|Yacht club Profile: Port Dover Yacht Club|
Port Dover is a gem on the north shore of Lake Erie in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada. The town is well-established and home to a commercial fishing fleet, with plenty of commercial and recreational boats that keep the harbor busy in the summer.
The Port Dover Yacht Club (PDYC) has a long history that began in the late 1930s, when it became housed in an old church that had been moved to the current location. PDYC became a chartered club in 1945. Over the years, there were additions to the building and the property as the yacht club gradually developed.
Facilities at the yacht club include showers, a guest galley, a bar and an ice machine. Fuel and pump-out are available at the city marina. For guests, there is 30-amp electrical and water at the docks, and a guest wall in front of the club. There are also many barbecues, and WiFi for Internet service.
Visiting the club is a bit tricky. First, you must travel up a tributary of the Lynn River, past the lift bridge that rises to allow passage every half-hour during the summer, through water that is between eight- and 10-feet deep.
During the boating season, the club hosts many activities, such as Wednesday night dinners and racing, an extensive Ontario Sailing certified Learn-to-Sail program for adults and teens, perch dinners and steak barbecues. Port Dover is also a stop on the annual international Lake Erie Interclub Cruise. The club bar is open from Wednesday to Saturday.
Two blocks away from PDYC is the town of Port Dover, where groceries, boating supplies, a boat-repair shop, fine dining and clothing can be found. The town of Port Dover also hosts many events all summer long, including Art in the Park, Lighthouse Theatre, Friday the 13th Biker Weekends, Fisherman’s Weekend, Canada Day celebrations and parade, antique car shows and outdoor patios. There is also the Port Dover Harbour Museum on the river, and many boutiques and areas of interest to explore.