Port Dover Board of Trade


ChristmasFest / Moonlight Madness

SaturdayNovember 18, 2017  

Sponsored by  
Imperial Oil, Ontario Power Generation. Cobb & Jones LLP, R.E. Mann Brokers Ltd., Schofields Bistro, Tri County Insurance Brokers Ltd., McKiee & Farrar Limited, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Port Dover Board of Trade, Brimage Law Group, Norfolk Family Eye Care, Lower Lakes Towing

Shop, dine, give Santa your list, sing carols and watch fireworks over the Lake. 

The Christmas Parade, a visit with Santa at Lighthouse Theatre, Moonlight Madness Sales, a Christmas craft sale at Knox Presbyterian Church & St. Paul's Anglican Church, carolling around the bonfire on the beach and fireworks over the lake kick-off the Christmas season in Port Dover! Get there early to get a good spot to see the parade. 

Saturday & Sunday only receive a free entry ballot  for Christmas Gift Basket Draws.

Saturday Schedule of Events

10:00 - Noon -> Knox Presbyterian Church Christmas Bazaar

10:00 - 4:00pm -> Lioness Christmas Craft Sale at the Port Dover Community Centre

9:00 - noon -> St. Paul’s Anglican Church Christmas Bazaar

12:00 noon -> Parade floats & bands line up on Harbour St.

12:30pm -> Judging of the parade floats

1:00pm -> Santa arrives at the west pier aboard the tug the Eau Clipper and escorted by the Canada Coast Guard.

1:15pm ->The Christmas Parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus, marching bands, the horse & trolley and all the floats parade Main Street through downtown Port Dover. Santa then arrives at Lighthouse Festival Theatre to greet the children. 

2:00-4:00pm -> Visit with Santa at Lighthouse Festival Theatre and face painting. For the older kids visit the Harbour Museum for a scavenger hunt and Christmas craft making.

5:00 – 8:00pm  -> Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride around town.

6:00-7:00pm -> Warm up with hot chocolate at the community “bonfire on the beach”, join the Christmas caroling & watch the fireworks display over the lake. 

7:00pm - ? -> The bargains begin so shop 'til you flop!  The stores in town are offering great bargains all weekend in their annual Moonlight Madness Sale. With every purchase enter the free “Christmas Gift Basket Draw”  - there are over a dozen baskets full of goodies, generously donated by the businesses in Port  Dover.


Polar Bear Plunge & New Year’s Day Levee

January 1, 2018

Polar Bear Plunge

Start the New Year as a spectator or a participant at the main beach at 1:00pm then head to the Port Dover Harbour Museum for the Captain’s New Year’s Day Levee & Old-Time Fiddle Party!

21st Annual Port Dover Perch Derby

April 28 – May 12 2018

Perch Derby 1

Perch Derby 2010

Purchase an adult ticket for the Grand prize Naden aluminum boat, 9.9 Suzuki motor and EZ Loader Trailer and also be entered in the Derby for two full weeks of fishing fun. $0 tagged perch worth over $23,000 are swimmimg around just waiting to caught. Junior, Intermediate and Adult division.

Tickets available at:

Bridge Yachts Ltd. - across from Tim Hortons

Stoney's Home Hardware - Main St. ,

Fisherman's Catch Restaurant - Walker St.,

The Dover Dairy Bar - Main St.,

Dovercraft Marine Store - Bait & Tackle - Don John Blvd.

Tan Mar Shoppe - 347 Main St.

and anytime during the derby at the Perch Derby Head Quarters at the corner of Harbour St. and St. Andrew St. - Bridge Yachts property -  open 7:00am - 7:00pm.

Adults 18 & over $20 

 Intermediates (age 13-17) $10 

Juniors  ( age 12 and under) $5

Remember -  you have to have a ticket to win! Judges decisions are final.

Cast Off Party  - Community Centre - Friday April 27th, 2017  6:30 PM   join in the family fun with music, wing buffet, games for the kids and Early Bird prize draws..

Early Bird Draw: Patio Heater, Pati cooler, 32"TV, portable BBQ

Junior: Bike -  donated by Gord Cooper Trucking

Thank you for participating in this annual fundraising event.

Lighthouse Festival Theatre

38th Season  May - September  2017

Lighthouse Festival Theatre Show 2015 - Stag and Doe

Stag and Doe, 2015

Actors: Lisa Norton, Andrew Fleming, Ferelith Young, Craig Pike, Katie Lawson and Iain Stewart

Professional Live Productions “Come to beautiful lakeside Port Dover and see some of the greatest live theatre experiences in all of Ontario!” Visit www.lighthousetheatre.com  for performance details, dates and tickets. "You'll love it.....Live."

Lake Erie Interclub Cruise June 2017


June 25, 2016 - Sailboats race from Erie, PA to Port Dover

June 26, 2016 - Sailboats day race off Port Dover in Long Point Bay

June 27, 2016 - Sailboats leave Port Dover racing to Port Colborne

Since 1907, five days of sailboat racing draws over 60 craft and crew from Canadian & US yacht clubs on the eastern end of the lake. Visit www.erieinterclub.com for more pictures.

Canada Day

July 1 2009 - Peggy Jane

Port Dover has been celebrating Canada's birthday since confederation. Join the party for a day of family fun. 9:00 am - Soap Box Derby at Main & Chapman Sts. 11:00 am - Boat Parade in the harbour 2:00 pm - hour long Calithumpian Parade along Main St. get there early to get a good spot to see the parade. Early evening music and fireworks at Silver Lake Park. Between events, visit the Port Dover Harbour Museum for wonderful look at Port Dover's history as an important port in Canada's past. Enjoy a meal in any of the numerous  restaurants offering everything from hot dogs, burgers and  pizza to perch & pickerel, crepes, steaks and mid eastern food as well as gourmet pasteries, cookies and much, much more.  

