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The Beacon and Harbourside Marina Sunsets

 Left: The Jordan Harbour Shipwreck, the "Grande Hermine," at sunset, located at the Beacon Harbourside Marina, in Lake Ontario. This abandoned ship which can be seen from the highway, is a landmark recognized by many travelling through the Niagara Region, and offers great photo opportunities. Top Right: The Beacon Restaurant, and the Best Western Hotel sign in front of a pink and purple sky at sunset. The Beacon offers a harbourfront dining patio lounge overlooking the Marina and Lake Ontario, and is a great place to go for dinner, an appetizer, or a beverage while enjoying a warm summer or spring night or crisp autumn evening, while enjoying the sunset. Bottom Right: Gorgeous summer evening sunset over Lake Ontario, behind the Beacon Restaurant in Jordan. 

Photos: [Left: Liz Rathjen, Right: Carly Lebel].



GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The Beacon and Harbourside Marina is not only an area with significant heritage and historical value, but also a great area to watch the sunset and take photos. The sunset offers an amazing, colourful backdrop for "The Grande Hermine" ship half seated and half floating along the shores of the Jordan Harbour in Lake Ontario, making for amazing sunset pictures. As this area is not a public park, rather a restaurant, hotel and marina, there aren't any areas to sit and relax to watch the sunset, other than a couple rocks. However, the Beacon Restaurant Patio Lounge overlooks the lake and the marina and is a great place to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat while gazing across Lake Ontario at the shipwreck in the sunset. The restaurant offers dining experiences within a scenic atmosphere with main menu selections of steak and seafood, accompanied with some of Niagara's finest wine selections. This is an ideal place for a relaxing evening in a comfortable atmosphere enhanced with the gorgeous views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Skyline, especially during sunset. The marina also offers pretty scenery as does the rock wall that surrounds it.

 


Warning:
Always protect your eyes from the sun's UV radiation by wearing UV-blocking sunglasses.
Never look directly at the sun.


The time of the sunset varies throughout the year.
Consult this
sunset time and date calculator prior to your visit.

 

For photographers, lighting can make a huge difference in your photography.

Consult this sunrise and sunset photo calculator prior to your visit.

 



Photo Gallery

 


TripClip Audio File

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Click to play or download the Beacon and Harbourside Marina Sunsets TripClip (mp3 format).

This destination is also part of the TripClip tour entitled Sunset Tour of Niagara.
 

 


Hours of Operation

The Beacon Harbourside Restaurant and Lounge - open daily and evenings

 

Best Western Hotel - Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

 


DIRECTIONS

From Toronto:
 

Take the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) to exit 55, Jordan Road

Turn left at the stop sign, and left again on Jordan Road

Turn left (west) on the North Service Road

Destination on the right

From Niagara:

 

Take the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) to exit 55, Jordan Road

Turn left (west) on the North Service Road

Destination on the right

 


Historical


The Jordan Harbour and Beacon Harbourside Marina, are recognized primarily by the big iron ship that has been half sitting and half floating there since 1997. This ship is called "The Grande Hermine" and is an interesting piece of history home to Niagara. It is a popular roadside attraction that most people know very little about, and is a landmark people associate with being in the Niagara Region. The 140 foot ship was originally built in Quebec in 1914 and began its life as a  ferry on the St. Lawrence and later became a cargo ship, a floating restaurant, and in 1991 converted to a replica ship. The ship was brought to Niagara from Montreal by a man who wanted to turn it into a casino in Chippawa, but unfortunately his plans fell through. Ever since, the ship has remained in the Jordan Harbour but was the victim of an arson fire in January of 2003. The fire got out of control and a piece of history went up in smoke. What's left of the ship remains rusting, half sitting and half floating in the Jordan Harbour, but is still an interesting site to see.

 

For more information and pictures of the ship, please click here: Grande Hermine

 


ECOLOGICAL


The Jordan Harbour is recognized as an Environmentally Significant Area which is home to many species of fish as well as plants and wildlife.

 


Further Information

 

The Beacon Harbourside Yacht Club: 

http://niagaragreenbelt.com/listings/97-transportation/166-beacon-harbourside-yacht-club-marina.html
 

Beacon Harbourside Inn and Suites - Best Western 

http://www.bwbeacon.com/
 

Fishing in The Jordan Harbour 

http://niagaragreenbelt.com/listings/125-fishing/593--jordan-harbour-fishing.html

 

The "Beacon Boat":

http://www.niagarascenery.com/offroad_beaconboat_welcome.html

 

Grande Hermine:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grande_Hermine

 

Sunrise and Sunset Time/Date Calculator

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/sunrise.html

 

Sunrise and Sunset Photo Calculator (For photographers)

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/sunrise-sunset-calculator.htm

 

 

Facilities

Marina

C & J Marine Service

Grande Hermine Shipwreck

The Beacon Restaurant & harbourfront patio

Best Western Hotel (Indoor swimming pool, sauna, and whirlpool)

Don Cherry's Sports Grill

Admission Fee

Small fee to use the boat launch.

Address

The Beacon and Harbourside Marina
2793 Beacon Boulevard
Jordan, Ontario
L0R 1S0 Municipality Lincoln

Telephone

(905) 562-4155

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.183682
Longitude -79.369268

Administration

Beacon Harboursie Inn & Suites Conference Centre
2793 Beacon Boulevard
PO Box 70
Jordan, Ontario
L0R 1 S0
Tel (905) 562-4155
Fax (905) 562-5524
Toll free 1-888-823-2266

Surface features 

Pavement & wooden docks, dirt and rocks if you walk down to the Grande Hermine Shipwreck

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