Explore the trails and country backroads

Grab your hiking boots or bring your bike to experience Port Hope outdoors. We have well-marked forest trails that bring you close to wildlife, and others that start in the heritage downtown and follow the streaming Ganaraska River or take you to panoramic lookouts along the waterfront. Check out our trail maps and route highlights. Or take the Glorious Ganaraska cycling route that takes you past farm fields and historic buildings with fantastic views of the Ganaraska River and Lake Ontario.

Friends hiking the Ganaraska Hiking Trail in Port Hope
Trails

Our trails take you around town, plus up and down the river.

Group of people biking in Port Hope
Cycling and Biking

Rolling hills and lake views - the perfect challenge and reward.

Nature up close at local conservation areas

Come for the Insta-worthy photo ops, the greenery, birds and wild turkeys in our local conservations areas, like the 90-acre Port Hope Conservation Area tucked beside the Ganaraska River just north of the fish ladder at Corbett's Dam. The Sylvan Glen Conservation Area is a secluded nature lover's hangout for a walk along the path by the Ganaraska River and a picnic. And the Ganaraska Millennium Conservation Area has trails along the Molson Pond area and along the Ganaraska River north of County Road 28 and Highway 401. See environmentally protected demo sites along with native grasses and flowers.

You can also discover our sandy beaches for swimming, boating or just relaxing in the sunshine.

Ganaraska Millennium Conservation Area

A natural respite in which to walk, picnic and enjoy the natural environment. Learn more about the Ganaraska Millennium Conservation Area and the Ganaraska River Conservation Authority who maintains it. 

 Garden Hill Conservation Area

This site offers a beautiful pond, where you can spot many different species of birds and other wildlife. A great place for a picnic. Learn more about the Garden Hill Conservation Area and the Ganaraska River Conservation Authority who maintains it. 

Richardson's Lookout Conservation Area
Provides a panoramic view of the headwaters of the Ganaraska River and the Ganaraska Forest. Learn more about the Richardson's Lookout Conservation Area and the Ganaraska River Conservation Authority who maintains it. 
 Port Hope Conservation Area

Woodland trails are rich in plant life and great for a picturesque stroll. Also a popular spot for fishing. Learn more about the Port Hope Conservation Area and the Ganaraska River Conservation Authority who maintains it. 

 Sylvan Glen Conservation Area

Picnic by the creek or try your luck at fishing. Learn more about the Sylvan Glen Conservation Area and the Ganaraska River Conservation Authority who maintains it.