Port Dalhousie, Ontario

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The historic lighthouse and pier
Port Dalhousie, in relation to other nearby lakeports.

Port Dalhousie /dəˈlzi/ is a community in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. It is known for its waterfront appeal. It is also home to the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and is historically significant as the terminus for the first three (19th century) routes of the Welland Canal, built in 1820, 1845 and 1889.[1]


The city's most popular beach, on the shore of Lake Ontario, is located in Port Dalhousie at historic Lakeside Park. Popular activities that take place at the beach are stand up paddle boarding, swimming, kayaking & beach volleyball. The park is home to the Lakeside Park Carousel which was carved by Charles I. D. Looff in 1905 and brought to St. Catharines in 1921. It continues to provide amusement for young and old alike, at just 5 cents a ride. The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, on Martindale Pond, has been happening for "almost 100 years".[2]


Port Dalhousie is named for George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie, Governor General of British North America. Dalhousie also gave his name to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and to the town of Dalhousie, New Brunswick.

Dalhousie pronounced his name 'dal-HOW-zee' during his time. All of his namesakes carry this pronunciation except Port Dalhousie, and Dalhousie Street in Brantford, Ontario, which are pronounced 'duh-LOO-zee'. It is said that this is a result of the accent of the Scottish sailors and shipbuilders who frequented the Port's establishments (Dalhousie, himself a Scot, used the more upper class English-sounding pronunciation).




  1. ^ St. Catharines Archived 2014-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ St.Catharines Archived 2014-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Port Dalhousie". Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010 (in English and French). Environment Canada. Retrieved April 3, 2016.

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Coordinates: 43°12′06.76″N 79°16′05.00″W / 43.2018778°N 79.2680556°W / 43.2018778; -79.2680556