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Walking & Driving Tours in Port Hope

Hit the road and explore Port Hope and the beautiful surrounding countryside of Northumberland County! For even more trails, visit our hiking page or cycling page.

Urban Port Hope

HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR
Be your own tour guide! Drive or walk this tour, authored by the HBIA, of Port Hope’s heritage downtown to learn more about the town’s incredible history and architecture. From floods & fires to literally picking up a building and moving it, the Historic Walking Tour gives you a glimpse into Port Hope’s past. Pick up a free paper copy from the Visitors Centre at 20 Queen Street, or follow along on the Google Map right from your smartphone.

For a limited time, free guided tours will be available on Saturdays at 4:00pm. Please visit the calendar of events for more information.

IT Filming Location - Quality Meats door with red balloonIT FILMING LOCATION WALKING TOUR
If you’re wondering why Port Hope might look familiar to you, Stephen King’s IT was filmed in the downtown area in 2016. Follow this walking tour map (or stop by the Visitors Centre for a paper copy) to check out the main filming locations in the downtown area. This tour will point out how downtown Port Hope was transformed into Derry, Maine where a group of kids were terrorized by Pennywise, the dancing clown. Don’t worry, our town is not as scary as it appears on screen! 

Rural Port Hope

Taking a drive through our beautiful surrounding countryside, you will spot century-old churches and historic cemeteries, quaint villages with one-room school houses now made into residences, charming mills and even an old tobacco kiln. Our spectacular rolling farmland and scenic hilltop views are second to none, especially in the fall when the leaves paint the rolling Northumberland hills, which also makes for beautiful photo opportunities! And, don’t forget to stop and enjoy the incredible panoramic view at Richardson’s Lookout, just south of the village of Garden Hill.

Come to the Visitors Centre at 20 Queen Street (in the same building as the restored Capitol Theatre) for a free Driving Tour map or access our Google Map right from your smartphone. Additionally pick up one of Northumberland Tourism's popular brochures "Top 5 Driving Routes."  

Barn Quilt Tour 2019 ACO PORT HOPE HISTORIC BARN QUILT TRAIL DRIVING TOUR
The Barn Quilt Project is a scenic trail of 23 heritage barns throughout urban and rural Port Hope. Many of the barns have been selected for both their architectural significance as well as their ongoing economic contribution to the community. Visit our Google Maps Barn Quilt Trail or stop by our Visitors Centre for a map booklet. Visit the Barn Quilt Trail website for more information.

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