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Bay Beach FAQs


COVID-19 UPDATE | Bay Beach (also known as Crystal Beach) is closed to anyone without a Fort Erie resident season pass. Fort Erie resident season passes for Bay Beach in 2020 are available to Fort Erie residents, Fort Erie taxpayers and Fort Erie short-term rental operators only. 

Bay Beach Frequently Asked Questions
Due to COVID-19, the following operational changes have been put into place temporarily for Bay Beach (also known as Crystal Beach):

Q: Where and when can we pick up a resident season pass for Bay Beach?
A: The last day to pick up a Bay Beach Resident Season Pass at the Leisureplex is on Friday, August 14, 2020, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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 in order to get a season pass. 

Q: Is Bay Beach opening up to non-residents with no season pass in Stage 3? 
A: Temporary operational changes to Bay Beach due to COVID-19 (i.e. Resident Season Pass holders only) will continue to be in effect throughout Stage 3 of reopening Ontario.

Q: I'm a short-term rental operator. Who should I talk to about obtaining resident season passes?
A: For more information about obtaining resident season passes for short-term rentals, please contact Al Stouffer, Community Liasion and Business Licensing, at 905-871-1600, ext. 2543 or astouffer@forterie.ca.

Q: I am from outside of Fort Erie. Can I still come to the beach?
A: You can only enter Bay Beach during business hours if you present a Resident Season Pass.

Q: Is there a charge for the season pass?
A: No, the resident season pass for Bay Beach fee has been waived for 2020.

Q: Are we allowed to access Bay Beach after the hours of operation?
A: Yes, however, physical distancing guidelines will apply.

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. A maximum of 2,000 people will be allowed entry to Bay Beach per day (with no exceptions).

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. Information about water quality testing at Bay Beach can be found on the region's website.

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, fees for parking can be found here.

Q: Is there a Season Pass available for On-Street Parking?
A: Yes. This summer, the Town is introducing a Season Pass for paid on-street parking at Bay Beach for the upcoming summer beach season. These passes will be available for $50 (taxes included). Click here for more information. 

Q: Do I need to present my Season Pass to gain access to the beach?
A: Yes, resident season pass holders must show their Bay Beach 2020 season pass to gain access to Bay Beach during business hours. Without showing your pass, you will not be able to enter.

Q: Where can I find Bay Beach water testing results?
A: Niagara Region conducts regular water testing at Bay Beach. To learn the most up to date beach conditions visit: https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/water/beaches/