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Port Colborne is a small town in Ontario's Niagara Region on the northern shore of Lake Erie and the southern end of the Niagara Peninsula.


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.

Visitor Information can be found at the Humberstone Hall Visitor Information Centre 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 (7678-386) or +1 905-834-1668 for information.

Get in

By plane

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

  • Buffalo Airport Shuttle, 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 (YHM IATA) in Hamilton, Ontario is about a 75-minute drive away.

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

By car

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 406/140 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 center of town.

Get around

By car

Traffic is typically very light within the town. A minor annoyance are the three lift bridges that cross the Welland Canal. Delays of 15-25 minutes can arise when a ship passes under a bridge, although there are usually alternate routes available to get over the canal at other points in the city.

By taxi

By bus

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 8AM - 5PM Monday to Friday and the link service to Welland which provides 3 trips per weekday between the two communities.


  • Welland Canal. 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 Lakers and Salties in the harbour and lock. Excellent views of the lock can be found at Lock 8 Gateway Park on Mellanby Ave south of Main St (Highway 3). There are three lift bridges in Port Colborne that operate as watercraft pass through the lock and canal. The canal usually operates from late March through the end of December. During the winter months, ships are laid-up in the harbour for maintenance and repairs.



  • Canal Days. Civic Holiday Weekend (first weekend in August). The Niagara Region's 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.
  • Lions Carnival, 130 Killaly St West. mid-July. Annual summer charity carnival hosted by the Port Colborne Lions Club. Rides, food, games, and fun.


  • Minor Fisheries, 176 West St (On the harbour), +1 905-834-9232. Fresh caught fish (usually perch and pickerel) for sale. The restaurant features fish and chips, but also serves some other items. There is a small seating area inside, and an outside patio in the summer. Many visitors get take-out fish and chips, and then sit on one of the benches along the harbour, hoping that a ship will pass by. Note that the restaurant is closed Sunday-Monday during the summer, and Sunday-Wednesday during the winter.
  • The Smokin' Buddha Restaurant & Markets, 265 King St (in the old train station), +1 905-834-6000. Sun-Mon Closed, Tues 4:30-9:00, Wed 11:30-9:00, Thurs-Sat 11:30-10:00. Serving feel-good foods from around the world. Has a booth at the Fonthill, Port Colborne, Ridgway, and Welland Farmer's Markets.
  • 2X4 Diner, 72004 Regional Rd 27, Wainfleet (at Regional Rd 24), +1 905-899-6339. $15 or less.


  • The Reeb House (The Reeber), 2481 Highway #3 (east of town), +1 905-834-8443. 11AM-2AM Daily. Menu is pub fare. Bands on weekends. Mains $10.



  • Seaway Motel, 650 Main Street West, +1 905-834-9854. 17 units with outdoor pool, cable TV, fridges, BBQ, family suites, smoke free rooms; OAA.
  • Sherkston Motel, Highway #3 East, Sherkston, +1 905-894-5454. 6 units with satellite TV, fridges and microwaves, queen-sized beds, BBQ and patio, full kitchen access.

Bed and Breakfasts

  • Kent House, 115 Kent Street, +1 905-834-1206. 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, 234 Steele Street, +1 905-834-1233, toll-free: +1-877-834-1233, . 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, 303 Fielden Avenue, +1 905-834-6049, . Rooms are spacious with ensuite, private and shared baths. Each has a unique theme with quiet A/C. TVs 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.


  • Canalside, 232 West Street, +1 905-834-6090. 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.


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Routes through Port Colborne
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