Friday the 13th is the Granddaddy of all motorcycle events in Ontario, and with the next one being smack dab in the middle of the Canadian riding reason, this is the one you can’t miss!
Registration for the attempt to break the record takes place at 9 am at the Indian motorcycle booth on Main Street.
Routes and Road Closures
For routes to get to and take after the main event, we highly recommend the CruiseTheCoast.ca website. They even have a Friday the 13th route. Getting into Port Dover and finding a spot to park is a different matter. Based on previous years, we expect the best routes in to be Highway 6 from Hamilton, Silver Lake Drive/County Road 5 from Brantford, and Highway 6 from Simcoe.
You can see last PD13’s road closures here. Main Street, Market Street, and Park Street in town are all closed.
Attendance and Where to Stay
The Kinsmen Park is open for camping and is the most popular option for camping for those coming in the night before or staying until Saturday. Camping is $20 per person, per night, with an additional $20 for people with trailers or RVs.
Typically the event sees over 100,000 riders in the thick of summer so be prepared to either get there early or wait in line. The locals do an incredible job of moving traffic through the city and making sure everyone has a spot to park their bike so they can enjoy the beach, and check out the pop-up shops and bikes lining the street. You can bet there will be no shortage of custom chrome.
FRiday the 13th, April 2018
While there was another Friday the 13th in 2018, it was a wee bit chillier. Still, it drew a good number of folks and proves that Canadian riders are a pretty hardy bunch. Check out these photos from April’s event.
There are two live cams available for the event. They don’t go live until closer to the event, so don’t be surprised if you click on them and they’re not live yet. They will be.
The local paper, the Port Dover Maple Leaf, also runs a live cam of Main Street here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/main-street-port-dover
Norfolk Tourism has a camera pointed at a different, less busy part of town and it's up now:
What Started Friday the 13th in Port Dover
There are all kinds of stories about how Friday the 13th got started, but the truth is that a fella named Chris Simons, a lifelong biker, and owner of a local bike shop, got together with 20 or so other biker friends at “The Commercial Hotel” (now known as Angelos) they had such a killer time that they agreed to meet every Friday the 13th from then on. This will be the 65th PD13 since that date. If you’re feeling inspired, you should start your own tradition with your riding buddies!
Friday the 13th Port Dover T-Shirts
“Been there, done that, got the t-shirt”—if you’re a biker, you know you have to get the t-shirt to prove you were there. This year, the Kinsmen club that helps get volunteers to set up everything around the event, has created a special 65th edition shirt.
This is The Year
It’s been a while since PD13 fell right in the height of summer, so you can rest assured this is going to be a big one. So if you have fear of missing out—don’t miss out! Hit the beach in Port Dover (and get the t-shirt too!).
This video of me trying out the Suzuki M109R gives you a good idea of what Dover is all about. See you there!