The Port Dover Harbour Museum has a pair of unique presentations lined up in celebration of May’s “Museum Month”. If you’re interested in the history of the Port Dover area and prohibition on the Great Lakes, be sure to join speakers John Ayre and Geoff Bowden as they present “The voyage of Dollier de Casson and Galinée 1669-1670” and “Bars, Booze, Bootleggers, and Blind Pigs” respectively.

The voyage of Dollier de Casson and Galinée 1669-1670

On May 7 (7 p.m.), author John Ayre will share the history of the journey of two Sulpician Priests and their seven soldier companions to Port Dover 350 years ago. Taken from Galinée’s journal and the map he created, the presentation will describe their expedition to the lands of the Seneca in upstate New York, their portage to the Grand River and their five months in Port Dover overwintering in solitude …until they were visited by the Iroquois! The story of their journey to lands where no European had ventured before and their return to Montréal was ultimately reported upon to the King of France and of New France, Louis XIV.

Bars, Booze, Bootleggers, and Blind Pigs

The second presentation will be an intoxicating look at prohibition in Canada. Historian Geoff Bowden is back to share how the Great Lakes became pathways for illegal distribution of alcohol in the 1920s. Even Lake Erie and the fishing boats of Port Dover played a role in getting alcohol across the border. Interspersed throughout the presentation will be surprising facts about how other Canadian cities were taking part in the illegal activity. Join in the fun May 24 (7 p.m.).


Admission is by donation and there is limited seating. To attend, please visit the Port Dover Harbour Museum (44 Harbour St., Port Dover). For more information, call 519-583-2660 or email