Port Hope (Waterfront Trail)

Port Hope is a lovingly restored and maintained historical town with over 16,000 people.  

Port Hope and its residents are still so determined to preserve its fine architecture and small-town way of life too.  

They are a member of the Green Communities Initiative, which promotes the greening of Ontario by encouraging its member to increase energy and water efficiency, reduce waste and prevent pollution.

Administrative Offices (love to work here!)

Port Hope Rapids
We didn't spend a lot of time here, on borrowed time before sunset, but wanted to share a few pictures, like the Port Hope Rapids, which is not really considered a waterfall, but rather more like several low rocky steps spread out along for almost a kilometre.  This comes from along the lowest parts of the Ganaraska River (you can search more on the Ganaraska Forest in this blog).
Historical Downtown-Port Hope

Rotary Park (honorary bench)

You can catch the Ganaraska Trail if you head north on Queen Street, which runs behind this historic town.  It takes about 45 minutes each way.  

Speaking about warming up a bit more, every April, Port Hope hosts a zany "Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny Race", with canoes and kayaks as well as small armada of homemade crazy crafts to commemorate the 1980 flood of the Ganaraska river.  HERE is link if you are interested in checking it out.

In a few weeks time, you can check out the fish ladder at Corbett's Dam, beside the highway 401 underpass, where it will be filled with spawning trout and salmon making their way upriver.  At this dam, you can also see a well preserved reminder of Port Hopes early river industy - the Molson Mlll, build about 1850.