If you’re looking for a nice strip of beach not too far away from the old hammer then head to the little oasis of Port Dalhousie. Just outside of St. Catharines proper is this beauty of a lakeside park. With its whispering silver poplar trees and long sandy banks perfect for wading you could spend a day lounging and picnicking. We went before school was out, so the beach was quiet and calm. People were busting out their picnics for dinner, and firing up their hibachis for hotdog roasting and bbq’d burgers.
I would definitely come back here for a day to enjoy the sun and sand. There’s ice-cream shops, pubs and patios all before you hit the beach, as well as, an old school carousel from the early 1900′s that charges only 5 cents a ride!
Truth be known Lakeside Park and Port Dalhousie were not on my radar of places to visit. Steve on the other hand, being a huge Rush fan, had secretly known about this park and had suggested we go. According to Steve, Neil Peart drummer of Rush, had grown up in Port Dalhousie and had written the lyrics of song Lakeside Park specifically about the park in Port Dalhousie.
Midway hawkers calling “Try your luck with me;” Merry-go-round wheezing The same old melody A thousand ten cent wonders Who could ask for more A pocketful full of silver The key to heaven’s door
Lakeside Park Willows in the breeze Lakeside Park So many memories Laughing rides Midway lights Shining stars on summer nights
Days of barefoot freedom Racing with the waves Nights of starlit secrets Crackling driftwood flames Drinking by the lighthouse Smoking on the pier Still we saw the magic Was fading every year
Everyone would gather On the twenty-fourth of May Sitting in the sand To watch the fireworks display. Dancing fires on the beach, Singing songs together… Though it’s just a memory, Some memories last forever.