Friday during the summer.
To obtain information on the status of beaches in the Niagara Region call toll-free 1-888-505-6074, ext. 7789.