Recently blogTO mentioned Port Dover as one of 5 small towns to visit three hours from Toronto. Port Dover was named in the recent blog along with Napanee, Grand Bend, Campbellford and Bala.
We know they could only name 5, but Norfolk County has some great small towns to visit this summer. Besides Port Dover, our lakeshore offers some fantastic beaches, small shops and local attractions.
A quaint beachside village located about 15 minutes from Port Dover. Turkey Point is a provincially owned and maintained beach where you can find water sports rentals and some great swimming. Enjoy meals and drinks on some great outdoor patio’s such as the Turkey Point Hotel and the Sandbar on the Beach. Further down the Point is MacDonald Turkey Point Marina – a full service marina – and Turkey Vegas Bar and Grill – where you can pull up with your boat and enjoy the patio and live entertainment throughout the summer. Turkey Point also offers a Provincial Campground and 9 hole golf course.
Located about 10 minutes west of Turkey Point is Port Rowan. On your drive along Front Road you will pass the Burning Kiln Winery and Long Point Eco Adventures. Burning Kiln features local wines and local food from David’s Restaurant served on their outdoor patio during the summer months. Long Point Eco Adventures offers biking trails, zip lining, Glamping, stargazing and more!
The drive continues through the country side where you’ll find local fruit and vegetable stands including a Blueberry Farm and Kungl’s Asparagus farm (while in season).
When you arrive in Port Rowan, the views of Long Point Bay are breathtaking. Main Street Port Rowan offers many local shops featuring cottage decor, local art, antiques, women’s clothing and men’s clothing – and this is where you’ll find our Erie’s Edge Real Estate office. You’ll also find dining options such as Country Fork – featuring home style breakfast and lunches – or the Boat House Restaurant on the harbour where you can watch the boats come in and enjoy some pub food and local perch.
A little further southwest you will find a 25 mile sand spit (which the locals call the “island”) known as Long Point. Your entrance to Long Point includes a short drive over the “causeway” – a road built over the marsh and surrounded by water and marshland.
Long Point offers spectacular beaches. Miles and miles of wide sandy beaches is what attracts beach goers to this quaint cottage community. Long Point Provincial Park offers tent and trailer/RV camping and you’re only minutes from some of the best fishing on Ontario’s Southcoast.
Long Point Bay to the North of the “island” offers amazing bass and perch fishing. You might even find yourself reeling in a pike during the spring. Bass season begins the fourth Saturday in June every year and the bay is filled with anglers dying to get the first bass. The Old Cut Boat Livery located at the far end of Long Point closest to the bass fishing grounds offers everything you need to catch that big bass for the Long Point Bay Angler’s Association Bass Derby held the same weekend.
Summer’s in Long Point are all about the water. Swimming, boating, fishing, wake boarding, and more.
So if you’re making the drive from Toronto, and want to check out some more small towns, Norfolk County has plenty to share.