Large Left Image: Fishers in the Marina channel (Gillian Greenall); Top Right Image: Brown Trout (John Vaulk); Mid Right Image: steelhead (John Vaulk); Bottom Right Image: Anglers along the walkway (Gillian Greenall).
Port Dalhousie is a great location for family fun and entertainment. While you may want to fish, your friend or partner may want to shop or dine; Port Dalhousie has a perfect balance for everyone! Port Dalhousie is known for its small town attractions; restaurants, bars, entertainment, Lakeside Park (The Lakeside Park commemorated in song by the famous band RUSH), and the beautiful beach. Port Dalhousie is a great location to fish all year. You can easily access the docks and water by boat, walking, running, or cycling. Most anglers enjoy fishing the river on the docks.
The Port Dalhousie Pier Marina is approximately 9 miles west of the Niagara River, and considered to be "one of the premier and most popular marinas on the south shore of Lake Ontario" (PDPM). The location offers a breathtaking view of Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Port Dalhousie. The marina is only a few minutes away from the world renowned wineries, theaters, night life and historical attributes of the Niagara Region.
When fishing you can expect to catch the following species below Port Dalhousie Dam: Migratory Species- Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, Lake trout.
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Hours of Operation
Port Dalhousie Pier Marina is open during open water season with varied hours of operation throughout the summer. Hours depend on season and scope of work.
1) Take exit 51 for Seventh Street/ County Road -34
2) Turn Left at 7th Louth Street (Signs for County Rd-34/ Seventh St. N)
3) Turn Right at Lakeshore
4)) Continue onto Main Street
5) Arrive Downtown Port Dalhousie
From Niagara Falls
1) Take Exit 48 for Martindale Rd towards County Rd-38
2) Turn Left at Martindale Rd (Signs for County Rd-38/ Martindale Rd)
3) Turn Right at Main Street
Arrive Downtown Port Dalhousie
Please refer to The Ministry of Natural Resources to review current laws, regulations and restrictions on fishing times as well as locations. Please be advised that there is no fishing within the walls of the harbour during the open water season due to boat traffic. It is not recommended for fly fisherpersons to wade into the water - due to boat traffic and swimmers.
All anglers must posess a fishing license.
Please note: it is against the law to toss fish over the dam. The environment above the dam is not suitable for fish to survive.
Lakeside Park: From 1901 until the 1950s, Lakeside Park was a popular tourist attraction known for its beach, waterslide, carousel, dance pavilion and midway rides. The beach at Lakeside Park is now a favorite summer fun spot for residents and visitors alike, and during the warm months, snack bar and restroom facilities are open to the public. Least we forget the famous RUSH song 'Lakeside Park' was inspired by the bands love for this park as they were local residents years ago.
Lakeside Park Carousel:
This historic masterpiece was hand carved by the Charles I.D. Looff Company between 1898 and 1905. The carousel came to St. Catharines in 1921 when it was purchased to become a part of the Port Dalhousie amusement park. It is a Coney Island style carousel with 68 carved animals, 4 chariots and a functioning band organ. For operating hours and/or historic tours click here.
Port Dalhousie Lighthouse:
The lighthouse was built in 1898 at the entrance of the third Welland Canal to replace an earlier one destroyed by fire. The four storey structure tapering to a height of 52 feet is topped with an ornate cornice supporting a small lookout. The lighthouse currently houses the Niagara College Sailing School and is not open to the public.
Port Dalhousie offers a great range of entertainment and recreational opportunities. The beach, carousel, down town, restaurants, marina and park are great places for families and friends. Fishing can be seen year -round. Port Dalhousie provides easy access to amenities and facilities for everyone.
The Waterfront Trail
Along the Welland Canal people can fish, walk, run, bike to the pire and along the Waterfront Trail. The trail ends at Courtleigh Road west of Port Dalhousie. The St. Catharines section of the trail is approximately 9 kilometres, stretching from East Port Weller to West Port Dalhousie. It is a multi-use trail suitable for both cyclists and hikers. Refer to www.waterfronttrail.org for more information
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and City of St. Catharines
Transient dockage is available on the west pier for visiting boaters. Transient dockage fees of $6.00 per vessel will be charged for dockage ranging from 30 minutes to three hours. *Boats are permitted to a maximum of 48 hours. A minimum of three hours dockage is required per vessel. The City does not offer permanent docks for lease.
Please call the Manager of Recreation Services 905 688-5601 ext. 3134 if you have any questions about Port Dalhousie Harbour.
*Transient dockage fees of $1.50 per foot will be charged for dockage ranging from three hours to 48 hours.
This information was collected from http://www.stcatharines.ca/recreation/resources/LGSS07_ParksTrails.pdf November 7, 2009
Port Dalhousie Pier Marina * 80 Lighthouse Road * St. Catharines * Ont.
Port Dalhousie, Ontario
L2N7P8 Municipality St. Catharines