Port Hope

Port Hope

Municipality of Port Hope Town HallNationally acclaimed for having the best-preserved main street in Ontario, Port Hope is well known for its wealth of lovingly restored 19th century homes, some of which have been transformed into exquisite bed and breakfast accommodations.

Downtown offers everything from footwear to fashion, and even a chance to pick up some specialty hand-made leather products at Kirkpatricks.  You'll want to make your way to Olympus Burger which is gaining great popularity as they've been featured on the "You Gotta Eat Here" show.   Heading out of town the Haute Goat farm offers handmade soaps, creams and even popcorn made with goats milk.  Then the renowned Primitive Designs with arts and crafts from around the world makes for a fun stop and a chance to take a picture beside their giant outdoor transformer and dinosaur.

Port Hope is also known for its excellent fishing on both the Ganaraska River or Lake Ontario!  Or watch the trout and salmon running up the Ganaraska in spring and fall:  it's quite a spectacle.

Also at the Ganaraska River at Lake Ontario is the long, high and majestic viaduct that carries daily rail traffic.  Learn about its history and the Canadian National Railway here.

Participants floating in the river during Float Your Fanny Down Ganny

Be sure to check out the Capitol Theatre, one of Canada's last remaining atmospheric theatres and designated as a national historic site. Home to the Port Hope Festival Theatre, films, concerts, HD Operas and live theatrical performances.  It also houses the Visitors' Centre.

Port Hope's annual events include Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny, an exciting river race that takes place on the Ganaraska River every April for canoes, kayaks and crazy crafts. The race draws thousands of spectators every year! Another well-known event, the All Canadian Jazz Festival takes place in September and attracts the finest in Canadian jazz talent, and don't miss the historic House Tour, Canada's oldest and longest running tour the last Saturday before Thanksgiving.