Exploring the beach town of Port Stanley

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The big beach at Port Stanley
So on Victoria Day, I was lucky to be off work, I decided that I would venture out and enjoy the day but what is there really to do during a holiday?  Well, being that it was a scorching, hot summer day what better thing to do then go to a beach town.  Port Stanley is approximately 25 miles (40km) south of London, Ontario.  For me, it took me about a 20-minute drive or so, maybe even less. Port Stanley lies on the north side of Lake Erie and is the largest, northern inland federal port and also has the oldest lift bridge in Ontario (King George VI lift bridge).  Other activities in this area include; live theater, scenic train ride, shopping in small unique boutiques and of course, boat marinas restaurants with patio off the beach! Once we arrived at Port, our first goal was to try and find parking around the beach area.
Various sports played at the beach
  I am not sure if it was because of the resent heat wave, or that it was a long weekend; however, this task turned out to be quite a difficult one.  After10-15 minutes or so, we finally found an area to park and headed to our first stop, the GT's restaurant/patio on the beach for lunch.  The lunch itself was really unremarkable.  By the time we finished eating though, the population of the beach doubled.  After a nice discussion with my friend and lunch, we decided to walk on the boardwalk of the beach and enjoy the scenery.  It is quite pretty at this port.  Even though I do not live close to the ocean, when I visit Port Stanley, I can easily fool myself.  The Great Lake view seems to never ending and it is great to walk across the white sandy beaches.
board walk throughout the beach
Once we were done at the beach, we decided to walk the small shopping area of Port Stanley.  There are definitely some cute and unique boutiques around; however, it does not take long to see most if not all of them.  The shopping areas are along Bridge street, Main road, prospect and East road.  During or walk we stumbled upon an opened information centre on Bridge Street.  We decided to go in because I had heard of a nice cliff area that was around Port Stanley; however, I was unsure of how to get there. Inside the information centre, there is a cute shop that sold many unique articles.  The staffs themselves were extremely pleasant and helpful for assisting me in finding the area that I was looking for; which apparently was called Hawks cliffe.  What I found weird though, was the fact that she said there really isn't that much signs indicating its location.
View of the small cliffs at the distance
  I wondered why a nice little area, such a cliff with great views of Lake Erie would not clearly posted so that all people could enjoy the views.  That being said, we made our way out to the Cliff. Finding Hawks cliff was no trouble at all, I think it ended up being less then 10 minutes away from the main beach area.  The sales woman was quite right when she said that there was not obvious posting of the area.  If we were not told which street to turn down, we would have never found it.  The only indication that you are on the right road is that the street name itself is named Hawks Cliff; which is off Dexter's line. The views itself were great, well that is if you are not first turned off by the fact that as you first approach the cliff, there is a little bit of a collection of garbage when you look down.
Trying to get a scenery pic, but too many people around. :o)
  That being said, if you focus more on the view and proceed along a small path leading away from the main area, it is definitely a must she in my books if you happen to be in the area. The view itself was beautiful!  Also, within the cliff itself and its sandy areas, there is a bunch of holes in it.  As you focus on the view and go further in the path you become aware of a ton of birds.  These birds primarily stay closed to the cliffs and seemed to playing take or something.  It was actually quite amusing to watch them fly after each other.  They also at times quickly flew through ride into the cliff!  I tried unsuccessfully to get a picture of that action.  Thinking of it now, I should have video take it instead. Along the path itself offers bushy area with some trees to the one side.
the beach
  The other side offers a plowed farmers field!  I wonder if it was private property that we were walking on.  Either way, we did not see any sign indicating private property.  We also came across deer footprints along the path. Overall, my visit to Port Stanley was great.  I got to spend some time with my friend enjoying the sun, doing a little shopping and getting to experience nature's beauty.  What more could you ask for?
mk92uk says:
Not gonna give away my special place :-) but Port Stanley, on a cool March day, so serene and tranquil. I was fortunate. The weather was clear and even though for a slack jawed UK ite, the ice on the water looked like a gargantuan glacier (a few small spots was all but I am an Englishman abroad!) it was warm enough to be comfortable, cool enough to tingle.
Summer looks an amazing time there. But to be able to wander in the glass/picture shop (lovely fella running it), to the massive seafood platter I failed miserably with the solitude was wonderful. I will return to stand on that beach. And it will probably be March 27th 2012 at 11am. Can't wait. :-)
Posted on: Sep 24, 2011
GFglobetrotter says:
I love Port Stanley! It is the exact opposite of bustling NYC. You are right that you can easily fool yourself into thinking it is the ocean, especially when the lake gets a little bit wavey. Great write-up.
Posted on: Jul 12, 2011
Amrisalem says:
thanks kim for sharing this blog with us
Posted on: Jan 28, 2011
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The big beach at Port Stanley
The big beach at Port Stanley
Various sports played at the beach
Various sports played at the beach
board walk throughout the beach
board walk throughout the beach
View of the small cliffs at the di…
View of the small cliffs at the d…
Trying to get a scenery pic, but t…
Trying to get a scenery pic, but …
the beach
the beach
up close to the water
up close to the water
Never ending view
Never ending view
View of the rocky area that leaded…
View of the rocky area that leade…
Watch tower
Watch tower
Port area entrance
Port area entrance
Pretty personal garden at at hou…
Pretty "personal" garden at at ho…
Someone really enjoys there yard! …
Someone really enjoys there yard!…
Same yard, but in the back with mo…
Same yard, but in the back with m…
Shot of a painting that was on the…
Shot of a painting that was on th…
View of the Port
View of the Port
Small garden just after the bridge
Small garden just after the bridge
Different shot attaching the bridg…
Different shot attaching the brid…
View of the Port
View of the Port
Approaching sailboat in the Port
Approaching sailboat in the Port
The oldest Port bridge in Ontario
The oldest Port bridge in Ontario
Close up of the rocky area around …
Close up of the rocky area around…
The Port with a restaurant in the …
The Port with a restaurant in the…
Picture of the information center
Picture of the information center
Map of Port Stanley
Map of Port Stanley
Pretty flowers outside a boutique
Pretty flowers outside a boutique
Information about an old house
Information about an old house
Telegraph House
Telegraph House
The bridge
The bridge
Bridge opening for a boat
Bridge opening for a boat
Information about the railway
Information about the railway
Train starts in Port Stanley and g…
Train starts in Port Stanley and …
Cute area within the train station.
Cute area within the train station.
Hawks Cliff main entrance area
Hawk's Cliff main entrance area
Hawks Cliff
Hawk's Cliff
Hawks Cliff
Hawk's Cliff
Hawks Cliff
Hawk's Cliff
Hawks Cliff
Hawk's Cliff
Hawks Cliff
Hawk's Cliff
Hawks Cliff
Hawk's Cliff
Looking down in Hawks Cliff
Looking down in Hawk's Cliff
Hawks Cliff, the little black hol…
Hawk's Cliff, the little black ho…
Hawks Cliff looking down at the w…
Hawk's Cliff looking down at the …
Close up of the little holes that …
Close up of the little holes that…
Hawks Cliff
Hawk's Cliff
Port Stanley Sights & Attractions review
The main beach
The beach area at Port Stanley is usually busy most weekends. I cannot remark about during the week because I have yet to get there during the week. … read entire review
Port Stanley
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