A rural paradise located just over an hour outside of Toronto, Port Hope is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon or enjoy a staycation just outside of the city. An all-season destination, this heritage community offers a rustic charm and inclusive community that you don’t want to miss! Here are a few reasons why you should visit Port Hope:
There is an endless amount of unbeatable views in Port Hope. With the Ontario Greenbelt’s eastern edge ending in Northumberland County, there is an abundance of preserved areas for enjoying the beautiful scenery. Ganaraska Forest is tourist highlight in Port Hope, with over 11,000 acres of lush forest with hundreds of kilometres of trails for hiking and biking during the warmer months and snowmobiling during the winter. Tucked in beside the Ganaraska River, the Port Hope Conservation Area sits on almost 90 acres of land filled with rich plant life and wonderful woodland trails. This is also a popular spot for fishers, as the annual spring trout and fall salmon migration is a must-see natural event and the Ganaraska River is a popular spot for fly fishing for trout.
Settled on a huge history, Port Hope is host to several historical landmarks that make for a great weekend history lesson. If you’re interested, the Municipality of Port Hope has created a self-guided walking tour for all to enjoy the historic buildings in downtown Port Hope, which you can find here. Some highlights of this walking tour include buildings like Port Hope Town Hall, which was built in 1851 and was also the market centre of the growing town. In 1893, a disastrous fire gutted the building but it was restored without much change. Learn more about the Architectural Conservatory of Ontario, where they work to save hundreds of heritage buildings across Ontario, including several of the buildings in Port Hope. You can learn more about how they help Port Hope or donate to the cause by visiting their website.
Wonderful Live Entertainment
In Port Hope, you can find a plethora of quality entertainment options. The Capitol Theatre is the last remaining atmospheric theatre and has been deemed a historical site. Capitol Theatre hosts a variety of live productions and is exceptionally well preserved with much of its original exterior and interior detail remaining after eighty years of almost continuous operation – a spectacular sight to see! Another great destination in Port Hope for an entertainment-filled evening is the Port Hope Drive-In. This drive-in has been screening movies since 1947 and is a classic drive-in experience, the perfect way to enjoy a movie on a weekend away.
The best way to feel the unique charm of a community is through local events. There are quite a few annual events that bring the community together, including the Port Hope and District Agricultural Fall Fair and the All Canadian Jazz Festival. The Port Hope & District Agricultural Society is a not for profit organization incorporated under the Ontario Agricultural and Horticultural Act. Each year, this event hosts several different exhibitors and vendors that focus on agriculture, animals and education. There is plenty of entertainment for all to enjoy, so if you’re in Port Hope in September, be sure to check out The Fair. A recent addition to the community events line-up in Port Hope is the All-Canadian Jazz Festival. Founded only 15 years ago, it is a 3 day tented outdoor Port Hope festival that features so many talented musicians, including some of the biggest names in Canadian Jazz. Be sure to visit their website for more information about dates and tickets for the festival.
Source: Chestnut Park Blog