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Take a dipTurkey Point Beach (above), Long Point and Port Dover await you and your family. In this heat, you know you need a couple days away.We provide the lake and the sandy beach … you bring along your swimsuit and your beach towel!

Please note some special considerations if you’re planning on visiting the beach in Long Point.

Need a marina to launch your boat? Want to book a fishing charter or a jet ski? These businesses on the water will help you out.

Lavender Fests

Norfolk County’s lavender crop is celebrated this month at Purple Daze Lavender Farm Open House and Natural Living Festival (July 7-8) and Bonnieheath Lavender Fest (July 7-15)

Two weekends on the fringeThe next two weekends will be very interesting in Norfolk County. This Saturday (July 7), thousands of boats will congregate at Pottahawk Island, a sand bar in Long Point Bay. Ontario Provincial Police urge boaters and party-goers to be responsible. Check out the news story on CD 98.9 FM, our local radio station. Not an official event: browse the Pottahawk 2012 facebook page.Next Friday (the 13th), Port Dover will overflow with motorcycle enthusiasts at PD13. Tens of thousands are expected – perhaps the largest motorcycle rally ever. Join the Port Dover by Norfolk Tourism facebook page.

Fly Fisher's Companion

A humourous and heartfelt story about two lifelong friends who embark on one final fishing trip. Opens July 17 at Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover.

Family eventsSand Hill Park west of Long Point hosts the Happy Trails Country Hoedown and Jamboree on July 7-8.On the front lawn at the Old Town Hall in Waterford every Thursday night, enjoy music as part of the Summer Lawn Concert Series. Haldimand Norfolk Concert Band is scheduled for July 12.

The air-conditioned Strand Theatre is playing Spider Man this week for the kids … Ted, definitely for the older crowd.

It’s a few degrees cooler in the shade of the trees at Long Point Eco Adventures. If your kid hasn’t been on the zipline yet — you can make their summer by booking now!

Pioneer Life Day at Backus

Spend a day in the 19th Century at Pioneer Life Day at Backus Heritage Conservation Area on July 14.

Summer sipping…There’s nothing like a dry martini overlooking Lake Erie at Davids Restaurant in Port Dover, featuring one of the best views in Norfolk County.The new rose wine at Golden Leaf Estate Winery is great for sipping on your deck. The winery’s patio will be open later this summer. More about on Norfolk County wineries.

Have a beer on the beachside patio at the Beach House in Port Dover, featuring hospitality courtesy of the Knechtel family.

For a drink without alcohol, try one of the many sparkling apples ciders at The Cider Keg, on Hwy 24 south of Simcoe. Their new Blush Twist, featuring Norfolk County grapes, is very refreshing.

Or, slurp on a milk shake at Andy’s Drive-In or, further down Hwy 59, enjoy a cool drink at the Causeway Restaurant.

Local ice cream (from our neighbours in Haldimand County) is cold and yummy at Willie’s in Port Dover.

Go here for a list of all our restaurants.

Simcoe Friendship Fest

Looking ahead … from August 4 to 6, enjoy the Simcoe Rotary Friendship Festival and the Come Home to Simcoe Reunion (Aug 5) featuring a 12-hour Charity Fundraising Music Fest including Coast to Coast (above).

Support our farmersIt’s been a tough spring (killer frost) and a tough summer (too dry) for our farmers. Given that Norfolk County is a leading grower of many fruits and vegetables … this is a problem.But there still is lots of local produce in Norfolk County for you to buy… so please patronize our farm markets for the tastiest produce around.

Matz Fruit Barn

Cider Keg Farm Market

Blueberry Hill Estates

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Enjoy your trip and drive safe, whether you’re on land or on the lake.

– Your friends at Norfolk County Tourism & Economic Development


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