Canadian Yachting June 2015 - (Page 44)

DESTINATION FEATURE Port Dover Bikes, Perch and Dogs All photos John Morris ake Erie always feels somehow older, more mature. It's been the cradle of boating and summer pleasure for years. Port Dover is a time-honoured port with an established feel, high spirited traditions both old and new and a real character all its own. Fishing and sunning have been going on for a couple of centuries although the town's best known institution, PD13, the spectacular motorcycle ride-in that occurs every Friday the 13th and has put the place forever on the map - only began in 1981. Named for Dover, England in the early 1880s, Port Dover evolved as a fishing port and has been loved by generations as a long established summer resort pretty well ever since. Its atmosphere is infused with flavours of beach sand, fishing boats and music for which it is renowned. The musical tradition includes huge names like Louis Armstrong and Count Basie played at the Summer Garden where Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadians were L 44 Canadian Yachting The Port Dover Harbour Marina has 458 slips including a dozen for visitors. By John Morris the 'house band' for some time. Later, by Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks bred Levon Helm, Rick Danko and the others who evolved into The Band. An arsonist reportedly torched the Summer Garden in January 1979. The whole history is fueled by hot dogs from the still famous Arbor, one of those authentic frankfurter stands that clearly has been spreading yellow mustard for decades. But back to boating; Lake Erie is blessed with a lot of interesting cruising ports and Dover is undoubtedly one of the most accommodating. As a visiting boater, you'll be in the heart of the place; it's compact enough that you don't even need a bicycle to June 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2015

Vantage Point: Introduce a Friend to Boating
Waterfront: Cold Water Awareness, Easter Seals Regatta, Ask the Experts
Club Profile: Sarnia Yacht Club
Galley Guys - Cobourg Stroll
Fitness On Board Series: Part 1
Feature: Summer Antique Boat Shows and Marine Museums
Destination: Port Dover: Bikes, Perch and Dogs
Port Hole
Sail Review: Marlow-Hunter 37
Power Review: Azimut Magellano 43
Crossing the Line: Everything Old is New Again

Canadian Yachting June 2015