port colborne ontario


Port Colborne, ON

Lat: 42° 51.44   Long: 079° 15.1

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: City
  • Monitors VHF: 16, 68
  • Charts: CHS 2042, NOS 14822
  • Customs: (888) CANPASS (266-7277)
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code905
Police(905) 735-7811
Hospital(905) 834-4501
Pharmacy(905) 834-3514


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Fort Erie, ON 10 E Buffalo, NY 18 E
Port Dover, ON 43 W Dunkirk, NY 23 S
Port Stanley, ON 115 W Cleveland, OH 156 SW
Pelee Island, ON 196 W Cedar Point, OH 207 SW


Port Colborne Ontario is best-known as the Lake Erie entrance to the Welland Canal. It is a very busy port with a well-protected harbour. The city has constructed a multi-million dollar inner harbour for recreational boaters that is a much sought-after destination for sailors at the eastern end of the lake.


The approaches to Port Colborne Ontario are clear from all directions. As this is the southern terminus of the Welland Canal, be prepared for large, commercial traffic.

Keep at least .5 nm offshore. There is a private RED buoy off Cassaday Point. If you leave that approximately .25 nm off your starboard beam, hold a course of 285o for about 1.8 nm This will position you to enter Port Colbourne harbour on the range line and bring you right up the channel.

Make sure you stay at least .5 nm off Morgans Point as there is a shoal running offshore. If you maintain a course of 090o for about 3.9 nm from Morgams Point, you will cross the range line leading into Port Colborne harbour.

Once you reach the range line, turn to a course of 015.5o and follow up the channel. The channel entrance is marked with a 36' F RED light on your port (see Buoyage Note below) and a Fl GREEN light (E3) on your starboard. The inner harbour is marked with a prominent 50' Fl RED light to port and a F GREEN light to starboard. When you clear the Fl RED light, approximately .1 nm, change course to 325o and hold for approximately .2 nm til you reach the channel into the marina basin. It is marked with a Fl GREEN light to port and Fl RED to starboard, both mounted on the ends of the piers.

Once inside the channel, a 090o turn to port will lead you around the breakwall to Sugarloaf Harbour Marina.
If you intend to transit the Welland Canal, you proceed directly ahead. Seaway Welland can be contacted on VHF 14.

As you enter Port Colborne harbour, remember that you are actually entering the St. Lawrence System. and therefore proceeding DOWNSTREAM. to the sea and NOT UPSTREAM into a harbour. Therefore, the buoyage system will reflect that - GREEN to starboard and RED to port.


Sugarloaf Harbour Marina   (905) 835-6644   VHF 68
This marina has 700 slips and transient docking for 300 vessels. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pump-out station. There is full repair and maintenance sercices for engine, mechanical and electrical systems. There is water and power dockside. There are washrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Other amenities include an on-site restaurant/pub, picnic and BBQ areas a childrens' playground and bicycle rentals. There is a shuttle service available to take you downtown. Internet access is available.


Sugarloaf Harbour Marina can carry out repairs and maintenace to engines, mechanical and electrical systems.

Sport Tech Sails is a custom marine canvas manufacturer located in nearbt St. Catherines. They manufacture and install dodgers, biminies, etc. You would need to arrange a ride to get there.

Food Basics is the closest supermarket to the marina, about 6 blocks away.

All of the major banks are located in downtown Port Colborne Ontario, within a block of each other. It would be about a 6 block walk.


Port Colborne General Hospital (905-834-4501) is located adjacent to the marina basin.

IDA Pharmacy (905-834-3514) is located about 6 blocks from the marina basin.


Canalside Pub and Eatery is located downtown along the Welland Canal. It is a great place to sample a wide selection of beer and just watch the ships move along the canal.

Smokin' Bhudda is located in a renovated train station downtown. It features an eclectic menu with an Asian flare.

Don Cherry's Sports Grill is located at Sugarloaf Harbour Marina. Its deck provides a great view of Lake Erie and the marina. Named after hockey icon Don Cherry, this restaurant chain is known for good food, and a relaxed, casual environment and will feature live entertainment.


Obviously, ship-watching ranks high on the list of things to do as the lakers and ocean freighters glide through the Welland Canal. Lock 8 Gateway Park is a favourite place to rest and watch them pass.

Port Colborne Ontario is a working, maritime community with a rich maritime tradition. The beginning of August sees the Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival This 4 day celebration includes a gathering of tall ships that are open to the public. The festival is a major celebration of Port Colborne maritime history and brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the community.

Showboat Festival Theatre is situated in an historic Victorian mansion dating from 1860. The Theatre is well-regarded and offers a full summer playbill.

This Port Colborne Ontario site will have some information on things to see and do during your visit.

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