Quite a lot has been happening in Port Stanley over the last couple of years and the future holds great promise for this exceptional harbour village on the north shore of Lake Erie. Some notable news items…
The 4th Annual Community Wide Sidewalk and Yard Sale
Once again the Port Stanley BIA is promoting a community wide yard and sidewalk sale. This years event will take place on Saturday May 25th. We are inviting homeowners who would like to host a yard sale to email us time and address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish the information on our website to help promote the day.
We will also let everyone know what special promotions will be available from the business community that day. It’s our hope that bargain hunters will come early for the yard sales and stay to enjoy the fabulous merchant specials that our businesses will host.
If you need to clear out some bargains, please choose May 25th for your yard sale day!
So far we know that Telegraph House will be having a BAKE SALE! Homemade Rhubarb Pie! Yum! Inn on The Harbour will have a table out and there will be yard sales at 4819 Sunset Road, Port Stanley, across from Gas Bar, 28 Little Creek Place (8am-noon) and 612 George St.
Dance at the DOC
The Port Stanley Village Association presents Dancing in the DOC on Saturday June 15th! This will be a country western barn style dance harbourside in Port Stanley. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased at The Village Square Coffee Shop or The Lake Erie Beacon offices.
The dance will feature teh 4 piece band Hey Loretta https://www.facebook.com/HeyLorettaBand
Wine and beer will be available and a midnight lunch will be served. Hopefully it will be a nice night and with the doors of the DOC open, dance beside the harbour under the stars!
All proceeds to support the great causes of the PSVA!
Well CANFEST is well under way for 2013! Our biggest NEW feature is Movie Nights on Little Beach. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and watch a movie under the stars on a large inflateable movie screen. The Dutton Lions will be on hand selling popcorn and other snacks too! Entry is by donation but please bring $5 a person to support the Port Stanley Volunteer Firefighters Association.
This year Port Stanley Canfest will be a joint venure of the Port Stanley Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Port Stanley Lions/Lioness. Please support them generously as they do such great things for our community.
In addition to the movies, Canfest will feature a cardboard boat race, boat parade, car show, Legion events, GTs beach stage, kids treasure hunt, fishing derby and much more!
Looking forward to a great festival in 2013! www.portstanleycanfest.ca
Harbourfest will take place in Port Stanley, Ontario from July 26-28th, 2013.
This year we are featuring Liana’s Ransom, The Challenge and The Fair Jeane. Cruises start at $50 and dock tours will be available. Please see Cruise Ship Schedule for information.
We will have a midway, beer tent and food vendors at the Berm which is located at the end of Main St., next to Little Beach.
On Saturday, July 27th, we have a great free evening of entertainment planned. The Beagles (Beatles Tribute Band) will start things off at 7:00 p.m. followed by Hotel California, an Eagles Tribute band from Toronto who will perform from 8:00p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Be sure to visit the other side of the bridge, where we will feature vendors in the Dominion of Canada Building and pony rides from Farmtown Canada in the parking lot.
If you are coming from out of town, be sure to book your accommodations at the Kettle Creek Inn , Inn on the Harbour and The Windjammer Inn. Enjoy some great dining at The Windjammer Inn or the Wharf Restaurant.
While you are here, enjoy the many businesses Port Stanley has to offer and treat yourself to a coffee at Coffee House, where the coffee is great and the smiles are free.
Harbourfest has something for everyone. Full details will be updated at www.portstanleyharbourfest.com , can’t wait to see you there!
CANADIAN AIR FORCE SHOW – SMOKE ON THE WATER – RETURNING TO PORT STANLEY, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
WOW! Plans are well underway to bring the world-famous Canadian Air Force back to Port Stanley on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 10th, 2014. Every year, the air force participates in numerous air shows and ground displays around the country, entertaining and educating hundreds and thousands of Canadians. These opportunities allow Canadians a first hand look at the equipment, training and specialized skills of the men and women of the Canadian air force.
Air displays range from small town fairs to international air shows, opening ceremonies for major sporting events as well as Canada Day on Parliament Hill. The Canadian International Air Show, held in Toronto every year on Labour Day weekend, draws crowds over one million.
At air shows at military bases and other venues, crews demonstrate their precision flying skills by performing air to air combat maneuvers, rappellinng from helicopters and parachuting from low-flying planes – putting their skills and training to the test. Ground-bases static displays offer the public a chance to see the equipment close up and talk to the crews about life in the force. Click HERE for more information about the Canadian Air Force Shows.
NEW BIKE RACKS INSTALLED IN THE VILLAGE
A total of ten new bike racks at a cost of over $5,000 were generously donated to the village of Port Stanley by Shoreline Getaways, who own rental cottages in the village. They’re the brainstorm of manager, Merwan Hassan, an avid cyclist who realized that Port Stanley was lacking in bike racks for those who want to cycle and then leave their bikes safely nearby. Merwan worked with the BIA, PSVA, Central Elgin and Elgin County to design, build, paint and have the racks installed last week.
