Proceeding from East Jordan Harbor to Port Dalhousie. A sand each extends 2.4 miles to the east of Jordan Harbor. There is some landing for boats if weather conditions are fair. The remainder of the coast on this section of Lake Ontario tends to wooded clay bluffs of 30 to 50 feet high set back a bit from a narrow beach. There is a excellent sand beach to the west of the Port Dalhousie piers.
CAUTION an area of boulders and shoal waters lies along the westerly approach to Port Dalhousie 0.3 miles to the west of the piers with a depth of 5 feet extending 0.4 miles offshore.
Port Dalhousie Light (539_ is located close to the end of the east pier from a square wooden tower with a green upper portion. The west pier has a starboard day beacon on its outer end.
CAUTION the outer sections of the west pier may become awash or submerged in high water or storms. with 1999 lake levels this threat is somewhat reduced however caution should be exercised as the piers extend far into the lake in comparison to many Lake Ontario harbors. The harbor like many is subject to silting so depths may vary.
There is a large craft Anchorage Area off Port Dalhousie with depth from 40 to 115 feet and a mud bottom.
CURRENT CAUTION There is current here which varies depending on the year and date compiled which varies from 4.2 knots at the south end of the inner harbor to 1 knot near the end of the piers.
Port Dalhousie (43°12' :N, 79°16' :W is a suburb of St Catharines. Located 24 miles ESE of Hamilton Harbor and 9 miles WSW of the Niagara River. The town and harbor area to the west has been revitalized with both beer and liquor stores banks, laundromat, and specialty shops with a good selection of licensed restaurants. The public beach with its restored Lakesides Carousel lies to the west of the pier and is a wonderful park for kids.
Port Dalhousie is a CUSTOMS REPORTING STATION for pleasure craft.
Port Dalhousie Harbor is created by the sheltered basin at the outlet of Martindale Pond. You enter the harbor between two parallel piers 200 feet apart, which extend 0.3 miles into Lake Ontario, usable width is restricted along the outer 330 feet of the east pier where protective rocks surround the ends of the piers. On the east side of the east pier a boulder with height which varies from 13 to 15 feet projects 0.2 miles east forming a harbor for the marina. Landmarks are clearly the long piers and the Lincoln Fabrics Hosiery factory on the SW side of the harbor.
Lincoln Marina (5) is found in the protected basin at the SW corner with depth from 3 to 12 feet.
Dalhousie Yacht Club may be found at the south end of the east pier and is private except for reciprocating clubs. Depths vary from 6 to 13 feet with dockage, mooring, pump out and other facilities. For facilities please check the marina information at the bottom of the page.
Port Dalhousies history is blended with that of the Welland Canal. Starting in 1828 ships began to use the welland canal and a town grew up around what was then the north entrance to the Welland Canal. Port Dalhousie is named for the then Govener General of Canada the Earl of Dalhousie. In the early part of the century when the canal ran through Port Dalhousie it grew and flourished as a port. This was to come to ana end in 1032 when the new Welland Canal opened. For years Port Dalhousie slept with buildings and businesses deteriorating.
Today as with many lake front towns recreation and waterfront has renewed its life. There are many interesting restaurants and pubs to choose from along the streets.
For many years ago long before the current restoration of the old Welland Canal I loved to prowl the old route. Today this path is called the Merritt Trail and the old system has been restored as part of the Welland Canal Parkway with walking and bicycle trails. The old canal ran through the city of St Catharines which lies to the SE of Port Dalhousie having three locks along the way.
Dalhousie Yacht Club
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