What is Living in Port Colborne Like?

Dated: February 11 2021

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What is Living in Port Colborne Like?

Port Colborne is one of the most south-western towns in Ontario. It is proudly located on the shore of Lake Erie right at the mouth of the Welland Canal, which is nestled in Gravelly Bay. 


A small rural town in the Niagara Region with over 20,000 residents and a rich heritage, Port Colborne, much like the rest of the Niagara Region, is blessed with the unique microclimate that brings milder winters, longer summers and provides above average agricultural potential. 

Additionally, it has plenty of affordable real estate ranging from newer residential neighbourhoods, historic Victorian homes and even some astounding lakefront properties. Below we have some of the main highlights of Port Colborne and some unique ways to enjoy the city.

The Welland Canal and Lake Erie Waterfront

The Welland Canal was completed in 1833 and has since been a staple in Port Colborne’s community and industry. The canal runs straight through the middle of Port Colborne and is home to one of the three remaining lift bridges that are still in operation on the Welland Canal, Bridge 21. It is also home to the world’s second longest canal lock, Lock 8, which has a length of 421m and is a popular place for both boat-watching and other leisurely activities in the park that surrounds the lock. 


The Welland Canal which connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario annually passes around 3,000 ships over the 43km that it spans, with those ships transporting over 40 million tons of cargo a year. You can learn more about the history of the Welland Canal and the role it played in the community throughout the years by visiting the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum.

Outdoor Recreation 

There are plenty of outdoor recreational activities both on land and water that residents and visitors can enjoy while in Port Colborne. Below we have listed some of the most popular activities in the area and the places in which you can enjoy them.

 1. Trails, Parks and Conservation

The Port Colborne area is packed full of amazing outdoor areas that can be enjoyed by foot or many by bicycle. Some of the most popular places to visit include The Friendship Trail, The Welland Canals Parkway Trail, Gord Harry Trail, Mud Lake Conservation Area, H.H. Knoll Park, Wainfleet Wetlands Conservation Area and more.


2. Golfing

There are several amazing golf courses in the Port Colborne area so grab your clubs and enjoy a day on the greens. Some of the golf courses include Whisky Run Golf Club, Port Colborne Country Club and Long Beach Country Club.

3. Festivals

Port Colborne is home to the annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival which has been proudly hosted there every summer since 1979. For the four-day festival there is always an abundance of activities, games, food, entertainment, and shopping vendors. Every year the festival features a beautiful display of fireworks over the canal that you will not want to miss.

Are You Looking to Buy Property in Port Colborne? Contact Davids & DeLaat Today

Port Colborne is the perfect place to buy a home. If you are looking for an experienced team of real estate professionals in the Niagara Region, call Davids & DeLaat today. We are committed to providing our customers with top-notch customer service while helping to find them the perfect home. Take a look at the available houses for sale in Port Colborne today.


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Sheena Cimino

With a multifaceted history in digital media that spans more than a decade, Sheena brings a wealth of knowledge and strategy to the Davids & de Laat team. Her impressive background and keen eye for de....

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