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Sunset Beach (formerly Municipal Beach)

Left: Sunny day at the beach; Right: Biking through Sunset Beach on the Waterfront Trail (Sean Bryson)
 


 


General Information

Sunset Beach (formerly Municipal Beach) is located on the Southern shore of Lake Ontario in North St. Catharines. Municipal Beach is operated by the City of St. Catharines and offers residents full access to the beach, playground and picnic area. The beach provides tourists a great opportunity to experience natural environmental heritage in St. Catharines and be within close proximity to other recreational parks and trails.

 

On August 24, 2015 St. Catharines City Council approved a request to change the name of Municipal Beach to Sunset Beach.

 

 

Hours of Operation

Open year-round

 

Directions

From Toronto:

 

Exit QEW Ontario Street 

Follow Ontario Street to Lakeshore Road

Follow Lakeshore Road (West)

Turn Left (North) on Arthur Street

Turn left (West) on Lombardy Avenue

Follow Lombardy Avenue to Sunset Beach  

 


 

Historical

Sunset Beach is historically important to the development of St. Catharines. The beach and adjacent land housed the pioneers who constructed the Welland Canal. 

 

 


Ecological

Sunset Beach is significant to the natural environmental heritage of St. Catharines. The park area is a unique combination of land and aquatic ecosystems, connecting visitors with important ecological processes. Surface features range from sand to grass to water.

In terms of wildlife, Sunset Beach is abundant with migratory birds and fish species. The park is also habitat for small mammals, insects and reptiles.

 

 


 

Recreational

The beach provides visitors with an abundance of recreational activities. Enjoy a walk on the beach, relax under the shade of an oak tree as you enjoy a local meal or simply go for a swim. Sunset Beach is also equipped with a free boat launch, allowing visitors to engage in boating and fishing activities. The Waterfront Trail runs through Sunset Beach.

 


 

Recreational Uses

Cycling, walking, jogging, swimming, boating, fishing, cross-country skiing, picnic.

 

Adjacent Land Uses

Sunset Beach is bounded on the North by Lake Ontario, on the West by Mary Malcolmson Eco-Park, on the South by Port Weller and on the East by Arthur Street.

Residential, public.

 


Further Information

For further information, please visit:

 

City of St. Catharines Website

http://www.stcatharines.ca/recreation/resources/F09W10_ParksTrails.pdf

 

Lake Ontario Municipal Beach Report, 2006

www.waterkeeper.ca/documents/Beach_report_summer06.pdf

 

 


 

Ownership & Management

City of St. Catharines

Address

Sunset Beach (formerly Municipal Beach)
Lombardy Avenue
St. Catharines, Ontario

Telephone

(905) 688-5600

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.224817
Longitude -79.221575
UTM easting 644828.17
UTM northing 4786256.58

Administration

Mike Anderson
Parks and Recreation
City of St. Catharines
St. Catharines, Ontario
Tel (905) 688-5600
Fax (905) 682-3631
Website http://www.stcatharines.ca/index.asp

Surface features 

Sand, grass, stone dust, dirt path

Trail linkages 

Connects to Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.

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