You don't need to travel far to enjoy a tropical vacation this summer — you just need to head over to Port Dover, a charming little beach town situated on the shores of Lake Erie.
It's the ultimate Ontario resort town, with its own beautiful sandy beach, scenic pier, and lively main street with quaint boutiques, new restaurants, and cozy cafes.
The beach is one-of-a-kind in Ontario, due to its collection of real Florida palms lining its shores. Every year, when the weather is warm enough, they are planted along the beach by Peter Knechtel, the owner of Callahan's Beach House Restaurant by the beachfront.
The palm trees give the area a fun, tropical vibe, and people all over visit the beach just to see them. Because the beach is located along Lake Erie, its waters are also relatively shallow, making it a much warmer place to swim compared to other beaches in the province.
Summer is the best time of the year to make the trip to Port Dover, since it's when the town is most lively. For a classic tourist experience, you can check out the pier lighthouse, harbour museum, wine trails, and theatre festivals located within the town. You can also unleash your wild side with the awesome sports and excursions offered by the water.
Port Dover is just a two-hour drive from Toronto, so you can plan a day trip or weekend getaway if you choose. For more information, visit NorfolkTourism.ca.