Outstanding quality of life is synonymous with the urban/rural duality that is the Municipality of Port Hope.
Situated along the north shore of Lake Ontario on both sides of Highway 401, the municipality's main urban centre is built along the banks of the Ganaraska River which flows southward from the Ganaraska Forest into the Great Lakes. It is surrounded by farmland, undulating hills and rural hamlets. The friendly community is vibrant with a wide array of lifestyle choices, employment opportunities, leisure and educational pursuits.
The northern villages and hamlets of Garden Hill, Canton and Welcome are nestled in the rolling scenic hills of Northumberland County.
The town boasts one of Canada's oldest daily newspapers, the Port Hope Evening Guide (serving the community since 1878).
Residential development is an active part of Port Hope's growth. New housing developments, such as the large AON project on the southwest end of town, welcomed new residents last year and the developer continues to build on a very picturesque setting adjacent to a well established golf course overlooking Lake Ontario.
Available residential options include Victorian mansions, newly constructed homes, condominiums, hobby farms, custom built creations and almost any style of home in between.
Newer housing developments, in both town and country, offer quality, contemporary homes in styles to suit every taste. All of this is available with a comparatively low cost of living.
A brand new, state-of-the-art drinking water treatment plant completed in 2005 offers clean and safe drinking water for every need, as well as the capacity for new residential and business developments.
VIA Rail passenger trains and the six-land Highway 401 is used by commuters travelling to and from Toronto.
Excellent public, separate and private schools, including the prestigious Trinity College School (TCS) provide families with numerous education options.
TCS, founded in 1865, boasts a multi-million dollar theatre and music training facility on a picturesque campus and internationally renowned programs.
Community college and university courses are available within easy commuting distance of Port Hope.
Six public elementary schools, two Catholic elementary schools and the Port Hope High School are located in the municipality.
Municipal residents also have access to two libraries, one in Garden Hill at the northern end of the mumicipality and also the modernized Port Hope Public Library which overlooks the Ganaraska River in downtown Port Hope.
Residents have access to a modern medical centre in town, including a walk-in clinic with access to specialist care. The new Port Hope Community Health Centre is scheduled to open in 2008.
A state-of-the-art hospital opening in 2003 to service Northumberland County, and is located 10 minutes away from downtown Port Hope.
Several new developments provide a range of modern services for senior's care: Roseflen Village for Seniors offers a selection of 42 rooms, and private garden suites for independant living. Extendicare Port Hope also offers a variety of suites in their 128 bed facility which opened in 2004.
Port Hope Villa Retirement Home, Tower of Port Hope Retirement Residence and Abbyfield House also provide service to seniors seeking additional care.
In Port Hope, you can surround yourself with history. Rich in 19th century character, Port Hope contains 260 architecturally designated homes and buildings, more per capita than anywhere else in Canada. Port Hope's celebrated Heritage Conservation District was judged "Best Preserved Main Street In Ontario" in a TVO "Main Street" competition.
Many of the municipality's outstanding volunteers dedicate themselves to the preservation and restoration of the community's outstanding architecture.
The historic Capitol Theatre - Canada's only operational atmospheric theatre - has become a catalyst for a growing community of performing artists, directors, set designers and other theatre professionals. Adjacent to the theatre is the Capitol Arts Centre which boasts an additional performance and conference facility, plus a theatre reception area and box office. Mirroring the box office is the Port Hope Economic Development and Tourism office.
Port Hope just may be the antique capital of rural Ontario with over 50 antique and specialty shops. Many of these shops are located in the downtown heritage shopping district.
As for leisure pursuits, enjoy a round of golf - right in town; motor up to dock at the Port Hope Marina; or sign up for a variety of programs and activies at modern sports and recreation centres such as the Town Park Recreation Centre which features an array of indoor and outdoor sports, a skateboard facility and a youth recreation centre. You can swim or go for a skate at the Jack Burger Sports Complex.
The Ganaraska River offers some of the best trout and salmon fishing in the province. The river is also the site for the wacky Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny Race every April where contestants race their make-shift watercraft down the cold waters.
Over 200 acres of trails and parklands, including the Waterfront Trail join up with the Ganaraska Trail for unsurpassed hiking and biking. The 10,500 acre Ganaraska Forest is a great place to reconnect with nature.
The municipality actively pursues economic growth through its business retention and attraction initiatives. Port Hope has a diversified economic base. Its industrial workforce is engaged in producing energy materials for nuclear electricity production, building prefabricated homes, manufacturing paints and varnishes, and producing alloy and stainless steel casings.
Over 95 per cent of local business employ fewer than 100 people. Although they are smaller than the larger firms, they still play a key role in the municipality's successful economy. Entrepreneurial ventures range from serivce providers in home-based business to small companies.
Agriculture and agriculture-related business drive the rural ward economy.
Port Hope has it all - an advantageous location, historic and natural beauty, and an extraordinary quality of life.