Port Hope locals say this a lot – we love living by the water. Come visit for paddle boarding, kayaking or just soaking up the sunshine.

Waterfront views and sandy beaches

We've got all the great outdoor options that come with living on the lakeshore. Our two sandy beaches close to downtown are perfect for sunning and swimming or early-morning yoga on a paddle board with Spraoi Yoga. The Waterfront Trail, perfect for hiking and biking, has stunning views and protected habitats. Check out our trails page for maps and highlights. 

Family enjoying sandy East Beach in Port Hope
East Beach

This pretty beach has a play structure and a sandy bottom for swimming and building sandcastles with the kids.

Woman taking a photo of West Beach at sunset in Port Hope
West Beach

Walk the shore, bring a lawn chair to relax in the sun, or jump in the waves. Tip: This beach has the best stones for skipping.

Ganaraska River for fishing and events on the water


The Ganaraska River runs through our downtown, making it a focal point for celebrations like the Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny River Race and the annual fish migration when salmon and trout race upstream to spawn. Anglers are lured to Port Hope to fish the river and use the fish cleaning station nearby.

Bring your sunscreen! We've got plenty of outdoor family fun and events all year round.