Port Stanley Ontario Summer

Things to do in Port Stanley Ontario in Summer

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There is something magical about a little fishing village, with all its shops, restaurants, inns and of course its great beach that makes me very happy. Small towns in Ontario always have great little ice cream shops, fabulous restaurant finds, cute family-run inns and hotels and make the perfect location for a summer road trip. So in this post, I have a list of things to do in Port Stanley Ontario during summer.

Sharon sitting on waterfront looking at fishing village Port Stanley Ontario Elgin County

Summer in Port Stanley Ontario

The first time I visited Port Stanley, it was in the heart of a cold and brutal winter and during a blizzard. It was a quiet, sleeping fishing village with a few open shops, some great restaurants and the perfect cozy little winter escape. See my post “Winter Escape in the Sleepy Fishing Village” here. When I left that winter, I knew I had to come back to see it awake and alive during the summer months.

flags overlooking the harbour in Port Stanley Ontario in summer

Things to Do in Port Stanley Region

The first thing you need to know about the Port Stanley area is that Monday is their sleep day. Many shops and activities are not open, and it may limit the things you want to do and see. I tend to embrace mid-week travel because it is less crowded, and often, hotels have more affordable rates during this time. However, Monday is not an ideal choice.

Port Stanley theatre from street

Port Stanley Theatre

There have been a lot of changes at the theatre as they work through a significant renovation. The new seats and theatre modifications have been completed, and they are now working on a lovely reception room where guests can enjoy a breathtaking view of the waterfront during intermissions.

The Port Stanley Theatre is a truly local experience as they feature only Canadian screenplays and actors. There are 202 seats in this theatre, with five shows each summer that runs from May through September.

People playing volleyball on Port Stanley Beach

Hit the Beach

You can’t come to Port Stanley in the summer and not hit the beach. It is wide and long and situated on Lake Erie. There are plenty of fun summer activities available, including beach volleyball and plenty of space for long walks or hanging out with your friends and family.

Wine tasting at Quai du Vin Port Stanley Ontario

Take a Wine Tour at Quai du Vin

Just a few minutes drive from Port Stanley; you can take a ride into the country and stop by the Quai du Vin Estate Winery. I first visited the winery during a blizzard and came home with few bottles. This time, I met winemaker Jamie Quai for a tour of the winery and learned more about their wines.

Wine tasting at Quai du Vin Port Stanley Ontario

What I love most about this winery is their commitment to stay within their limits. A boutique winery that isn’t trying to bottle as many wines as they can or feature themselves in the LCBO, but a winery that loves wine and wants to make the best of its harvests each year.

people playing on Port Stanley Beach

Be sure to stop by the Village of Sparta after your wine tour which is 2 minutes drive and on the way back into Port Stanley. Sparta Candles has a great little gift show with their famous candles and fun souvenirs. There are also several other shops and galleries to browse through.

harbour view room at Inn on the Harbour Port Stanley ON

Where to Stay in Port Stanley

For this visit, we stayed at the Inn on the Harbour, which gave me this fantastic view of the waterfront from my hotel room. However, aside from the beautiful view and the great location, I was not completely satisfied with my room, or the hotel and would not recommend it to my readers based on my own experience.

Kettle Creek Inn Port Stanley Ontario

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Kettle Creek Inn, one of Ontario’s Finest Inns which does not have a waterfront view, but the rooms are fabulous, the hotel service is excellent, and you will enjoy your stay. For a full review of the Kettle Creek Inn see my post here.

lunch on the patio at Kettle Creek Inn Port Stanley Ontario

Where to Eat in Port Stanley

Lunch at Kettle Creek Inn

I had a great stay at the Kettle Creek Inn during my winter adventure but didn’t get a chance to eat in their restaurant. This time, I enjoyed a lovely summer lunch on their patio. Huddled under the shade of the gazebo we had a beautiful summer lunch.

lunch on the patio at Kettle Creek Inn Port Stanley Ontario

Patio fun at GT bar in Port Stanley Ontario

GT’s Beach Bar and Grill

Two words: patio and beach. Top it off with great staff and great food, and you have the casual beach dining experience at GT’s Beach Bar and Grill. I had such a great dinner on the beach. I will be featuring the restaurant in an upcoming post as well.

delish food tray at New New Age Store in Port Stanley

The New New Age

This new local hot spot is a farm-to-table eatery and artisan market. Filled with everything new age its owners Katie and Stephen source all the ingredients from their local farm and serve some pretty fantastic charcuterie boards and other amazing nibbles. I have so much to say about the New New Age that I will be featuring it in an upcoming post.

broderick's ice cream shop in port stanley ontario

Broderick’s Ice Cream Parlor

How can I visit a small beach town in Ontario during the summer and not investigate the local ice cream shop? Broderick’s has that old time 50’s ice cream shop feel that I can’t resist.

summer treats at Broderics Ice Cream parlour in Port Stanley Ontario

With the smell of fresh waffles pulling me in from the street, I made my way in for a post-dinner treat. There are more than 30 flavours of ice cream to choose from, and of course, milkshakes and ice cream floats are also on the menu.

Boats in marina in Port Stanley Ontario

Travel assistance provided by Elgin County Tourism and Ontario’s Southwest on a media press trip, however, as always the opinions in this post are my own.

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