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PORT HOPE | ONTARIO
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01

Walton Street

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. Walton street has the best-preserved 19th-century streetscapes.

1 Walton St, Port Hope, ON L1A 1M8

(905) 885-4544

http://www.heritageporthope.com/district.html

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Home Town of Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat, writer and environmentalist, was a long-time resident of Port Hope until he died in 2014. A monument to the author named “Boat Roofed House” or ‘Viking House” is located on the east side of the Ganaraska River, near Walk Bridge over the river. It is a reproduction of a boat-roofed house mentioned in his book ‘ The Farfarers’ (1998).

Using 30 tones of quarried limestone from the Madoc area, a local dry-stone waller built this 25-by-8-foot house with a double-ender boat doubling as a roof.

The literary giant, known for his vivid stories set against a backdrop of the Canadian wilderness, had a monument erected in 2006 on a piece of private property (20 Catherine St.). It was moved to the new place in 2016. 

WPX5+Q4 Port Hope, ON

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Capitol Theatre

One of Canada’s only remaining “Atmospheric Theatres,” the Capitol opened as a 380-seat talking-picture house in 1930. Now a National Historic Site and still used for performances, it has since evolved into one of Ontario’s leading Regional Theatres. An interior was designed to resemble a walled medieval courtyard surrounded by a forest.

It was one of the first cinemas in the country built expressly for talking pictures. It opened on Friday, August 15, 1930, screening Queen High starring Charlie Ruggles and Ginger Rogers.

20 Queen St, Port Hope, ON L1A 3Z4

(905) 885-1071

capitoltheatre.com

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04

Olympus Burger

The Place Suggested By JENNA REID

Canadian Living magazine ranked Port Hope, Ontario’s Olympus Burger at #1 on its list of the 10 best burgers in Canada. Greek-themed eatery serving creative burgers in a casual, contemporary blue-&-white space.

55 Mill St. South, Port Hope, ON L1A 2S7

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05

Port Hope House Tour

The Event Suggested By HEATHER RAE

The Port Hope House Tour has become one of Ontario’s most popular annual house tour events. Our Fall tour affords people to view the outstanding examples of vintage and contemporary domestic architecture for which our beautiful town has become known.

20 Queen Street, Port Hope

https://phhf.ca/events/port-hope-house-tour

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Ganaraska Fishway

The Ganaraska Fishway is a pool and weir style consisting of a concrete channel ninety feet long and five feet wide. Baffles divide the area into nine pools. The fish – trout and salmon – negotiate each jump or level at their leisure until they have cleared the dam; approximately twelve feet altogether.

The fishway is used practically year-round although the most popular times are the spring and fall. Rainbow trout spawn in the spring. The brown trout and pacific salmon species (coho and chinook) however spawn in the fall.

2 McKibbon St, Port Hope, ON L1A 2P7

(905) 885-2004

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07

Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny

Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny is a 10km race along the Ganaraska River to commemorate the 1980 flood that crippled Port Hopes downtown area. The race is centred around the finish area at Barrett Street Bridge and Cavan Street.

It attracted thousands of people from across the region to take the canoes, kayaks and crazy craft racing through the Ganaraska River.

50 Cavan St, Port Hope, ON L1A 4B1

www.floatyourfanny.ca

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08

Lavender Fields

The Place Suggested By ANDREAS PEDIAS

If you want to see blooming fields of lavender, you have to visit in July. The bloom is short, and the best time is between the 2nd- 3rd week of July to see the most intense colour and experience the amazing buzz of thousands of Honeybees.

The fields will close for two weeks from August 1st to August 15th to allow us to harvest, process and prune our plants.

8667 Gilmour Rd, Campbellcroft, ON L0A 1B0

(705) 201-1545

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09

Summer Bandshell Concerts

The Event Suggested By CARIN AVERY

Free outdoor summer concerts in the historic bandshell in Memorial Park. Every Thursday throughout July and August, starting at 7pm.

In Port Hope, there is a tradition of outdoor entertainments. A small, round bandstand once held a prominent position in front of the Town Hall and marketplace.

Hector St, Port Hope, ON

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10

St. Mark’s Anglican Church

As the oldest church building still in active use in the Diocese of Toronto, St. Mark’s has a long and fascinating history. The wooden frame church was built between 1822 and 1824 and dedicated to St John the Evangelist in 1828.

In 1959, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H Prince Philip were guests at the home of first Canadian born Governor-General Vincent Massey, a long-time parishioner of St Mark’s. They joined the congregation for Morning Prayer at St Mark’s on July 26. Massey was burred here in 1967.

51 King St, Port Hope ON L1A 2K2

(905) 885-4071

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Filming in Port Hope

The Place Suggested By HEATHER RAE

Filming took place in various locations in the downtown and around Port Hope. Authentic main street, heritage homes and camera-friendly vistas beckon film makers from around the globe.

  • Stephen King’s IT
  • Murdoch Mysteries
  • Star Falls
  • Falling Water

You can find here the map of IT Film Walking Tour.

53 Walton St, Port Hope, ON L1A 1N2

visitporthope.ca/filming-in-port-hope

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12

Bibelot | Gift Shop

The Place Suggested By JANN

Bibelot: (pronounced bee’blow) is a boutique specializing in small objects of beauty, curiosity and rarity. Some of our favourite lines include Sid Dickens Memory Blocks, Belle De Provence and Lothantique soaps & creams from Provence, The Thymes classic collections for both home & body, gorgeous sterling silver jewellry from Mexico, specialty gift  and cookbooks, the great Kitchen Papers from the States, Jellycats,  kitchen linens – and now! – chic fountain pens from LAMY, Platinum and Conklin, along with other assorted art supplies…

Oh – and the best greetings cards anywhere – truly! 

