Queen’s Royal Beach

Public Access due to COVID-19

The public should continue to stay informed by going onto the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lakes COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information regarding beach open/closed status, public access, as well as what facilities and services are available before planning a visit.

Beach Water Testing Results



Please visit the Niagara Regions Beach Testing Page for the current status


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Safe to Swim
Not safe to Swim

Queen’s Royal Beach is the only public swimming beach on the Niagara River [see map], located in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake at the foot of King Street. The Niagara River Remedial Action Plan uses beach water quality as an indicator of the overall health of the Niagara River, as part of its goal to restore water quality and ecosystem health and thus remove it from the list of the Great Lakes Areas of Concern.

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has been working with several partner agencies, through the Niagara River Remedial Action Plan initiative, to address water quality concerns that impact the beach.


Map of the area showing the location of Queen’s Royal Beach (red marker) in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Source: Google

Understand beach conditions to stay safe

Even if the beach results show it’s safe for swimming, there are conditions (weather, number of swimmers, wildlife, high wind/waves, cloudy water) that can cause bacteria levels to rise and conditions at the beach can change over the days between beach sampling.  

Keep yourself healthy!

Bacteria in the water or sand can make you sick (ear, nose, or throat infections and diarrhea if ingested). There are ways to protect yourself from this, including:

  • Avoiding swimming if it has rained in the past 24-48 hours
  • Do not swallow the water
  • Wash your hands before eating if you’ve gone swimming or played in the beach sand
  • Avoid swimming where there are a lot of geese or other wildlife present
  • Do not go swimming if the water is cloudy

Other Waterfront Areas in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Please be advised that other waterfront areas in Niagara-on-the-Lake are not sampled for water quality as they are not designated beaches.
All persons should exercise caution and pay attention to their surroundings in and around untested water, especially in conditions that may promote the growth of bacteria such as: excessive heat, a large number of swimmers, wind and high waves, a large number of birds, recent heavy rainfall or cloudy appearance.

The following signage is posted at waterfront areas that are not designated beaches but where swimmers do congregate.


Weather Forecast Information: Niagara River
Parking Information

Learn more

Contact the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake for more information: 905-468-3266

Learn about other Niagara Region beaches here or check out the Swim Guide to get the latest results for thousands of beaches.