If you haven’t noticed our new bike racks yet, keep an eye out for the ‘Erie lake-water blue’ metal poles with the ‘ship’s wheel’ circle attached. The colour and design came from a desire to have a unique and nautical look to the racks and were installed at the Festival Theatre, The Roxy, Why Not Park and on Edith Cavell Boulevard at the municipal parking lot
This fall, Merwan had organized a bike tour along Dexter Line, with a perch dinner afterward at the Buccaneer, but the event had to be cancelled due to inclement weather. Undaunted, Merwan is planning another event in May, 2012, and is interested in talking to cyclists who want to participate or other individuals/businesses who may want to donate a rack. Merwan can be contacted at (519) 432–4442.
QUOTA THE FISH FLOATS AGAIN.
On Thursday morning , November 17, QUOTA the fish once again rose from the depths of obscurity and took her rightful place among the inhabitants of Port Stanley. Quota now proudly resides at the cairn atop the new sign recently installed at the intersection of Colborne, Main and Bridge streets and warmly welcomes all the guests, visitors and residents that arrive every day in our beautiful, harbour village (see picture below). A group of about a dozen people, including artists John Hoos and his daughter Helaine Hindley who refurbished Quota as well as media from the Lake Erie Beacon, the St. Thomas Times Journal and The Weekly News were there. Hats off to everyone, including the many volunteers, the Port Stanley Village Association, the BIA and Central Elgin staff for bringing Quota ‘back to the surface’.
For those of you interested in the history of Quota, it all began in 1995 when Teresa Kelly, a Director of the Port Stanley Business Association (PSBA) was approached by a visiting artist from Toronto. He showed her a photograph of a pickerel he had done for the village of Bancroft which ultimately led to an agreement that a similar fish would be a very appropriate symbol for the village of Port Stanley and its fishing industry. The PSBA partnered with the Port Stanley Fishermen’s Association and along with donations from private citizens, $3,000 was raised to pay for the fish’s construction. The work took approximately one month to complete and for those of you who remember, the original ‘finished’ fish was quite impressive in size and detail and lent an aura of ‘uniqueness’ to the village core.
A contest was held to name the mascot and over 500 entries were submitted. The winning entry ‘Quota’ was submitted by the Reeve of Port Stanley, Penny Tolmey, whose submission reflected the local turmoil caused by low fish stocks and fishing quotas being reached early in the season. There was much discussion about where to place ‘Quota’, and some time later, in the dead of night and unbeknownst to others, PSBA members, Yarmouth Metals and ‘unnamed others’ surreptitiously mounted the 10-foot, 150 pound fish on the Transport Canada sign in Glover Park. And there it stayed until 2010 when Glover Park was renewed and the mascot was removed due to its poor condition. Subsequently, many business owners and residents questioned the whereabouts and sought the return of ‘Quota’, which was stored in the Central Elgin municipal garage. In September 2011, the Port Stanley Business Improvement Area (PSBIA), the Port Stanley Village Association (PSVA) and several volunteers jointly organized a project to refurbish Quota and have it installed above the new PSBIA sign at Main and Bridge Streets. And on November 17, 2011, ‘Quota’ once again rose to the surface and in recognition of the significance of this event, is now listed on the LARGE CANADIAN ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS website.
PORT OF CLEVELAND OFFICIALS VISIT CENTRAL ELGIN TO CONTINUE CROSS-LAKE FERRY TALKS
Next step is to gauge interest from potential providers
“Officials from the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority met in Port Stanley last week with officials from the Municipality of Central Elgin and both sides agreed to begin gauging interest from ferry providers for a cross-lake ferry service. Port and Central Elgin officials will jointly issue a request for expression of interest in early July to ferry providers. That request will explain what both sides envision for a Cleveland-Port Stanley ferry service and require potential providers to answer a series of questions to determine their interest in the project and to collect suggestions for vessel types, project infrastructure, and the development process.” For the complete news release CLICK HERE.
A handsome new sign welcoming guests, visitors and residents to Port Stanley has been installed at the intersection of Colborne, Main and Bridge streets on the cairn. The sign (click on the photos below to enlarge them) identifies the new website where people can go to find all that Port Stanley has to offer.
