Port Burwell

Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Port Burwell, known as the “Jewel of Erie’s North Shore”, really knows how to live it up! Home to Port Burwell Provincial Park, a Marine Museum and historic Lighthouse, two marinas, a BLUE FLAG designated main beach, Port Burwell really is a gem. The village is located half way between Detroit and Buffalo at the mouth of the Big Otter Creek. The permanent population of Port Burwell is just over 1,000 and the village is pleasantly quiet during the off-season. Popular events like the famous Edison Fest, Port Burwell Tub Daze and the Straffordville Watermelon Fest offer tons of family fun in the area.

The Marine Museum & Lighthouse 

Port Burwell Marine Museum The Port Burwell Lighthouse was constructed in the 1840’s and is one of the oldest and most historic marine sites on Lake Erie. The lighthouse was restored in 1986 by a team of Mennonite craftsman from the Aylmer area, and currently is a popular tourist attraction and is home to the tourist information centre. For the adventurous type, take your turn in climbing to the top of the lighthouse for an unforgettable panoramic view of the village and harbour front. THE LIGHTHOUSE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REPAIRS

The museum is directly across from the lighthouse.  Port Burwell's rich marine and local history comes to life through displays featuring lighthouse lenses, artifacts recovered from Lake Erie shipwrecks, ship models, and an assortment of artifacts and photographs. Check out the various anchors, foghorns, and other nautical items displayed. Watch the restoration of the Wheelhouse located in front of the museum.  The museum and lighthouse are open daily from Victoria Day Weekend through to Labour Day.  Special exhibits and children’s activities are held throughout the summer months.  You can take part in these activities by calling the museum directly for details, costs and registrations.  Off-season Tours may be available by calling the Municipal Office at 519-866-5521


Port Burwell Marine Museum and Historic Lighthouse
20 Pitt Street, Port Burwell, Ontario
519-874-4807 or off season 519-866-5521

Port Burwell Provincial Park

The Port Burwell Provincial Park in Canada's "Deep South" is one of the best for witnessing spring migrations of songbirds and fall migrations of raptors, monarch butterflies, blue jays, and dragonflies. Steep bluffs shelter stands of oak and maple. Between bluffs and warm water's edge are ribbons of dunes, beach savanna, and meadow. Port Burwell Provincial Park offers hiking trails, campgrounds with all the amenities, a day use beach, playground equipment, a boat launch area and equipment rentals.

Port Burwell Provincial Park
Box 9, 9 Wilson Lane
Port Burwell, ON N0J 1T0
Port Burwell Provinical Park