Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny River Race

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 the river in an attempt to reach the finish line. Entertainment, food and fond memories are always in store for anyone attending Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny.
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Santa Claus Parade

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 for this fun-filled march through downtown. Watch out for the postal workers along the parade route collecting those all-important letters to Santa. Location: Corner of Rideout St. and Bramley St. 1pm – 2pm. For more information visit: www.porthopesantaclausparade.ca
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Candlelight Christmas Walk & Lighting Ceremony

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

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

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

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. Box office location - Capitol Theatre, 20 Queen Street, Port Hope. Contacts 905-885-1071 info@capitoltheatre.com
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Capitol Christmas: A Festival of Lights and Trees

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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1930

1930

The Capitol Theatre, designated as a National Historic Site in 2016, debuted in 1930 as a premium Canadian entertainment venue. One of only two remaining atmospheric theatres in all of Canada, the Capitol offers live plays, operas, concerts, comedy acts, dance and films and high definition screenings.
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1865

1865

Trinity College School, one of the oldest private schools in Canada, was founded.
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1867

1867

The contract for the new harbour construction was let. The Dominion Government built the Port Hope west pier and docks at a cost of upwards of a quarter of a million dollars.
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1853

1853

The Town Hall was built—the first permanent municipal building since the early log building of 1812.
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1849

1849

A new system of town government was inaugurated. A board of councillors was elected to replace the Board of Police, and from these councillors a mayor was selected.
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1856

1856

The Grand Trunk Railway connected Port Hope to Toronto and the Atlantic seaboard. Its viaduct over the Ganaraska was the second greatest engineering challenge on the route.
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1834

1834

Port Hope was incorporated as a town. It had 1,500 residents. Painting: Walton Street, Port Hope, 1833 | From an original watercolour by Sier  
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1793

1793

Four families of English descent arrived by boat and settled at the river mouth.
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1755

1755

The area had been home to aboriginal groups—Huron, Iroquois, Mississauga—attracted by the salmon and sturgeon that swarmed in its river. On a French map (1755) the village was identified as “ganaraské”. That Iroquois name is remembered in the Ganaraska River flows through town.    
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1831

1831

Capron renamed the community of Forks of the Grand to Paris.
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1939, June 7

1939, June 7

Paris residents waiting by the train tracks to welcome King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on their 1939 royal visit of Canada. Their train was scheduled to make a brief stop on the outskirts of Paris.
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1876, August 10

1876, August 10

The world’s first long distance phone call was made from the a shop in the village of Paris.
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1856

1856

The town of Paris was officially established in 1856.
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1829, May 7

1829, May 7

  The town was first settled in 1829. On May 7, Paris founder, Hiram Capron, bought the land for $10,000 and built a mill on the present townsite.
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