port hope ontario


Port Hope, ON

Lat: 43° 56.488   Long: 078° 17.473

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Town
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: CHS 2053
  • Customs: (888) CANPASS (266-7277)
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code905
Police(905) 855-1993
Hospital(905) 855-0611
Pharmacy(905) 855-4588


Port Distance (nm) Port Distance (nm)
Trenton, ON 43 E Sackets Harbor, NY 100 E
Cobourg, ON 7 E Rochester, NY 52 SE
Whitby, ON 30 W Oak Orchard, NY 35 S
Toronto, ON 53 W Wilson, NY 45 SW


Port Hope Ontario is located on the north coast of Lake Ontario, at the mouth of the Ganaraska River. The river took its name from the Iroquois village that was located here. In the 1790's, United Empire Loyalists fleeing from the newly-independent United States, began to settle in the area. Called variously Smith's Creek and Toronto(!), the community was incorporated in 1834 as Port Hope.

A significant aspect of Port Hope is its superbly well-preserved architecture. Port Hope is considered to have the finest 19th century streetscape in all of Ontario. The town is also a magnet for antique hunters with some 2 dozen specialty antique shops.


The approaches to Port Hope Ontario are clear from all directions. The one hazard to note is Peter Rock, which lies approximately 2.25 nm east of the harbour entrance. Peter Rock is marked with a F WHITE light visible 7.8 nm. Do Not attempt to pass between Peter Rock and the mainland. It is connected to the mainland by a rocky shoal which can make short work of a hull or keel. Stay well south of Peter Rock.

The harbour entrance is marked with a F RED light on the east breakwater and a FL GREEN on the west pierhead, both visible about 3.5 nm. When you enter the harbour, keep to the west side to avoid entering the Ganaraska River. The Port Hope Marina will be on your starboard side. At the end of the basin is the Port Hope Yacht Club.


Port Hope Marina   (905) 855-7981    VHF 68
Port Hope Marina offers docking along the wall. They have room for about a dozen boats. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and a pumpout station. There are power hookups and potable water is available nearby. There are washrooms and showers. The grounds have picnic areas and BBQ grills.


There are no marine repair facilities in Port Hope.

There is a large Metro supermarket about .5 mi/1 km east of the Ganaraska River. It can handle all re-provisioning requirements.

There are 2 banks - TD Bank and RBC Bank - located downtown, about .5 mi/1 km north of the marina.


Port Hope Walk-In Clinic (905) 855-0611 provides basic health care services. It is located about 1.5 mi/2.4 km north of the marina.

Watson's Guardian Drugs (905) 855-4588 is located downtown, about .5 mi/1 km north of the marina.


There are several good restaurants and pubs in Port Hope, especially in its well-preserved downtown. Beamish House is a traditional British-style pub with good food and beer. Bualai Taste of Thai earns great reviews. Carlyle Inn and Bistro offers a lush decor reminiscent of old Casablanca and has terrific food to match. Black Beans is a very well-regarded steakhouse and pub. The Railside Restaurant specializes in Greek cuisine.


Port Hope Ontario 's premier atttraction is itself! It offers the best-preserved, 19th century downtown in all of Ontario. It is an antique hunter's delight with some 2 dozen antique shops.

Make sure you check out the Capital Theatre one of the last 'atmospheric' theatres in Canada. (The interior of the theatre gives patrons the illusion of sitting in an outdoor medieval courtyard, under a blue sky with twinkling stars and moving clouds.) The Captial has a full schedule of preformances and is certainly worth a visit.

The Canadian Fire Fighters Museum showcases changes in firefighting down through the years.

In July, there is a large community Canada Day Celebration. August sees the Port Hope Farmers' Market and Arts Festival. The All-Canadian Jazz Festival is held in late season in Sept.

The Port Hope Ontario visitors site will give you an idea of lots more things to do and see while visiting the area.

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