Port Dalhousie, ON

Lat: 43° 12.531   Long: 79° 15.679

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: City
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: CHS 2044, 2077
  • Customs: No
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code905
Police(905) 688-4111
Hospital(905) 378-4647
Pharmacy(905) 935-2273


Harbor Distance (nm) Harbor Distance (nm)
Hamilton, ON 30 W Wilson, NY 24 E
Port Credit, ON 27 NW Oak Orchard, NY 42 E
Toronto, ON 30 N Oswego, NY 140 E
Kingston, ON 156 E Sackets Harbor 160 E


Long before the arrival of the European settlers, the site of present-day Port Dalhousie was part of the territory of the Neutral Indians. Settlement began following the American Revolution and a number of United Empire Loyalists took up land grants from the British government. A small settlement began at the mouth of 12 Mile Creek in the years following the War of 1812.

In 1825, the first Welland Canal was begun and the settlement, now named Port Dalhousie after the Governor General of British North America, began to grow into a prosperous village. Upon completion of the canal, the village took on new importance. As traffic on the canal increased, a 2nd and then a 3rd canal route had to be constructed to meet the increasing demand.

By the 1880's, the northern terminus of the Welland Canal had shifted to the east, its present location today. Despite this, Port Dalhousie continued to flourish, serving for many years as the southern terminus of cross-lake passenger traffic from Toronto. Port Dalhousie became a popular tourist destination, a role it plays to this day as part of the larger city of St. Catherines.


The approaches to the harbour at Port Dalhousie are clear. The harbour is entered via a 770 yard/702 m channel between 2 breakwaters that run north-south. There is an ISO WHITE light on the northern end of the east breakwall. The marina is outside the harbour on the east side of the east breakwater. The Port Dalhouswie Yacht Club is inside the harbour.


Port Dalhousie Pier Marina   (905) 645-5515  VHF 68
Port Dalhousie Pier Marina lies on the east side of the east breakwater. The basin is a rough rectangle bounded by the south shore and breakwaters on the other 3 sides. The entrance is in on the east side of the north east corner. The entrance is marked with a Fl RED light. The marina has over 400 slips with nearly 100 available for transient sailors. There is no fuel dock but there is a pumpout station. Water and power are available. There are washrooms and showers. Other amenities include a well-stocked chandlery and a popular restaurant/bar.

Port Dalhousie Yacht Club   (905) 934-8225  VHF 68
PDYC is located inside the harbour. As you clear the entrance channel, bear to starboard to enter the club's basin. The club has about 100 slips with a number available for transient sailors. They also have docking along the outside of their east breakwater wall.

There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available. There are washrooms, showers and laundry facilites available in the clubhouse. The club has a restaurant and outdoor patio. There are BBQ grills and picnic areas.


There are no repair or maintenance facilities in Port Dalhousie for recreational vessels.

Metro supermarket is located about 1.5 mi/2.5 km from the marina.

TD Bank has a full servide branch with ATM service about 1 mi/1.6 km from the marina.


Niagara Health Systems St Catherine's Site (905) 378-4647 is located about 5 mi/8.5km from the marina.

Neighbourhood Pharmacy (905) 935-2273 is located about 1.6 mi/2.3 km from the marina.


Pier 61 Bar and Grill is located in the harbour, west of the Port Dalhousie Yacht Club. It offers regular Canadian restaurant fare, has live music and you can enjoy the views from the terrace. In town, there are several restaurants to try such as the Kilt & Clover, Acqua Restarant & Bar and the nautical-themed Murphy's Restaurant and Harbourfront Inn. If breakfast is your thing, by all means, drop in to Rozie's Breakfast Cafe.


Nearby St. Catherines offers all of the amenities of a medium sized (100,000) city. Around the harbour, there are picnic areas, beaches to enjoy and boardwalks to stroll. Lakeside Park is home to an antique carousel which was carved by Charles I. D. Looff in 1905 and arrived in St. Catharines in 1921. It still operates, providing hours of pleasure for all ages, at just 5 cents a ride!

The Port Dalhousie tourism site will give you an idea of lots more things to do and see while visiting the area.

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