91 Walton Street, Port Hope, Ontario

www.facebook.com/originalbibelot/

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A.K. Sculthorpe Marsh | Waterfront trail

The Alice King Sculthorpe Woodland Marsh is six acres of marshland at the bottom of Lake Street. The lake is visible through the trees as you walk along the entire route. The lookout over-looking the marsh is a favourite stopping spot to observe the birds and turtles. The area is home to a habitat that encourages butterflies.
Ms. Sculthorpe was a founder of the local Waterfront Trail Committee and an avid member of the Willow Beach Naturalists, as well as an active member of many heritage committees and groups.

Waterfront Trail, Port Hope, ON L1A 4L1

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Port Hope Fair

The Event Suggested By CARIN AVERY

Port Hope Fair is the oldest fair in this region, three days of fun in September. Check out all the exhibits, animal competitions, midway, vendors, and so much more.

We celebrate 1831 as the founding date for the Port Hope & District Agricultural Society. Early fairs were like farmers’ markets where one could sell produce rather than just exhibit it. 175th anniversary celebrations took place throughout 2006.

62 McCaul Street, Port Hope, Ontario

www.porthopefair.com

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15

Hotel Carlyle & Restaurant

The Place Suggested By CARIN AVERY

Located in the heart of downtown Port Hope, Hotel Carlyle was originally built in 1857 as a bank. The bank vault has now been turned into a private dining space inside their gorgeous restaurant.

With great British food like the seafood, our tasty drinks, amazing service and the experience to tie it all together, we’re sure to leave you with a lasting memory!

86 John St, Port Hope, ON L1A 2Z2

www.hotelcarlyle.ca

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16

All Canadian Jazz Festival

The Event Suggested By HEATHER RAE

The All-Canadian Jazz Festival was born in 2002 to celebrate and support the burgeoning Canadian Jazz scene and every year this is accomplished with a uniquely Canadian performance line-up.

This 3-day tented outdoor Port Hope festival in September is ceremoniously mastered by talented Jazz Vocalist/Radio Personality hysterical Heather Bambrick.

Downtown Port Hope, Ontario

allcanadianjazz.ca

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17

PH Family Holiday Display 

PH Family Holiday Display is Seasonal. They put up displays for most holidays. Easter, Halloween, Christmas, Canada Day, Port Hope Fair. They also host food drives for Northumberland Fare Share Food Banks PH. In total they have over 60 inflatable lawn decorations.

The display hours are 5pm- 10pm. Times may change.

77 Princess St, Port Hope, Ontario L1A 2R2

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18

The Little Station: A Centre for Contemporary Art

Critical Mass: A Centre for Contemporary Art is a Port Hope-based not-for-profit arts organization. It was founded in 2012, by Aurelie Collings, Liz Parkinson, Fiona Crangle and Sarah Jacob. Together they gathered a group of curators, artists and art supporters dedicated to bringing cutting-edge contemporary art experiences to the residents of Port Hope.

In 2018, they opened the Little Station on Lent Lane in beautiful downtown Port Hope. Built in the 1850s, this historical railway station has been rehabilitated, reimagined, and repurposed as a hub for community arts engagement.

15 Elias Street, Lent Ln, Port Hope, ON

(905) 269-2120

http://criticalmassart.com/

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Trinity College School

Trinity College School is one of the oldest private schools in Canada. It was founded in 1865. It has produced some of the most influential artists, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

One of the notable alumni is novelist Yann Martel (Class of 1981), author of Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi.

55 Deblaquire Street N, Port Hope, Ontario L1A 4K7

(905) 885-3217

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20

Paddleboard on East Beach

You can find paddleboard and SUP yoga if you visit the Port Hope’s East Beach. You can experience stand-up paddleboarding. It has its roots in Hawaii.

WPV5+QQ Port Hope, Ontario

(905) 885-9642

https://www.spraoiyoga.ca/spraoi-sup/

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Primitive Designs

Primitive Designs is a retail store in Port Hope, Ontario that deals in exotic and unique arts and crafts from around the world. Everything is imported and hand picked in over 7 different countries by owners Ron Dacey and Rhonda Cook.

Celebrating their 18th season, Primitive Designs is home to the Big Robots, including a recent addition of a 3 Headed Dragon.

2762 Northumberland County Rd 28, Port Hope, ON L1A 3V6

(905) 885-7516

https://www.primitivedesignscanada.com/

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22

Haute Goat

The Place Suggested By JENNA REID

Haute Goat Farm is a breathtaking 200-acre farm where you can discover the magic of our Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Huacaya Alpacas, Exotic Chickens, Icelandic Horses, Apiary, Tornjak Livestock Guardian Dogs and our big, silly mule named “Lucy”.

1166 5th line, Newtonville, ON L0A 1J0

hautegoat.com

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First Baptist Church

The Place Suggested By ANNE

The First Baptist Church has been serving the community since 1855. In 1867 the work of erecting the church was begun.

It is still in use for weekly services.  The Sunday gathering starts at 11am and usually lasts about 75 minutes. 

57 John St, Port Hope, ON L1A 2Z3

(905) 885-6021

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