Sunday Evening Concerts in downtown Powell Park

August Concert Series

Concerts in Powell Park

Concerts in Powell Park

Bring a lawn chair and relax under mature shade trees to a new musical group playing in the century bandstand every Sunday evening. 6:30 - 8:30 pm during July & August. Concerts are sponsored by the Port Dover Board of Trade Business Community.

Port Dover Merchant's Sidewalk Sales August 18, 19, 20 , 2017

Sidewalk Sales

Bargains! Bargains! Bargains! Eclectic, unique, one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities, the stores overflow onto the sidewalks and streets, all over town.

Port Dover Summer Festival's "Art in the Park"

Saturday August 19 & 20, 2017

Art in the Park 2013

"Art in the Park" - Artisans, Artists, and Antique Dealers set up midst the beautiful historical setting of Powell Park in downtown Port Dover as they have for over 40 successful years. For book lovers, visit our our humongous pre owned book sale and fill a bag for a donation. Shop, browse and enjoy the weekend! More:  www.portdoversummerfestival.com

Port Dover Board of Trade 14th Annual Golf Tournament

Monday September 11, 2017

Open Invitation to join in the fun at the annual Board of Trade Golf Tournament at Lynn Meadows Golf & Country Club. The day includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, perch & prime rib dinner and a great prize table. To sign up call the Board of Trade office at 519-583-1314.

Norfolk Studio Tour September 16 & 17 2017

Norfolk Studio Tour

Over 40 local artists invite you to their studios to browse, shop, and meet them in their working environment.  Look for the map & guide brochure in local stores. www.norfolkstudiotour.com

Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show 

October 3 - 9, 2017

The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show is the fifth largest fair in Ontario, with over 120,000 visitors each year. 

This fair features agricultural displays, craft exhibits, food vendors, art demonstrations, talent competitions, midway rides, demolition derbies, monster trucks, grandstand entertainment, and many added special attractions. For more, visit   www.norfolkcountyfair.com

Port Dover's Friday the 13th

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Friday the 13th, August 2010

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.

Every Friday the 13th thereafter, the number of people coming to the event has increased. Chris has a suitcase full of newspaper and magazine clippings regarding Friday the 13th and he has become somewhat of a celebrity because of it. Everywhere he goes, people have heard of Friday the 13th in Port Dover.

Upcoming Friday the 13th celebrations

       October 13, 2017

  • April 13, 2018
  • July 13, 2018
  • September 13, 2019
  • December 13, 2019
  • March 13, 2020
  • November 13, 2020

visit www.pd13.com

Port Dover ChristmasFest

Saturday November 18 2017 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

A Port Dover Arts and Craft Affair ...an auspicious occasion . Hosted by Port Dover Lioness at Port Dover Community Centre, 801 St George Street, Port Dover An arts and craft show with artist, artisans,craft and direct sales people.Free admission. Please bring an item for food bank and be entered in an hourly draw . Huge penny sale table and special draw .

Port Dover ChristmasFest Parade

Saturday November 18, 2017

Christmas Parade Port Dover


Welcome to the Port Dover Board of Trade Christmas Parade. The following are guidelines to help make your participation a fun and safe experience.


The number one item is to remember to have fun, smiles and laughter the day!

  • The parade will form up starting at 12:00 noon in the turnaround area of Harbour St. by the bridge. Santa will land at the pier at approximately 12:45 pm
  • Parade starts at 1:00 (or when Santa gets his land legs!) Snow or Shine - see below for the updated route due to construction.

Prizes will be presented for:

  • Best School Participation
  • Best School Float
  • Best Commercial Float
  • Best Non- Commercial Float
  • Best float with children
  • Best Kid's - 6 to 16
  • Best Christmas Theme

The Parade route this year has been altered due to the downtown construction as follows:

Starting at the corner of Main and Harbour St. the parade will proceed up Main St. to Nelson St. – turn left on Nelson, left on to St. George St. and proceed to left on Market St. W. to Main where it turns right and continues down Main back to the Harbour St. St. Santa will disembark as usual on Market St. W. by the side door of Lighthouse Festival. Others may wish to disperse from St. George St.

  • The Public Washrooms by the parking lot on St. George St. will be open.
  • The Board of Trade cannot be held responsible for property left in the staging area.
  • In the interest of safety there will be NO throwing or handing of items to the spectators from the parade float or any moving vehicle. If you have candy or items to give away use walkers at the side of the moving vehicles. This is an safety issue. Refusal will result in immediate withdrawal from the Parade.
  • Any entry involving animals MUST supply proper cleanup.



The Port Dover Board of Trade offers Commercial Exhibitors an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of their business to the community. You will not only be helping yourself and the Christmas Parade but also the many charitable efforts supported by the Port Dover Board of Trade.

Best Wishes for a Happy & Healthy Christmas Season

Santa & Mrs. Claus

For further info contact the Board of Trade office 519-583-1314 info@portdover.ca

Parade Application Form



Port Dover Lioness Christmas House Tour

Saturday December   12:00 - 4:00 pm

Enjoy an afternoon tour of beautifully decorated homes in Port Dover. Stop at St. Pauls Anglican Church Parish Hall at the corner of Market St. W. & St. George St. for Victorian Tea including fancy sandwiches & desserts.

Homes on the tour:

Tickets $20 ea for tea & tour are available at:
Dover Paint & Paper 519-583-3411
Tan Mar Shoppe 519-583-0979
& the Anglican Church the day of the event.

Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for the New Year