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How to Spend a Weekend Getaway in Port Hope

– Monday 15 October 2018 by Diary of a Toronto Girl How to Spend a Weekend Getaway in Port Hope

Adam and I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful town of Port Hope a couple of weeks ago. We picked up a Ford Explorer courtesy of Ford Canada, and off we went!

It was both of our first times in Port Hope, and we were super excited to explore and see what this charming little town had to offer.

Here’s where we stayed, what we did, and where we ate!

Toronto to Port Hope
We’d just gotten back from Ireland and Adam was exhausted from doing so much driving, so I took the wheel for this trip.

Not only did I not have to drive on the left side of the road – I got to drive this big guy! The Ford Explorer is the perfect road trip car, with its spacey interior and powerful, smooth drive.

I usually prefer driving SUVs anyway, but for road trips, I especially think they’re much better to drive.

The drive to Port Hope from Toronto was around an hour, so it actually wasn’t too bad.

Downtown Port Hope with red SUV

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Things to do in Port Hope
There are tons of fun things to do in Port Hope. Here are just some of the activities that we did during our fall road trip!

Play with baby goats and other cute farm animals
Pay a visit to Haute Goat and try out goat yoga with goats of all ages, see other friendly farm animals and happy puppers, and shop goat milk skincare and food products!

We didn’t get to try out the goat yoga, but it was so much fun even just watching it – I would definitely love to actually try it out next time!

You really don’t get to do much yoga with all the goats roaming around and itching for love though.

LOCATION: 1166 5th Line, Port Hope, ON | Website

Black baby goat eating twigs

White goat eating ground

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 Have a sweet treat at Frosted Flour Co.

Craving something sweet to kickstart your day? Have a little treat at Frosted Flour Co.! It’s a tiny but adorable little shop downtown with a bunch of interesting flavours of different pastries and treats.

We got the Breakfast Crunch donut and Pumpkin Streusel donut, and both were awesome. The first one was covered in Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and the second one had a tasty pumpkin filling inside!

LOCATION: 73 Mill St. South Unit 103, Port Hope, ON | Website

Two donuts from Frosted Flour Co. Port Hope

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Visit the It filming locations


Fun fact: some of It is actually filmed in Port Hope! I had no idea about this until I was looking for Instagram photo inspo the night before we arrived, and found creepy Pennywise-related photos littered under Port Hope hashtags and geotags.

While we were there, we saw American flags hanging all over the town and we even walked by an eerie carnival set.

I did manage to get some photos and videos of the set, but since we got kicked off of it, I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post any. 😉

You might be able to catch these things if you visit sooner rather than later, but even if you don’t, there are plenty of filming locations that are permanent.

I think I heard somewhere that the Paul Bunyan statue placed for the It movie is going to stay permanently, but don’t quote me on that.

Capitol Theatre

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Take a walk around downtown Port Hope
The downtown Port Hope area is a very cute little neighbourhood. The streets are lined with picturesque historical buildings, tons of boutiques to window shop and look around, and a bunch of great restaurants!

There were some cafés and ice cream spots I wanted to try while we were there, but we didn’t have time for either.

Stores in Downtown Port Hope

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Watch the salmon migration on the Ganaraska River
Watching the salmon migration right in the heart of downtown Port Hope is probably one of the coolest thing I’ve ever witnessed.

People from all over come to Port Hope during the fall to not only see, but actually fish the salmon migrating through the river.

We actually ran into one of Adam’s old acquaintances, who had just gone fishing here!

It’ll be hard to tell from the photo, but we were surprised to see so many fish just casually swimming around all these people.

Fishing at the Ganaraska River in Port Hope

Eat dinner at Olympus Burger

Olympus Burger is honestly one of the best burger places I’ve visited in the country. It’s been listed in print and on TV as one of the best burger spots in Canada, and I believe it!

I decided to go with the Zeus burger ($10.95) with a fresh beef patty, peameal bacon, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, aged white cheddar cheese, Olympus BBQ sauce (this was SO GOOD), lettuce, and tomato.

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Adam got the Apollo burger ($9.95) with a fresh beef patty, fried egg, peameal bacon, grilled aged white cheddar cheese sandwiches, lettuce, and tomato.

We absolutely loved both of our burgers! The beef patties are made fresh in-house on the daily, and they’re absolutely delicious. This is definitely a must-eat spot if you’re in town.

LOCATION: 55 Mill St. South, Port Hope, ON | Website

Food photo at Olympus Burger in Port Hope

Burger at Olympus Burger in Port Hope

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Stay overnight at the Hotel Carlyle
We stayed overnight in one of the most beautiful and unique hotels I’ve ever stayed at.

The Hotel Carlyle was built in 1857 as a branch of The Bank of Upper Canada, turned into a home and medical practice in 1882, established into Port Hope City Dairy in 1921, converted into the Carlyle Restaurant in 1986, and is now a hotel and restaurant under new ownership.

It was absolutely amazing being able to stay in a place full of such history.

The entire building is gorgeous, and the interior is super Instagram-worthy, from the hotel rooms to the lobby to the restaurant!

There’s also a delicious breakfast waiting for you in the morning – yum. Definitely worth staying overnight here for your fall weekend getaway!

LOCATION: 86 John St, Port Hope, ON | Website

Photo of a Photo at Hotel Carlyle in Port Hope

Chair at Hotel Carlyle in Port Hope

Breakfast at Hotel Carlyle in Port Hope

There were many things we didn’t get to do while we were in Port Hope, that I’d love to do next time! Horseback trail riding at Trickle Creek Farms, treetop trekking at the Ganaraska Forest Centre, and dining all things lavender at the Laveanne Lavender Fields are all on my list of things to do someday.


Here’s a summary of where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in Port Hope:

Where to stay in Port Hope
Hotel Carlyle


What to do in Port Hope
Play with baby goats
Visit the It filming locations


Walk around downtown Port Hope
Watch the salmon migration
Where to eat in Port Hope
Olympus Burger
Frosted Flour Co.


We were so sad to have to leave so soon, but it was such a fun and relaxing little fall weekend getaway.

Have you been to Port Hope before? What are some other fun things to do in Port Hope? I’d love to know in the comments!

If you’re looking for more weekend road trip ideas in Ontario, here are some other posts to give you some inspiration:

Be sure to keep up with me on Instagram @jessicailam if you aren’t already!

Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

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