Port Hope, Ontario

Northumberland County

Established

1780s

Population

18,000

Average Age

47

Destination from

Toronto 109 km

What Makes PORT HOPE Special

The Best-Preserved 19th-Century Streetscape

Waddell Block (1845), Walton Street Heritage District

With over 270 heritage-designated buildings throughout the municipality, Port Hope has a higher per capita rate of preservation than any other town or city in Canada.

Gillett Paterson Block (1845), Walton Street Heritage District

The Song

'Fanny in the Ganny' by The Back Forty

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Name Origin

In the early 1790s after governor Simcoe established the township of Hope, loyalists arrived to settle the area. The township was named to honour Colonel Henry Hope, former lieutenant-governor of Quebec. From 1817-19 Port Hope was known as Toronto but the citizens then decided on the name Port Hope.

Events In and Around PORT HOPE

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Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny River Race
Santa Claus Parade
Candlelight Christmas Walk & Lighting Ceremony
Port Hope Farmers’ Market
Christmas Market
Robin Hood The Panto
Capitol Christmas: A Festival of Lights and Trees

Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny River Race

10 am - 3pm To commemorate a devastating flood that inundated Port Hope’s downtown in 1980, the annual Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny river race is an exciting ten-kilometer race on the Ganaraska River, drawing crowds of up to 15,000 spectators. Participants range from serious paddlers navigating the cold, fast moving water in kayaks and canoes, to the very entertaining “crazy craft” paddlers, floating any combination of materials down...
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Santa Claus Parade

A spectacular cavalcade of festive sights and sounds featuring a host of exceptional bands along with floats from many local businesses, clubs and community groups. Watch out for the postal workers along the parade route collecting those all-important letters to Santa. Port Hope’s annual Santa Claus parade features an exceptional procession of bands, floats and displays from many local businesses and community groups. Join Santa and kids of all ages...
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Candlelight Christmas Walk & Lighting Ceremony

Friday, 24 November 2017 | 7:00 pm The walk begins at 7pm at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 155 Walton St. and continues to Memorial Park. Participants and spectators alike will sing along to carols as the candlelight procession makes its way down Walton Street. Bring your own lantern or receive a battery operated candle in exchange for a non-perishable food item for the Fare Share Food Bank. Contact 905-885-2004
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Port Hope Farmers’ Market

Open: every Saturday from 8am - 1pm behind Town Hall (56 Queen St.) every Wednesday afternoons from noon - 5pm at the Home Hardware parking lot (177 Toronto Road). Watch for special event days. Contacts 905-396-9832
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Christmas Market

Saturday, 16 December 2017 | 10:00 am Annual Christmas Market, hosted by the Port Hope Farmers’ Market: a mix of arts, crafts and farmers' market vendors. Contacts: www.porthopefarmersmarket.ca 905-885-8792
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Robin Hood The Panto

Experience the traditional holiday Panto at the Capitol Theatre. Choose from the Family version, or Adult "Naughty" version - there is a show for everyone! Family friendly matines begin at 2 pm, with additional 7pm evening performances and a 3pm start time on Santa Claus parade day. Naughty version begins at 8 pm. (on select days – see website for details). There are no performances on Mondays for either show....
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Capitol Christmas: A Festival of Lights and Trees

The Capitol Theatre presents A Festival of Lights and Trees, 20th anniversary. The Capitol will be all decked out in thousands of lights, with beautifully decorated trees available to be won by raffle. Contacts 905-885-1071, 1-800-434-5092 *viewing schedule to be confirmed– visit website for more information.
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There is a small town in each and everyone of us. Even if we have never lived in a small town, or traveled through one, we have been touched by the memories, experience and humour of a friend or a relative who has grown up in such a community. Many of our own ancestors came to our country from small towns across the globe. <...>

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