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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Top-10 Things to Do and See

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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.

The People of Small Towns: PORT HOPE

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The Small Town in Me: PORT HOPE

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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. <...>