Annual Salmon Migration
Anglers take note, be it the full moon, rain, advent of cooler nights, or any other cause – something incredible triggers this spectacular natural phenomenon to occur in Port Hope. Every August through to early October, thousands of Atlantic salmon migrate up the Ganaraska River from Lake Ontario to spawn.
Tourists flock to the area to photograph and watch the fish as they jump and fight against the river’s current to climb to the top. A man-made fish ladder allows visitors a close-up look at the salmon as they tirelessly swim up the Ganaraska. Planning a day off in late summer or early fall? Don’t miss the Port Hope salmon migration in action.
The Golden Shores
Steps from popular downtown restaurants, cafes and shops, lies the serenely beautiful Port Hope waterfront. Whether traveling East or West of the Ganaraska River you will find long quiet stretches of golden sandy beaches – ideal places for a refreshing swim on a hot summer afternoon. Enjoy the beach while strolling next to Lake Ontario, relaxing, reading and tanning in one of the few best kept “little-known” secret beach locations along the lake perimeter of the Golden Horseshoe. Get out of the GTA, skip work for the day and enjoy yourself with an escape to the golden shores of Port Hope.
Float your Fanny Down the Ganny
This annual event commemorates the resilience of the Port Hope residents who survived a most devastating flood to rebuild and restore the community to the beautiful place it is today. Each year Port Hope residents gather on the river banks to challenge the Ganaraska with a flotilla of homemade crafts. Experience Port Hope’s most authentic small-town Canadian event. Visit us the first weekend of April and join thousands of residents and tourists as they witness these makeshift crafts navigate the ice-cold water. Cold-weather attire is a must to brave the frigid late-winter temperatures at the river’s edge. An extraordinary way to enjoy Port Hope and an exciting day away from the office.