Resident Dash Pass FAQ


Welcome to Friday, March 13th, 2020.

An “off-season” event is planned for Friday, March 13, 2020!  While this day won’t be a large event – nothing like the summertime events – there will be bikers who make a visit to Port Dover.

A few vendors will be located in the Elmer Lewis Parkette on Main Street. Of course, all the restaurants and bars will be open to welcome visitors to town throughout the day and into the night.

There are no street closures planned and no special parking requirements are in place for March 2020 event. There is no organized camping planned.

Remember, Port Dover’s shops are filled with great shopping and everyone is invited to do a little browsing while they’re in town.

Welcome to Port Dover on Friday, March 13th… hope you enjoy your visit.

A new RESIDENT DASH PASS was issued for Port Dover residents in 2018.  It remains valid but not needed for the March 2020 event.

A Resident Dash Pass was sent to Port Dover residents with their water bills in May 2018. Although not needed for events in 2020, keep it in a safe place for next year. It remains valid until October 2023 so keep it handy (perhaps, the glove box of your car).


Getting a Resident Dash Pass — In Person

For new residents of Port Dover or if you did not receive a pass, Port Dover Board of Trade is setting up in Powell Park bandstand  at these times before the September 2019 event to provide residents with passes.

— Please bring ID (drivers’ license or tax bill, etc) showing your Port  Dover address.

— You will need to have adequate off-street parking for each pass

Getting a Resident Dash Pass — By Mail

The easiest way to get an additional Resident Pass is by attending one of the scheduled times listed above.

If none of those times work for you, you can request a Resident Pass by mail.

Simply click on link below; print out form; and mail to: Resident Pass, PO Box 1203, Port Dover N0A 1N0

online request for Pass form

Include a stamped, self-addressed return envelope with your request. Allow 10 days for processing.

No ID required for mailed requests but a Resident Pass will only be mailed back to a valid Port Dover address. Include your name and address; a telephone or email contact; the reason you need a Resident Pass mailed to you.


Even with a Resident Dash Pass, travel within Port Dover on Friday the 13th in September is expected to take much longer than usual because of higher traffic volume.

FOR MOTORCYCLES: Main Street will be open for parking north of Nelson Street. There is NO parking this year in the two downtown blocks of Main Street where vendors will now be located. There is NO centre line parking for this event… all bike parking will be curbside. There is parking on many side streets and in the Elmer Lewis Parking Lot downtown.

FOR OTHER VEHICLES NOT MOTORCYCLES: Entry into Port Dover will be restricted. All visiting vehicles will be directed to parking lots on the edge of town with shuttle service by bus to downtown.

All  local restaurants, bars and pubs across Port Dover are ready for you to visit and are planning to offer a warm welcome. Come to Port Dover on Friday, September 13th and enjoy the town’s hospitality.

For a new look, vendors will set up curbside in the two downtown blocks of Main Street with food vendors set up in and around Powell Park with shade trees and picnic tables. Be sure to see what is offered in all local stores and at the vendor locations.

Check out the live webcam of Main Street at all day Friday.

If you are looking for general info about Friday the 13th in Port Dover please check the other tabs above or visit

Map of street closures here  Oct 2017


“Resident Dash Pass” information for Port Dover residents on Friday the 13th…

General Questions….
What is Friday the 13th in Port Dover?

Friday the 13th in Port Dover is the largest motorcycle event in Canada. In good weather, thousands and thousands of bikes and bikers ride to Port Dover and tens of thousands of others visit Port Dover.

What is the “Resident Dash Pass”?

The “Resident Dash Pass” is a simple way to let Port Dover residents pass through police traffic controls on Friday the 13ths as quickly as possible.  Residents place the pass on their dashboard allowing police to move traffic more quickly. (Anyone riding a motorcycle doesn’t need a pass.)

Is this “Resident Dash Pass” different than the last one?

No. A new pass called the “Resident Dash Pass” was issued in 2018 and it is valid until 2023.  Older passes are no longer valid. The new ‘Resident Dash Pass’ sits on your dashboard rather than hanging from your mirror. But it works the same way… police can wave you through roadblocks more easily than requesting ID from every car and this helps keep traffic moving.

What if I lose or forget by Resident Dash Pass?

Your Drivers License showing a Port Dover home address inside the road blocks will allow you entry into Port Dover on Friday the 13th.

Did my old Resident Pass expire?

The current Resident Dash Pass was issued by Norfolk County with the May 2018 water bills for affected Port Dover residents and is good until 2023.

What day is the Resident Dash Pass needed?

Resident Dash Pass is used to help traffic flow on Friday the 13th only. No pass is needed to drive into town on Thursday the 12th or Saturday the 14th.

Where can I get a map of road closures in Port Dover?

The police always are concerned about safety and could close a street if that is required but a map of street closures for past events is at this link  >>   Oct2017

I run a business and need to get employees to work on Friday the 13th… what do I do?

A special BUSINESS DASH PASS is being issued. All vehicles with this pass will be able to enter Port Dover. Traffic is expected to be heavier than normal… allow extra time. Vehicles will need a legal parking spot when they get into Port Dover. Business owners must collect the ‘Business Dash Pass’ from their employees to reuse at the next event.

If you have questions about getting employees to work, contact Port Dover Board of Trade at  Remember, you will need to provide a parking spot for your employees.

I live in Port Dover but didn’t get a Resident Dash Pass… what do I do?

Two Resident Dash Passes were included in water bills from  last May 2018 sent to affected residents of Port Dover. If you don’t receive a water bill and live inside the road closure area of Port Dover, you can get a RESIDENT DASH PASS by bringing a piece of ID showing your Port Dover address to Powell Park bandstand on these dates in August 2019. Remember, all vehicles will need to park in a legal parking spot. Many streets in Port Dover have restricted street parking on Friday the 13th.

Passes will be distributed on these dates… please bring ID (drivers’ license, tax bill, etc) showing your Port Dover address

Friday, August 9  from 2 – 4 p.m. – Powell  Park, Main St., Port Dover

Monday, August 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Powell Park, Main St.

Thursday, August 15 from 2 – 4 p.m. &  6 – 8 p.m. at Powell Park

Wed., August 21 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Powell Park, Main St.

Friday, August 23 from 4 – 7 p.m.  at Powell Park, Main St.

Monday, August 26 from 5 – 8 p.m.  at Powell Park, Main St.

Wednesday, August 28 from 2 – 4 p.m. &  6 – 8 p.m. at Powell Park

Friday, August 30 from 4 – 7 p.m. at Powell Park, Main St., Port Dover

Friday the 13th in Port Dover