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Need to find an Accessible Beach? Try Port Dover!

Accessible Beach

Small town charm with an accessible beach. If you drive about 90 minutes west of Toronto and southwest from Niagara Falls you would find yourself on the edge of Lake Erie in Port Dover. A quiet small town with approximately 6,000 year ’round residents. For us, it’s Just a 40-minute drive from Hamilton straight up #6 highway. Port Dover is also a federal harbour and supports a commercial fishing fleet – “we catch the fish & serve the fish”.

I had gone to Port Dover many times growing up and there was no accessible beach back then. The beach was always a highlight and of course an Arbor foot long hot dog with one of their famous drinks they call a Glow. This time seemed a bit different, a bit good and a bit bad. On the bad side, the water level was so high this year. The beach area was so small I couldn’t believe how crowded it was. If you’re going you had better get there early to find a spot. By noon, there wasn’t a square foot of space available. It was a sea of beach umbrellas and pop up sun shades.

Accessible Beach
With permission photo from Port Dover Board of Trade

Accessible Beach for everyone

On the good side, it is still the perfect village to walk around in and. They have now added an accessible boardwalk to the beach. If you’re like me and have senior parents or one with a walker this is welcome. Maybe you’re a parent with little ones in a stroller.  If you are a person any accessible needs this may be a great beach for you to go to.  The boardwalk leads you to a covered area on the beach wide enough to lay out on a blanket. You can set up chairs and park a wheelchair and have your family with you.  The design of the mat is so that sand falls right through it so there is no worry about being stuck.

Accessible Beach
Accessible Mat at the Beach
Accessible Beach
Accessible Beach boardwalk

I was having a mommy daughter day at the beach (OK my daughters 25yrs) but still it was a wonderful way to spend the day together. Of course, being who I am we got to the beach by 8:30 am and only two brave kids were in the water already. The beach was still being groomed by the tracker so we had to wait before we could claim our prized lot of real estate. But then it opened up and the beach property was ours. We could pick any spot we wanted.

Accessible beach
Only ones on the Beach, don’t tell my daughter I got her in the photo!


Port Dover Events

Port Dover is home to many things you will want to see and do and eat! Try The Erie Beach Hotel, famous for its Lake Erie Perch. If you like fish don’t miss this opportunity to try the best!

Accessible Beach
With permission photo from Port Dover Board of Trade

Throughout the year this town hosts many festivals and concerts but the one that everyone knows, or should know is Friday the 13th. About 3 – 4 times a year this small town is overrun with loud, noisy and very shiny motorcycles. Yes, every Friday the 13th Motorcycles from all over Ontario and the US flock to this town. The Friday the 13th tradition started in November 1981. Founder Chris Simons, and approximately 25 friends got together at the Commercial Hotel {The Zoo}, now known as Angelo’s of Dover. They had such a good time they decided they should do it every Friday the 13th, and a tradition was born. (

This year there are 5 Friday the 13th, still time to get out and see some great and unusual bikes.

April 13, 2018

July 13, 2018

September 13, 2019

December 13, 2019

March 13, 2020

November 13, 2020


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