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Port Colborne is a city of over 18,000 people located in the southern part of the Niagara Region along Lake Erie. The town gets its name from Sir John Colborne, a former Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. The city is bordered by Welland to the north, Fort Erie to the east, and Lake Erie to the South. As a port city connected to the Welland Canal and Lake Erie, Port Colborne has a history as an important marine hub. More recently, the city has built a reputation for industry as the location of the Vale Nickel Refinery and the Marine Recycling Corporation.
Real Estate in Port Colborne
As Port Colborne grew and expanded, it eventually joined together with the nearby Village of Humberstone in the 1950s. Historically, both were a part of Welland County until it was amalgamated with Lincoln County to form the Regional Municipality of Niagara in the 1970s.
Port Colborne’s real estate statistics are tracked together with those of nearby Wainfleet. Together, they had an average residential sale price of about $337,000 at the end of 2019. The Niagara Region had an overall, higher average of $430,000 by the end of the same year. New home builds in Port Colborne are available between the high end of the $500,000s and a range throughout the $600,000s. Due to its temperature and proximity to Lake Erie beaches, Port Colborne is another popular cottage destination for those looking for a vacation home by the water.
Living in Port Colborne
The city of Port Colborne is south of a network of highways that connect to the 400-series and the Queen Elizabeth Way. Because of this, Port Colborne has easy access to the rest of the Niagara Region as well as the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area around Lake Ontario. Port Colborne also has its own public transportation line called the Port Colborne Link. It operates along one route through the town and connects with the Welland transportation system to the north.
Schools in the Niagara Region are operated by the District School Board of Niagara and the Niagara Catholic District School Board. In the public board, there are four elementary schools, Dewitt Carter, McKay, Oakwood, and Steele Street. There is also one secondary school called Port Colborne High School in the public board. In the Catholic Board, there are three elementary schools, St. John Bosco, St. Patrick, and St. Therese. The Catholic secondary school in Port Colborne is Lakeshore Catholic High School. Post-Secondary options in the region are Niagara College campuses in Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Welland and the Brock University campus in St. Catharines.
Port Colborne has plenty of natural boons, from trails, to parks, to the nearby beaches all along Lake Erie. The local shore, Nickel Beach is open for summer swimming starting on the Victoria Day long weekend and running until the end of September with slightly modified hours after Labour Day. Other community staples include the Port Colborne Public Library and the Port Colborne Historical & Marine Museum - which also hosts a Grand Old Christmas Festival in December.