A life-sized reproduction of Canada’s beloved “Theodore Tugboat” will visit the shores of Norfolk County this week.
Theodore Too, a 65-foot vessel that spends summers visiting Ontario ports to promote sustainability and preservation of the Great Lakes will be in Port Dover from August 3 to 6.
A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Theodore will be stationed at the end of the Port Dover Pier where visitors of all ages are invited to stop by for a visit, chat with the crew, and take a picture with the iconic tug.
Mayor Kristal Chopp got an opportunity to greet the crew when Theodore visited Port Dover last September and is looking forward to the vessel’s return.
“I am beyond excited that one of our favourite guests will be returning to Port Dover,” said Norfolk County Mayor, Kristal Chopp. “Come and visit Theo, enjoy themed activities nearby, spend some time at the beach, do some local shopping, or indulge in one of the many restaurants Port Dover has to offer. Enjoy a weekend here and experience all Norfolk County has to offer.”
While in town, visitors are encouraged to stop by several County facilities for a variety of family-oriented activities.
The Port Dover Harbour Museum is located a short walk from Theodore’s docking spot, at 44 Harbour Street. It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering prepared kid-friendly activities such as a Theodore Too craft and scavenger hunt with prizes. Visitors can also learn about life on Lake Erie, the commercial fishing industry, and the history of Port Dover. Admission is by donation.
On August 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Recreation staff will be stationed outside of the museum, providing free activities such as face painting, colouring contest, water safety activities and more.
The Norfolk County Public Library – Port Dover Branch, located at 731 St. George St., welcomes guests to attend their Theodore Too family event on Saturday, August 6 at 10:30 a.m. Activities include crafts, science activities, stories and more. This event is for all ages.
To read more about Theodore Too, his schedule and mission, visit his website.