Port Stanley is located along the north shore of Lake Erie at the mouth of Kettle Creek. The village is linked by the King George VI lift bridge, one of the oldest lift bridges in Ontario. Port Stanley has a large sheltered harbour and was used as a route inland by early explorers and travellers. The harbour provided an excellent landing and camping spot. A settlement named Kettle Creek was founded in 1812 by Lieutenant-Colonel John Bostwick. In 1824, it was renamed Port Stanley after Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby.
It is interesting to note that Lord Stanley's second son, Frederick Arthur Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, would eventually become the sixth Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893. As Governor General he travelled extensively across Canada and while in British Columbia dedicated Stanley Park, which is named in his honour. In 1892 he donated the Stanley Cup which has become a national icon in the sport of ice hockey.
Port Stanley boasts some of the best beaches along the north shore of Lake Erie. Main Beach, a Blue Flag recipient, attracts thousands of beach-goers every year. Blue Flags are awarded to beaches and marinas that meet strict criteria for water quality, environmental education, environmental management, and safety and services. A pavilion, public change rooms and plenty of parking make it a popular summertime destination.
Little Beach, on the east side of Port Stanley is well protected and a great beach for young swimmers. Several more beaches are located along this stretch of shoreline and can be accessed by the public.
Hawk Cliff, just east of Port Stanley has been attracting visitors for decades who come to enjoy the fall migration of hawks, monarch butterflies and spectacular views of Lake Erie.
Port Stanley has many fine shops and restaurants and is also home to the historic Port Stanley Terminal Railway. Here visitors can board a refurbished authentic coach and take a trip through the Kettle Creek Valley from Port Stanley to St. Thomas using a portion of the former London & Port Stanley rail line.
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