Port Stanley

Why hit the beach in Port Stanley?

 

Port Stanley's Main Beach is a long beach with one of the finest stretches of sandy beach on Lake Erie's north shore. Just how great is it? Port Stanley's Main Beach is one of only 27 in Canada to have earned official Blue Flag status for it's commitment to strict water quality and safety criteria. Port Stanley also features mats to make the beach more accessible to people using wheelchairs or strollers.

Looking for something a little smaller? Head down the road to Port Stanley's Little Beach, where you'll find 185 metres of secluded sandy beach and shallow water that's well protected by a berm.

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Who will love it?

FAMILIES

Warm water temperatures and a sandy bottom that drops off gradually make this a great choice for kids.

SMALL TOWN CHARM SEEKERS

The nearby downtown core features quaint boutiques, restaurants and cafes.

WATERSPORTS ENTHUSIASTS

Good on-shore winds make Port Stanley a popular choice for windsurfers and sailors.

In and Around Canatara Park

Port Stanley Harbour Tours

  • 18666403375

Enjoy a private harbour tour or a private beaches tour for up to 6 people on a certified commercial passenger vessel that transit Kettle Creek in the village…

Alma Villa

  • 201 Lakeview St.
  • +15197824959

A beautifully restored century old lakeside home in Port Stanley, the Alma Villa offers 6 bedrooms with unforgettable views of Lake Erie. Offers visitors…

Anything Used & Sparta Country Candles

  • 46361 Sparta Line
  • +15197750054

One of Elgin County’s best kept - and best smelling - secrets lies in an old general store built in 1838 in the historic village of Sparta. Sparta…

Archie Coulter Conservation Area

  • 46900 Brouwer's Line
  • +15197739037

Named after the first CCCA Chairperson and local conservationist, the Archie Coulter Conservation Area stretches for 133 acres along the west branch of…

Art and Soul Café

  • 291 Bridge Street
  • 5197829987

A Café located on Bridge St. in Port Stanley that serves food for the soul and sells beautiful art for the eyes.

Aylmer Wildlife Management Area

  • 10594 Hacienda Rd.
  • +15196314491

Situated on 338 acres (137 hectares) of crown land, the Aylmer Wildlife Management Area provides visitors with many opportunities, including; hunting…

Bear Friend Factory & Whistle Stop Peddlers

  • 46349 Sparta Line
  • +15198522161

Stephanie & Peter McDermid created The Bear Friend Factory in 2012 as a fun experience for children of all ages. We offer the Largest Collection of quality…

Big Blue & the Beach House

  • 16 Victoria Street
  • 4166446524

Big Blue is a large 4 season vacation home just a short 7 minute walk from the beach in Port Burwell, Ontario.  Great for a week at the beach or a…

Big Otter Marina and Campground

  • 5 Bridge St
  • +15198744034

Located in Port Burwell, Big Otter Marina and Campground is a great location to discover and access the shores of Lake Erie The facility offers tenting…

Bridgeview Marina

  • 301 Carlow road
  • +15197827878

In addition to being a full-service marina, Bridgeview offers canoe, kayak, and stand up paddleboard rentals, as well as some shiny new jetskis for rent.

Broderick's

  • 290 Bridge St.
  • +15197824492

Broderick’s Ice Cream Parlour continues to be a favourite destination in Port Stanley Ontario leading back to 1984. With its unique 50’s style store design…

Clovermead Adventure Farm

  • 11302 Imperial Rd
  • 15197735503

Visit a regionally famous farm where families can laugh, learn, and play together! Enjoy wagon rides, slides, petting the farm animals, mazes, straw jump…

DeBackere Farm Market

  • 5680 Sunset Road

The DeBackere Farm Market is located just outside of the relaxing and beautiful harbour village of Port Stanley, Ontario. It's family owned and…

Deep Secret Fishing Charters

  • 3 Hurley Lane
  • +15195501798

We are a friendly, full service marina located in Port Burwell, Ontario on the shores of Lake Erie. We offer various services including a boat launch, fuel…

Eagles Rest B&B

  • 140 Brayside Street
  • 1 (519) 670-2894

Eagles Rest is located on Port Stanleys East Coast, just a 10 minute walk down to Little Beach. This B&B features 3 rooms, each with their own bathroom, and…

Elgin County Tourism

  • 450 Sunset Drive
  • +18774635446

Experience stunning shoreline, picturesque towns and villages, a rich agricultural heritage and coastal cruising routes. The Savour Elgin Trail leads you to…

Elgin County Trails

  • 519-631-1460 x 168

Explore the beautiful trails and parks by biking, walking, hiking, jogging, cross country skiing, and cycling throughout Elgin and St. Thomas. The…

Elgin County Visitor's Guide

  • 450 Sunset Drive
  • +18774635446

Experience stunning shoreline, picturesque towns and villages, a rich agricultural heritage and coastal cruising routes. Click the link above to view the…

Experience Elgin County Route

  • Elgin & St. Thomas

Begin your Elgin experience with a drive through picturesque villages. Then, move south where you can discover Port Stanley, a hidden jewel of Ontario's…

Fishing in Elgin County

  • 450 Sunset Drive
  • +18774635446

Have fun fishing this summer in Elgin County! Click the link for information on local fishing charters.

