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Bay Beach FAQs

COVID-19 UPDATE | Fort Erie is temporarily restricting access to Bay Beach (also known as Crystal Beach) and limiting patron capacity in 2021. To access Bay Beach this summer, beachgoers must present an eligible Bay Beach pass (restrictions apply) as well as proof of residency such as a driver’s licence.

Q: How do I gain entry to Bay Beach?
To gain entry to Bay Beach, you will need an eligible pass (i.e. resident, commercial or day) AND proof of residency (e.g. driver’s licence). No exceptions. This date may be postponed, if the Province extends its Stay-At-Home order (ends June 2, 2021). 

Q: Where and when can we pick up a resident season pass for Bay Beach?
Resident season passes can be purchased at either the Leisureplex, Crystal Ridge Arena or Bay Beach during select times/days throughout the summer. 

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: Why do I need to bring proof of residency?
Proof of residency (i.e. driver's licence) is required along with your Resident, Commercial or Day pass to gain entry to Bay Beach. This is to ensure that the Town is following our Bay Beach 2021 Admissions guidelines as well as to manage the capacity at the beach to meet Public Health COVID-19 measures. If you do not have both your proof of residency and beach pass, you will be denied entry.

Those who own a property in Fort Erie but whose permanent address is located outside Fort Erie must bring their Resident Season Pass, proof of I.D. (i.e. health card, driver's license, passport) and proof of property ownership (recent tax bill, water bill, hydro bill) to gain access to Bay Beach.

Q: Why have we have placed temporary restrictions to accessing Bay Beach?

A: The Town has placed temporary restrictions to accessing Bay Beach to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within Fort Erie. The Town of Fort Erie is aligning with the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework (i.e. Reopening Ontario) to determine who can gain access to Bay Beach. As restrictions loosen within the Province, restrictions will loosen at Bay Beach, allowing more individuals to enjoy the beach.

Q: I'm a short-term rental operator. When will I be able to purchase a commercial pass?
A: Commercial passes will be available for purchase when the Province moves Niagara into Orange, Yellow or Green. 

Q: I am from outside of Fort Erie. Can I still come to the beach?
A: Bay Beach eligibility is dependent on the status of Ontario’s Reopening Framework. As the Province loosens restrictions, so will the restrictions at Bay Beach. 

Q: Is there a charge for the season pass?
A: Yes. The Town offers two different types of season passes: resident ($10) and commercial ($100). Children 10 years and under are free with a parent/guardian. 

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.