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Dock separated from lake by large boulders

Enjoy the sand and the surf at our lakeside facilities:

Colchester Harbour

100 Jackson Street

Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Colchester Harbour is a busy fishing and boating location. Dubbed the Walleye Capital of Canada in 2007, the harbour also plays host to the Colchester Guardian Rescue, an all-volunteer Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Search and Rescue unit.

During the boating season - May 1st until Thanksgiving weekend - the harbour offers charter, monthly and seasonal dockage for water craft up to 45 feet in length.

A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is required to operate power-driven boats and watercraft in Canada. Find out more on our Boating page.

Pirate ship play structureHarbour amenities

Colchester Harbour offers the following amenities:

  • 95 slip locations (see Colchester Harbour Slip Layout map)
  • Serviced (water and hydro) and non-serviced dockage
  • Launching ramp and dock attendants to assist
  • Fuel (price varies based on market price)
  • Sewage pump-out
  • 24-hour security and camera surveillance during boating season
  • Boater's lounge, including male and female washrooms
  • On-site bait and tackle shop
  • Concession stand
  • Beach area, pirate ship playground and splash pad
Ramp Fees 
Daily ramp fee$12.00
Senior seasonal pass$120.00
Regular seasonal pass$150.00
Dockage Fees 
Weekly$1.75/ft - Rate x length x 5 days (plus 2 days free)
Nightly$1.75/ft - Rate x length
Two-hour stopoverFree
Stops in excess of two hoursDaily ramp fee applies

Colchester Harbour pirate play structureColchester Beach

The Town of Essex takes great pride in its beautifully groomed beach. Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Colchester Beach is one of Essex County's cleanest and most attractive beaches.

People playing volleyball on the beachAs part of Colchester Harbour, the beach is adjacent to a Pirate Ship Playground and Splash Pad. An outdoor concession stand, new washroom facilities and a beach volleyball net are close at hand.

Recreational activities include boating, fishing, swimming, beach volleyball, sandcastle building, sunbathing, picnicking and so much more.

Beach water quality

To ensure that water at public beaches is safe for swimming, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit monitors Colchester Beach on a weekly basis throughout the summer.

Beach Water Quality Results are updated weekly online. You can also call the Beach Hotline at 519-258-2146 ext. 426 (H20) for updates.