Canada Day


Port Hope Virtual Canada Day Logo

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government's mandate to maintain physical distancing, the Municipality of Port Hope is celebrating Canada Day virtually. We sure hope you join us!

A message from the Mayor Bob Sanderson - we're in this together!

The many ways to celebrate in Port Hope

On July 1, we are singing the National Anthem at 11:00 a.m. sharp, followed by a community-wide cheer. We are offering virtual fireworks, a guided yoga session, craft ideas and photo submission opportunities. We invite you to participate in the Port Hope Pancake and #frommyporch art challenge! Details below.

Port Hope town hall with Canada flag flying Because it wouldn’t feel like one of our signature events unless we did something as a community, even if from home. On July 1, we invite the whole community to sing the national anthem from their front porch, lawn, balcony or driveway. We want to encourage everyone to raise their voices and unite in the singing of O Canada at 11:00 a.m. sharp.

Fun fact: the singing of the national anthem will take place at the time our traditional parade would have begun. 

Fun fact number two: This year is the 40th anniversary of our national anthem!

So, plan to swing open those doors and share your singing voices with us. Following the singing of the national anthem, we encourage everyone to let out a joyous call. Wave the Canadian flag, bang your pots and pans, cheer your happy thoughts and let’s celebrate our great nation, our wonderful community and our neighbourhoods with some noise!

Share this invitation with your family, friends and neighbours and let’s raise our collective voices and spirits in this celebratory act. We have shared a noise-maker craft (see tab below) to help inspire your participation.

A collection of supplies

Ain’t no party like a Canada Day party, amiright?

After we all raise our voices in the singing of O Canada on July 1 at 11:00 a.m., let's MAKE SOME NOISE!

We encourage the use of musical instruments, pots and pans and air horns. Don’t have those? How about trying your hand at creating homemade hullabaloo.

Make these noise-maker crafts in advance of July 1 and share your crafting photos with us. Here are a couple of at-home activities to get you into the celebratory mood:

Water Bottle Noise Maker
What you will need:
• Water Bottle (or plastic jar) empty
• Tissue Paper
• Ribbon
• Glue
• Rice, beans or small rocks

Directions: Locate a clean, empty water bottle, or plastic jar. Decorate the outside any way your creativity guides you. A simple way to add colour is to use tissue paper and glue. Then add the rice, beans or rocks into the container. