Welcome to the Municipality of Port Hope. We are a remarkably picturesque community located on the shore of Lake Ontario and the Northumberland Hills. With a population of 16,500 and thriving business and tourism sectors, our Municipality has a robust Economic Development strategy in place and we are well-position for long-term growth and sustainability.
Our dedicated Municipal Council believes strongly in serving our community and is committed to strong, responsible leadership for the greater good with an emphasis on fiscal responsibility, responsiveness to community issues and needs, accountability, and citizen empowerment. The Municipality of Port Hope Staff at every level is committed to providing customer service excellence through responsive, efficient delivery.
Our Corporate Strategic Plan sets out our vision for the community, the mission and operating principles of the Municipality, and Council's priorities to 2014. Grounded in our guiding principles of transparency and accountability, responsiveness and participation, collaboration and cooperation, integrity, innovation, and public and corporate safety, the plan identifies specific goals and directions that the Municipality will actively pursue to achieve our priorities.
Port Hope is an active, vibrant, healthy, and caring community. Our Official Plan reflects our dedication to diversity, balance and progressive economic growth. Our inspiring culture provides our residents and visitors with a diverse range of activities and associations to suit every interest. Our urban/rural heritage figures prominently in our dedication to preserving our past and embracing our future. We have attracted widespread recognition for our historical architecture including being named "best-preserved Main Street in Ontario" and feature over 270 designated heritage buildings, the highest number per capita in Canada. Port Hope's vibrant urban core is surrounded by spectacular rambling rural countryside with farmland, rural hamlets and the beautiful Ganaraska Forest.
Residential options are as varied as our landscape - Victorian mansions, condominiums, hobby farms and a growing number of custom-built new homes. Residents enjoy numerous opportunities to suit every lifestyle with a wide variety of employment opportunities, leisure and education pursuits all complemented by an exceptional quality of life. The municipal transit system offers easy accessibility for all throughout our urban core and we are easily accessible by the 401 and regular VIA rail service to the Quebec City-Windsor corridor.
Port Hope offers something for everyone - treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of our many excellent restaurants or luxurious accommodations in a local inn or B & B. Visit an art gallery or take in a live show at the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre offering year-round entertainment for all ages and interests. We are home to a number of annual festivals and special events and our top-class salmon and trout fishing help make Port Hope the ideal tourist destination for a day trip or a weekend.
Our Municipal Council and residents are proud to call Port Hope our home and we encourage you to join us. Spend a day indulging in our exceptional entertainment and shopping opportunities, start or grow your business in our flourishing commercial sector or become a permanent member of our extraordinary community.
Welcome to Port Hope!