Situated in the remnants of Erie Beach Park, a defunct amusement park that was open from 1885-1930, Old Lake Erie Beach Park offers the opportunity to walk through some of Canada’s history. You can see what remains of the promenade, the dance hall, and the “world’s largest swimming pool” as you walk alongside the park on Friendship Trail.
This location is monitored by the Lake Erie - Niagara Hub, one of Swim Drink Fish’s recreational water monitoring hubs and was established in collaboration with the Niagara Coastal Community Collaborative.
A section of this beach is also sampled by Niagara Region Public Health, the results of which can be found under “Waverly” here on the Swim Guide. The Lake Erie - Niagara Hub samples the areas beyond the areas already sampled to provide a holistic understanding of this historic stretch of coastline, and to let the public know when it is safe to swim at these public access points.
A lot of the Waverly Beach shoreline between Kraft Drain to Waverly Beach Park is privately owned through “water lots” that were issued by the city of Fort Erie in the past. They are no longer issued and public road allowances now provide public access to the Lake. These public road allowances are sampled because they are some of the very few locations where the public can access Lake Erie, these access points are known in Fort Erie as “Windows to the Lake”.
To access the detailed open data for this location visit https://www.recreationalwater.ca/niagara