Forge & Anvil Museum

  • 46316 Sparta Line
  • +15197752292

The cob museum building is one of the many examples of early Ontario architecture in Sparta, which began as a Quaker settlement in 1813. It served as a…

Great Local Eats

Broderick's

  • 290 Bridge St.
  • +15197824492

Broderick’s Ice Cream Parlour continues to be a favourite destination in Port Stanley Ontario leading back to 1984. With its unique 50’s style store design…

Green Frog Tea Room At Pinecroft

  • 8122 Rogers Road South
  • +15197733435

The green frog that resides peacefully at Pinecroft, and is the namesake for this Tea Room, began life as a stand for mounting horses and entering carriages…

GTs On The Beach

  • 350 Edith Cavell Blvd
  • 15197824555

Visit Ontario's largest beachfront patio! Open May-September, full menu including lots of local fresh Lake Erie perch, kids menu and icy cold…

Izzy's Schooners

  • 35 Robinson St.
  • +15198744363

At Izzy’s Schooners, we thrive on providing our customers with the best service and quality food that we possibly can. We offer fresh local fish straight…

Kettle Creek Inn - Dining

  • 216 Joseph Street
  • +15197823388

The Inn’s Gazebo, set against stunning gardens designed by Elgin landscapers, – offers summer dining with cool lake breezes. In the winter the…

Le Cafe Siam

  • 392 Talbot Street
  • +15196372287

For over a decade, Le Cafe Siam has been serving the best Thai food in southern Ontario. If you’re looking for your next favourite Thai restaurant, try Le…

Lighthouse Restaurant and Pub

  • 36 Robinson Street
  • +15198744112

Welcome to Port Burwell and The Lighthouse Restaurant and Pub! A "hidden gem" situated on the northern shores of Lake Erie where you'll be bound to find…

Mackies

  • 124 William Street
  • +15197824390

Family owned and operated, located on the beach in Port Stanley since 1911. Famous for our fresh cut fries, homemade sauce, relishes and orangeade…

New Sarum Diner

  • 46230 New Sarum Line
  • +15197733101

The New Sarum Diner has been owned and operated by the same family for over 40 years. Originally established in 1943, New Sarum Diner is proud to be Elgin…

PJ's Pizza

  • 238 Graham St SS 1,
  • +15197681026

If your looking to fill up or experience a good atmosphere you have come to the right place. PJ's pizza is located in West Lorne and is only a short drive…

Ruby's Cookhouse

  • 583 John Street North
  • +15197738786

Father and son team of Steve and George Kapogianis bring over 30 years of restaurant experience and marketing to Ruby’s. The Kapogianis’ believe…

Shaw's Ice Cream

  • 6598 Sunset Rd
  • +15196312510

Shaw's Ice Cream uses only the best ingredients and of course real Canadian cream! They take time in sourcing the purest flavourings, fruits, and dairy…

SoLo on Main

  • 187 Main St.
  • +12266588886

SoLo on Main is the culmination of Port Stanley’s own chef Lauren "Lo" Vandixhoorn’s dedication to hard work and passion for the art of cooking. Born and…

Sparta House Tearoom

  • Main Street, Quaker Road & Sparta Line
  • +15197752312

Enjoy a unique dining experience in the quaint historical village of Sparta. Escape the rat race and step into an unhurried atmosphere where you will…

Take A Bite

  • 22354 Talbot Line
  • 519702BITE2483

Hello there, welcome to our world! We are Take A Bite, a small food truck ready to feed a big appetite! With the help of our experienced team, we are able to…

The Buccaneer Restaurant

  • 128 William Street
  • +15197823968

Experience the cozy new look of The Buccaneer Restaurant's dining room, with new menu choices offering full breakfast, lunch and dinner. Well known for our…

The Corner View Cafe

  • 3159 Colin St.

Head to the shore of Lake Erie and grab a bite to eat at The Corner View Cafe where you can try a burger, breakfast, a sandwich, or even a coffee and some…

The Fritter Shop

  • 779 Talbot St
  • +12262362186

Kelvin Van Rijn spent his childhood making apple fritters and dreaming of how he could do things a little differently. A year after graduating from the…

Windjammer Inn

  • 324 Smith Street
  • 15197824173

On the beaches of Lake Erie rests the Windjammer Inn where to dine, is to taste a small piece of culinary heaven. Owner and chef Kim Saunders sources all of…

Where To Stay

Alma Villa

  • 201 Lakeview St.
  • +15197824959

A beautifully restored century old lakeside home in Port Stanley, the Alma Villa offers 6 bedrooms with unforgettable views of Lake Erie. Offers visitors…

