Award-winning beaches and waterfront dining barely break the surface of the bustling Ontario beach town.

Bustling, energetic and friendly perfectly describes this classic harbor town that is home to award-winning beaches, beautiful lake views, waterfront dining, live entertainment and boutique shopping. The well-maintained Port Stanley Main Beach (ontariossouthwest.com/on-the-water/beaches/port-stanley) is typically busy during peak times, but the wide and expansive shoreline offers plenty of space for volleyball games, children’s playground equipment, relaxing in the sun and admiring the nearby Port Stanley Pier. 

For top-notch, fresh, local fare, try SoLo on Main (soloportstanley.com). Lifelong Port Stanley resident and chef Lauren “Lo” Vandixhoorn recommends the Sloppy Lo — fried chicken on a brioche bun with bacon onion jam, sharp cheddar, honey and arugula. 

Overnight visitors will fall in love with the old-world charm and elegance of the Inn on the Harbour (innontheharbour.net). All theme-decorated rooms and suites feature amenities such as double-Jacuzzis, fireplaces and large windows that boast stunning harbor views.

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