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Where is Port Dover


Beautiful Silver Lake

The Jewel of Port Dover

Silver Lake Arial View
Silver Lake arial view
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Silver Lake is the jewel of our holdings. Silver Lake had its beginnings when the first dam was constructed in 1856 by Andrew Thompson to support Norfolk Woollen Mill in Port Dover. The Lake was created by building what we now call Misner dam on the south end of the Lake below Ivey's Dam (which itself is designated as a heritage site). A significant part of Port Dover's history has been linked to Silver Lake. The 20 plus acres acquired in the early 90s, is the former Ivey green house property. Ivey's, supplied roses to much of the North American market, employing many in Port Dover over the years but fell victim to the monstrous inflation of the 80s. This acquisition has kept the Club busy. Much of the old facilities were torn down and turned into green space for the pleasure of our community. Some buildings were sold off to help defray the cost of the investment.
The big warehouse has been turned into a Farmers Market each Saturday, as well a large portion is being utilized for food service to hungry Market customers, or as a drop in centre where all can socialize, while enjoying a cup of free coffee. Other parts of the building serve the community in many ways. For years there is was a very active Rowing Club catering to youth and adults, with a gym. The Rowing Club has abandoned the location after Silver Lake was drained, and remains unrestored after many years. Line dancing, judo, art classes, Sunday Church Services and many more in our community make use of these facilities.
We have planted many trees, wild flowers and the public has populated the park with strategically located benches, a Herb Rogers pet project, to enhance the pleasure of our visitors. Some background about Silver Lake.

 

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Silver Lake Drained

Silver Lake has been drained to asses the damage to Misner dam, controlling the water level. Stripped naked of her natural beauty and elegance she awaits the engineering report that could decide her fate. The opportunity to dredge silt deposited over the years, while the soil is frozen, seems to have been missed but the time to tackel this critical issue is still not passed. Silver Lake has served the community well over the years, from being a source of ice in days of old and a source of irrigation to Ivey's greenhouses, to recreational pursuits; swimming, fishing, canoeing, hockey and the home of the Rowing Club, which has been instrumental in producing so many world class athletes. For her size she has provided well for this community. Silver Lake has become an essential part of this community as well as a source of pride to all who reside here.

 

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Perspective – Opposing view to Silver Lake restoration

Silver Lake Dam – Removing the logs from the dam.

 


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Lions Silver Lake Market

320 St. Patrick Street
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Our Silver Lake Farmers Market provides the local community and tourists access to locally produced food products: i.e. meat, baked goods, cheese, flowers, prepared food products, fruits and vegetables. The market, managed by Marty Forsyth and assisted by his wife Donna for many years, has evolved and grown to the point where it has become an indispensable community resource. Young and old, local and tourist look forward to the Saturday morning shopping experience. Fresh local farm products, lovingly prepared foods as well as seasonal specialties complemented by the social atmosphere of the food service, keeps the market humming 52 weeks a year.
Special occasions are celebrated in style. St. Patrick's day has seen large crowds enjoying the humour and smooth crooning of Tom Jordan and the choir from Knox Presbyterian Church entertains with Christmas Carols to enhance the holiday spirit.


Come and visit the special atmosphere at our market.

 

Defibrillator – donated to Lions Silver Lake Market.
Many Thanks for your thoughtful and generous donation.

 

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Marine Heritage Festival

Not a Lions event but Silver Lake Park serves as Military Encampment for the 1812 reenactors. The annual event seems to be growing both in size and popularity. Tents of all sizes and shapes, cooking fires and period costumes are the venue for the weekend.

Red-coated British regulars, Canadian Militia, Native allies and American invaders will all be encamped at Silver Lake Park along with Sutlers and historic merchants. Ongoing demonstrations and drills take place around the encampment along with full-fledged land battles Saturday and Sunday.

Some of the highlights are the 1812 naval and military encampments, in 2010 the (tall ship) Brigantine "St. Lawrence II" will be in port, there will be mock battles on land and sea, wooden boat exhibits and music, lots of music.

The "Battle on the Beach", canon fire and smoke, takes place Saturday on the beach and on the waters of Lake Erie.

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Building the Deck

Building a deck with wheelchair access, facilitating easy access to all parts of the building.

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Leos Projects

A playground and a Memorial Fountain, fronting on St. Patrick Street, were contributed by the industrious Port Dover LEOs (the youth branch of Lions).
The Fountain dedication November 13th 2015 were attended by our MP Diane Finley, MPP Toby Barrett and Councillor John Wells and of course many proud Lions, parents and members of our community. The Playground dedicated in August 2007 provides yougsters with healthy but fun exercise equipment.
A heartfelt thanks and congratulations to these young adults for their contributions to not only our community, but also their significant contribution to the global community.

