Beaches in Niagara Falls
The Niagara Falls beaches are located on Niagara River between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. Niagara Falls is in the Great Lakes Basin which has an extremely cold climate from October to May and unless you are from the Arctic it isn't recommended to go swimming during this time. The fresh water in the area creates many wonderful beaches and shorelines in this area. Unfortunately, swimming in Niagara river is frowned upon due of the danger caused by the massive Niagara waterfall.
Lake Ontario and Lake Erie
A short drive north of Niagara Falls is the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake located next to Lake Ontario and the mouth of Niagara River. In the conservation area of this town is a small beach called Niagara Shores which is one of the few Niagara Falls beaches good for swimming in the area. It is best to check with the local conservation officers before swimming in this part of Lake Ontario, there are years where swimming is prohibited due to high e-coli levels. However, a walk on the massive shoreline can be picturesque and relaxing. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a popular vacation spot and has many nice resorts and cottages for rent. South of Niagara Falls is Crystal Beach, Ontario, named for the crystal clear waters of Lake Erie. Crystal Beach Waterfront Park is known for its sand dunes and relaxing beaches. Crystal Beach may only have a population of 3,800 but it is home to several hotels and motels for day trips from Niagara Falls.
Niagara River and Falls
Though not ideal for swimming, a walk along the shoreline of the Niagara Falls beaches is a good way to spend the day. The Niagara Falls area is lined with restaurants and bars perfect for watching the water pass or the sunset. Surrounded by the civilization of Niagara Falls, Ontario and New York this river remains untamed, and the beaches are wilderness in segments. Hiking along the Niagara River is a popular attraction of outdoors enthusiasts. Bruce Trail and Haulage Road Trail are popular for hikers, bikers, and cross country skiers. There are many other trails for experienced hikers and cross country skiers that follow the river. Several trails have themes such as hydroelectric power where you can learn about the history of hydroelectricity in the area. Other themes, such as history, show the importance of the river and falls during the War of 1812.