I feel like Port Dover is a little gem in Ontario that often fails to get credit for how darn cute and nautical it is. My family and I have been visiting Port Dover yearly since I was a toddler, and over the years I have come to appreciate this little town and all it has to offer.
A lot of people likely recognize Dover for its hosting of Friday the 13th, when hundreds of thousands of people come down on their motorcycles and flood the downtown. Friday the 13th is definitely an integral component of what makes Dover, Dover, but there’s a lot more to this place that deserves some recognition.
This past weekend I visited Dover on Saturday evening and again on Sunday afternoon. My boyfriend and I drove down and strolled along the boardwalk on Saturday, and on Sunday, my mom and I went down for the Art in the Park craft show. My mom and I went through the vendors relatively quickly, so we decided to walk the downtown and visit the shops, boutiques, the cafe and the bakery.
Dover is also home to some great restaurants, my favourite being Knechtel’s. I have yet to sample perch that beats Knechtel’s, and their fries and salads are delicious as well. There is a wide variety of cuisines to try down in Dover, but if you do make the trek down, I recommend getting some perch from Knechtel’s, or an Arbor Dog from the famous Arbor. You just can’t go wrong with either.
The beach is nice, the shops are great, and the food is delicious. It’s also romantic, family-friendly, and great for solo-visits, and there is plenty to do to keep you entertained.
What else could you ask for from a perfect nautical gem right here in Ontario?
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