 

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Paving Silver Lake Parking Lot

Finally the battle to fill the pot holes each spring is over. The parking lot is much safer. No puddles or potholes to dodge.

 

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After decades, known as the Green Building, a new coat to rejuvinate the old building has changed the complexion of the faded and worn exterior in 2016 to the current brown exterior.

 

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Boardroom Rebuild

As part of the never ending upgrade projects, the Board Room has been rebuilt to meet the current building code, with a kitchenette added. It certainly is brighter and more functional.

 

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Walt's Place Kitchen

From a simple idea by Walt Long, to enhance the shopping experience for our customers and a very simple menu as well as humble beginnings "Walt's Place" has grown into a beautiful facility and very much appreciated by our loyal customers. From not much more than a single table and a few chairs we have grown to accommodate nearly 100 and the place is often packed.
Come enjoy a great breakfast at reasonable prices or just drop in and chat with friends and neighbours. Coffee or Tea is on us.

 

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Picnic Pavilion

The latest addition to Silver Lake Park is the Picnic Pavilion. Lion Don Tomlinson and Wayne Roberts have been busy crossing all the ts and dotting all is. Initially the design had to be approved, plans drawn up and quotes obtained. Once the club approved the $60-80,000 expenditure; permits and final quotes were the order of the day, till the groundbreaking in mid May 2009. The pavilion will have many uses for our community, not the least of which is the huge stage section, facing the soccer field, to house the entertainment on Canada Day. Great progress on the construction project will allow our Canada Day celebrations 2009 to facilitate the enetertainment and initiate the Picnic Pavilion, even without the roof being completed.

 

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Silver Lake Utilization Schedule

Day

Group

Location

Time

Monday To Friday

GEDSB

Classroom

9 AM – 3 PM

 

 

 

 

Every Monday

Forever Fit

Upstairs

9 – 10 AM

Every Monday

Forever Fit Lisa Young 583-9216

Upstairs

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Every Monday

Health Centre Board

Boardroom

4 – 6 PM

Every Monday

P.D. Art Work Shop

Walt’s Place

1 – 4 PM

Every Monday

Tai Chi Steve Prettie

Upstairs

4 – 5 PM

Third (3rd) Monday

Community Policing

Classroom

6 – 10 PM

 

 

 

 

Every Tuesday

Val Smith-NEC 428-1549

Upstairs

9 – 10 AM

Every Tuesday

Norfolk Bridge

Walt’s Place

1 – 3 PM

Tuesday April May

Alzheimer’s Society 428-7771

Boardroom

2 – 3:30 PM

Every Tuesday

Karate

Upstairs

7 – 10 PM

First (1st) Tuesday

Support Group Karen 426-7830

Walt’s Place

7 – 9 PM

(1st & 3rd ) Tuesday

Lions Social Hour

Walt’s Place

5 – 7 PM

Second (2nd) Tuesday

Silver Lake Committee

Boardroom

6 – 10 PM

Fourth (4th) Tuesday

Lions Executive

Boardroom

6 – 10 PM

 

 

 

 

Second (2nd) Wednesday

CNIB

Boardroom

9 – 11 AM

First (1st) Wednesday

Alzheimer’s Society 905 768-4488

Boardroom

2 – 3:30 PM

Every Wednesday

Forever Fit

Upstairs

9 – 10 AM

Every Wednesday

Nikki Campbell

Upstairs

5 – 9 PM

Every Wednesday

Knitt Witts Ellen Vardy 428-7290

Boardroom

7 – 9 PM

Every Wednesday

Power Squadron Bill Jerry 456-5550

Boardroom

7 – 9 PM

Every Wednesday

Power Squadron Bill Jerry 456-5550

Classroom

7 – 9 PM

 

 

 

 

First (1st) Thursday

Horticultural Society

Walt’s Place

7 – 10 PM

Every Thursday

Val Smith-NEC 428-1549

Upstairs

9 – 10 AM

Every Thursday

Karate

Upstairs

7 – 10 PM

 

 

 

 

Every Friday

Forever Fit

Upstairs

9 – 10 AM

Every Friday

Probus Cards

Walt’s Place

7 – 10 PM

 

 

 

 

Every Saturday

Lions Kitchen & Farmers Market

Walt’s Place

6 AM – 1 PM

 

 

 

 



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