Port Hope’s waterfront is a must-see! TWO clean, public, sandy beaches, scenic lakeshore paths that offer tranquil spots to rest and read and the rushing Ganaraska River, also with trails, parks and picnic tables to enjoy an afternoon lunch!
Our East Beach is blessed with a sandy shoreline, clean swimming, a children’s playground and a picnic area, all making for a fantastic family outing! You can also watch the fishermen cast off the pier or the sailboats silently glide by. Then, after a dip in the lake and some sunbathing, venture into the lakeside café that offers lunches and more.
NEW! Port Hope now has an accessible beach mat system and a sand/water wheelchair to assist with accessibility at the East Beach. The mat system offers wheelchair and pedestrians a non-slip tread design to facilitate safe and comfortable access to the beach and water. This service will be installed and provided to the community during the months of June, July and August.
Our West Beach provides a more secluded place to take a dip, while still offering a playground area for the kids. With it being a bit more remote, this beach is also a popular spot to take your family pet for a walk along the shoreline.
There are plenty of trails on both sides of the Ganaraska River, which winds its way through downtown to the shores of Lake Ontario. Within town, there are also river-side parks, playgrounds and picnic areas. Or, if you’re into some more serious hiking, you can experience over 500 km of trail by taking the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, beginning in Port Hope and extending through forests and sandy hills into the Oak Ridges Moraine.
You can leisurely stroll the shores of Lake Ontario along both the East and West Beaches, or take a longer hike along the Waterfront Trail. The trail, that can be hiked or cycled, starts in the Village of Wesleyville, follows the shoreline of Lake Ontario and finishes in downtown Port Hope.