Big Blue & the Beach House

  • 16 Victoria Street
  • 4166446524

Big Blue is a large 4 season vacation home just a short 7 minute walk from the beach in Port Burwell, Ontario.  Great for a week at the beach or a…

Big Otter Marina and Campground

  • 5 Bridge St
  • +15198744034

Located in Port Burwell, Big Otter Marina and Campground is a great location to discover and access the shores of Lake Erie The facility offers tenting…

Eagles Rest B&B

  • 140 Brayside Street
  • 1 (519) 670-2894

Eagles Rest is located on Port Stanleys East Coast, just a 10 minute walk down to Little Beach. This B&B features 3 rooms, each with their own bathroom, and…

Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast

  • 22 Erieus Street
  • +15198744644

Located minutes by foot from the beach, Grey Gables is a meticulously restored heritage home. Enjoy the village atmosphere, visit the historic lighthouse and…

Inn On the Harbour & Little Inn

  • 202 Main Street
  • +15197827623

Experience the relaxation of casual waterfront accommodation in Port Stanley. King beds, double jacuzzi, fireplaces and water views that will take your…

John E. Pearce Provincial Park

  • Lakeview Line
  • +15198744691

This 68 hectare park is a special place for leisurely walks to the lookout high atop the Lake Erie bluffs or a picnic in the quiet shade of the forest…

Kettle Creek Inn

  • 216 Joseph St.
  • +15197823388

The Inn’s Gazebo, set against stunning gardens designed by Elgin landscapers, offers summer dining with cool lake breezes. In the winter the English-style…

Kosecki Kottage

  • 21 Elizabeth Street

Welcome to Port Burwell, the quiet, hidden gem lakeside town to the warmest waters of the Great Lakes (Erie). The unit itself is a cute and cozy, fully…

Lake Whittaker Conservation Area

  • 5840 Whittaker Lane
  • 15192693592

Visit Lake Whittaker and enjoy some of the best rainbow trout, and smallmouth bass fishing in Middlesex County. This 26-acre spring fed lake provides a…

Nature Oasis Bed & Breakfast

  • 36116 Second Line
  • +15198081121

Our B&B features two rooms; "Nature's Dream" and a family suite, "Dreamer's Oasis." These rooms have great amenities that make it a place that you will want…

North Erie Marina & Trailer Park

  • 3344 Bank Street
  • +15197652010

A full service marina that takes pride in customer service. Whether you want to use a boat ramp for the day or reserve a dock for the whole season, they have…

Otter River Farms

  • 53688 McQuiggan Line
  • +15198744038

Come see Otter River Farms and experience life on the Big Otter valley. We have a great five-bedroom guest house, five rustic cabins, and wilderness camp…

Otter's Edge Estates

  • 4899 Plank Rd
  • +15198741232

Welcome to Otter’s Edge Estates! We offer a seasonal campground area which has 55 fully serviced sites located along the Big Otter Creek which runs…

Perto Da Praia

  • 19 Victoria Street

Perto Da Praia means "near the beach" and that's exactly where you can find this 3 bedroom, 1 bath cottage in Port Burwell, Ontario! We love everything this…

Port Burwell Provincial Park

  • 20 Pitt Street

Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Port Burwell, known as the “Jewel of Erie’s North Shore”. The Park is one of the best for witnessing spring…

Port Stanley Beach Hotel

  • 128 William Street
  • 12266584024

Overlooking Main Beach on the north shore of Lake Erie, the Port Stanley Beach Hotel offers relaxation along with indoor and outdoor licensed dining…

Red Oak Travel Park

  • 54428 Talbot Lane
  • 1-866-964-6936

The Red Oak Travel Park is your source for fun summer camping in Ontario! Capable of accommodating all kinds of tents and trailers, Red Oak Travel Park is…

Sand Hill Park

  • RR#2
  • +15195863891

Towering some 450 feet above the north shore of Lake Erie stands a mountain of sand, a phenomenon of nature. Surrounded by a shaded campground, 2,200 feet of…

Solitude Nature Reserve

  • 45388 Dexter Line
  • (519) 671-0199

Solitude is available for day use from dawn to dusk for walking on the trails within the woods or having a picnic lunch by the pond. It is also available for…

Springwater Conservation Area

  • 8079 Springwater Road
  • +15197739037

They offer a wide range of outdoor activities for the whole family - camping, fishing, swimming, picnics, special events, hiking through Springwater Forest…

Telegraph House

  • 205 Main Street
  • +15197823006

The Telegraph House Bed & Breakfast is a place where history meets hospitality. The heritage building is a beautifully decorated harbourfront inn with two…

Windjammer Inn

  • 324 Smith Street
  • 15197824173

On the beaches of Lake Erie rests the Windjammer Inn where to dine, is to taste a small piece of culinary heaven. Owner and chef Kim Saunders sources all of…