Located about 1h30m south of Toronto, Port Dover Beach is on Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada.
The beach is popular and has real palm trees.
The palm trees were planted by Peter Knechtel, the owner of Callahan’s Beach House Restaurant, which sits right by the water.
Every year, when the weather permits, Knechtel imports Florida palms from the Courtland Gardens and Landscape Centre near Tillsonburg. Each of the trees stand approximately 15 feet tall and remain along the beach for the next five months or so. When fall arrives, the trees are then sent back to a greenhouse where they can be protected from frost damage.
In fact, anyone can buy a palm tree – for a steep $1,500 each.
Aside from the palm trees, there are several things to see and do at Port Dover Beach. A scenic pier, lighthouse, harbor museum, wine trail, boat charters, theatre festivals and coast watersports are all available in the area, in case you’d like to do more than just lay out on the sand.
Just a few steps away from the beach is also the downtown core of the city of Port Dover, which consists of several boutiques, restaurants and cafes.
If you want to go on a guided boat tour of the area, check out Nomada Charters ‘River Rider’ boat cruise @ the Habrour Street Pier (15 Harbour Street).
Looking for food? Check out The Arbor (101 Main St).
Port Dover Beach address
2 Walker St
Port Dover, Ontario