RICHARDSON SELLS PORT STANLEY FACILITY TO MUNICIPALITY OF CENTRAL ELGIN (from a Central Elgin News Release – June 28, 2011)
“Richardson International announced today that it has sold its Port Stanley facility to the Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin. The Corporation of the Municipality of Central Elgin has acquired Port Stanley harbour from the federal government and is looking to redevelop the area for non-industrial uses. Today is another important step in achieving a new vision for the Port Stanley waterfront,” says Mayor Bill Walters. “The purchase of the Richardson property, combined with last year’s acquisition of Port Stanley Harbour, provides the Municipality with another important component in achieving the economic development opportunities and promise that a redeveloped waterfront offers Central Elgin and the surrounding region.” For the complete CE news release article CLICK HERE.
BLUE FLAG FOR PORT STANLEY MAIN BEACH
(news release June 7, 2011 – Municipality of Central Elgin – CE News)
“Port Stanley Main Beach in Central Elgin was again awarded Blue Flag status for 2011. Central Elgin earned this international beach quality standard for the first time in 2010. Port Stanley Main Beach remains the only Canadian beach on Lake Erie to achieve Blue Flag status.
The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict international criteria, including water quality, safety and environmental practices. The Blue Flag was awarded to Central Elgin by Environmental Defence, the organization that administers the international Blue Flag program in Canada.” Click HERE to view the Blue Flag profile of Port Stanley’s Main Beach in Central Elgin.
Perhaps the biggest development has been the recent divestiture of the Port Stanley harbour from Transport Canada to the Municipality of Central Elgin. Over the next several years, the Municipality and concerned citizens and citizen groups (e.g., the Port Stanley Village Association and Port Stanley Business Improvement Area) will be working hard to develop the harbour area while retaining the character and charm that so well defines Port Stanley.
HERITAGE CONSERVATION DISTRICT
Consideration is being given to developing and submitting a proposal to the Municipality of Central Elgin to conduct studies into designating part of Port Stanley a Heritage Conservation District (HCD). The intent of the proposal is to develop some basic architectural guidelines in the area bounded by the BIA and the recently divested harbour area in order to ensure the village retains its essential charm. The process depends on support and approval from the community at large at several stages in order to succeed. For more information about HCD and Port Stanley, please visit the Heritage Port site at: http://www.portstanleyheritage.com/index.htm
HCD Update (June 22, 2011) – as reported in ‘CE News’, at the June meetings of the Municipality of Central Elgin. At the June 20th Council meeting, a presentation was made by representatives of Heritage Central Elgin, the Port Stanley Business Improvement Area (BIA) and the Port Stanley Village Association (PSVA) supporting the creation of a heritage conservation district in Port Stanley. Council directed that a staff report be prepared to estimate the cost of establishing a heritage conservation district as well as a proposed terms of reference which will address both heritage preservation and urban design standards.
FERRY COMING TO PORT STANLEY?
There have been recent talks between representatives of the Port of Cleveland and the Municipality of Central Elgin about establishing a ferry service between Cleveland and Port Stanley. It’s intended that the service, if it comes to pass, would be geared towards tourism by carrying people, bikes, motorcycles, cars and perhaps a couple of tourist buses back and forth across Lake Erie. The City of Cleveland is home to the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame (housed in a beautiful, 90 million dollar building), the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball and Cleveland Browns National Football League teams, and boasts the second most active theatre and live arts scene in North America. In return, Port Stanley offers a beautiful beach, boutique shopping and excellent restaurants and can act as a gateway to and from all of southern Ontario for the many Canadians and Americans living around the shores of Lake Erie and beyond. It’s estimated that the ferry crossing and customs clearance would take about the same time as it would to drive from Cleveland to Port; however, the adventure and romance of a cross-lake ferry ride would, without a doubt, be worth the trip itself.
Ferry Update (May 30, 2011) – as reported in ‘CE News’, at the May meeting of the Central Elgin Council, the PORT STANLEY – CLEVELAND CROSS-LAKE FERRY Ferry document was approved. CE News stated that; “A memorandum of understanding with the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority was approved by Council. The document expresses the Municipality’s willingness to work exclusively with the Port Authority to explore the feasibility of a cross lake ferry. Central Elgin will also participate in a Request for Proposal for ferry service providers to be issued by the Port Authority in the summer.”
If you’re interested in finding out more about what’s happening in our ‘local’ scene, please refer to the following sources:
For upcoming events, visit the Port Stanley Events Calendar at: http://www.portstanley.net/upcoming-events
Visit the Port Stanley Village Association (PSVA) website at: http://www.psva.ca/PSVA.ca/Welcome.html
For local on-line news visit Portstanleynews.com the world’s first proportional viewing news web site at: http://www.portstanleynews.com/
The Lake Erie Beacon – a bi-weekly newspaper with a circulation of about 7000, located in Port Stanley (519.782.4563) reporting on news on the north shore of Lake Erie
The Municipality of Central Elgin website at: http://www.centralelgin.org/siteengine/activepage.asp
The County of Elgin at: http://www.elgincounty.ca/ElginCounty/default.php