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"Motorcycle Haven every Friday the 13th" Port Dover Things to Do Tip by travelgirl3

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If you live anywhere within 100 miles of Port Dover, you know about this phenomenon. Every Friday the 13th, regardless of the season, motorcycle riders from all over flock to Port Dover. It is THE place to go if you have a bike. The event, which started in 1981 by a local biker arranging a get together with some of his buddies, has now become Canada’s largest motorcycle gathering.

The visitors are mostly your average motorcycle officianado, but there will also be many ‘bikers’ there too. The atmosphere is friendly, and rarely gets out of control, even though there are typically around 120,000 visitors on any given 13th. If you plan on staying overnight, you’ll need to arrive Thursday to secure a campsite or motel room. And if you arrive by car, you’ll be forced to park outside of town, and take the shuttle bus.

In a town with a population of around 5,000, this one day is a substantial money-maker. The locals spend much time in advance of the influx of visitors, preparing food and beverages, and arranging for thousands of port-a-potties (as you can imagine!)

Directions: Southwest of Hamilton, on the north shore of Lake Erie

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  • Written May 13, 2005
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