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Bay Beach FAQs


Q: How do I gain entry to Bay Beach?

A: To gain entry to Bay Beach, you will need to have one of three 2021 beach passes (i.e. resident, commercial or day). Proof of residency will not be required when entering Bay Beach.

Q: Where and when can we pick up a resident season pass for Bay Beach?
A: Resident Season Passes can be purchased at Bay Beach (main entrance) starting June 2 from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Resident Season Passes are not available on weekends or holidays. Friday, August 13 will be the last day for Fort Erie residents and taxpayers to purchase a Bay Beach Resident Season Pass. Special accommodations can be made for residents who wish to purchase a Season Pass after August 13, by contacting Sean Hutton at

Q: Do I need proof of address when getting a season pass?
A: Yes, you will need either a driver’s license, birth certificate, passport or tax/water bill to prove that you are a Fort Erie resident to get a season pass.

Q: I'm a short-term rental operator. When will I be able to purchase a commercial pass?
A: Operators of Short-term rentals will be contacted when Commercial passes become available (expected June 14).

Q: I am from outside of Fort Erie. Can I still come to the beach?
A: Yes. Bay Beach is open to the general public with a capacity of 2000 people put in place. Beachgoers are encouraged to review the real-time beach capacity update before heading to the beach. 

Q: Are we allowed to access Bay Beach after the hours of operation?
A: Yes, however, physical distancing guidelines will apply.  All Town beaches are closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.

Q: Will the beach be monitored before and after the hours of operation?
A: Yes. Town by-law staff and the Niagara Regional Police will periodically monitor the beach.

Q: Are there any food trucks or shops to purchase food on the beach?
A: No. However, there are many local shops and restaurants within a 10-minute walking distance of the beach.

Q: How will physical distancing measures be enforced on the beach and in the water?
A: Bay Beach staff, security and municipal by-law enforcement officers will be available to enforce physical distancing amongst beachgoers. In addition, staff will be limiting the number of people allowed on the beach at one time (2,000 max).

Q: Do I need to get a season pass for each member of my family?
A: Yes, everyone over 10 years of age will require a pass to access the beach.

Q: How often is the water tested at Bay Beach? If so, where can I find these results?
A:  The Niagara Region tests the water quality at Bay Beach and other beaches in the Niagara Region.

Q: Is alcohol allowed on the beach?
A: No, alcohol is not allowed on the beach. Click here for a complete list of beach rules.

Q: Is there a charge for parking?
A: Yes. Information about parking including fees can be found here.