Living amidst the buzz and lights of the big city can drive almost anyone mad. Which is why finding a pristine and not-too-distant getaway is so important. Take a short drive East of the metropolis and in just under an hour you’ll find yourself on the North Shore of Lake Ontario, in the beautifully historic community of Port Hope.
This heritage-rich community boasts over 200 years of history with a magnificently kept Victorian-style main street within its picturesque downtown core. With over 290 Heritage Designated Properties (the highest per capita in Canada) there are more than enough sights to be seen.
If you’re looking to spend the weekend, a great selection of bed and breakfasts and inns provide guests with a charming, cozy place to stay. Combined with superb restaurants, Chistmas markets and bazaars, there is no shortage of things to do.
Port Hope has excellent hiking paths along the lake, as well as a plethora of ATV, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing trails at the Ganaraska Forest Centre
During the festive season, do your gift giving shopping in Port Hope’s antique and specialty shops. Venture all throughout the Municipality as there are many interesting things to find in and around the entire community. When the sun sets, stroll through Memorial Park — decorated with thousands of lights for the holiday season, it is transformed into a Victorian village, showcasing the most notable structures the town has to offer, illuminated wondrously, creating an unforgettable image.
During the holiday season, the famed Capitol Theatre hosts the Capitol Christmas Festival of Lights & Trees; a collection of Christmas trees sponsored by local businesses, each amazingly decorated. The main attraction of the festival is the retelling of Cinderella, a musical pantomime version, with a performance for all ages including the traditional family show as well as the naughty, a bit more colourful edition for adults only.
With a wide range of both indoor and outdoor activities, Port Hope provides culture and entertainment that evokes the creative mind. Visitors are treated to a historic, Olde Tyme Christmas, only a short trip outside of Toronto.
For more information on attractions and amenities in Port Hope, contact the Tourism Office: