Port Dover, Ontario

One of Ontario’s best kept secrets... beautiful lakeside Port Dover.

About an hour’s drive from Hamilton, two from Toronto and 45 minutes from Brantford, Port Dover offers a remarkable array of festivals, beautiful scenery and unique experiences. From surprisingly affordable family fun in the sun to sophisticated dining and acclaimed professional live theatre. Port Dover’s warmth, charm and unique history will excite your imagination... and capture your heart. One of a kind shops and boutiques. Heritage hotels and B&B’s. Sandy beaches and a romantic pier.  Fancy yachts and fishing tugs. Historical sites and world famous perch. You’ll leave brimming with great new memories. And find a dozen reasons to come back.

Port Dover. Surprising. Delightful. Affordable. And closer than you think.

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Port Dover beach ontario's south coast

The Poodle and the Leopard

A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa, taking her faithful, aged poodle named Cuddles along for the company. One day the poodle starts chasing butterflies and before long Cuddles discovers that she's lost. Wandering about, she notices a leopard heading rapidly in her direction with the intention of having lunch. The old poodle thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in trouble now!" Noticing some bones on the ground close by, she immediately settles down to chew on the bones with her back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the old poodle exclaims loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more around here?" Hearing this, the young leopard halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. "Whew!" says the leopard, "That was close! That old poodle nearly had me!" Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So off he goes, but the old poodle sees him heading after the leopard with great speed, and figures that something must be up. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. leopard and poodle joke The young leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!" The old poodle sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?", but instead of running, the dog sits down with her back to her attackers, pretending she hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old poodle says: "Where's that monkey? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard!"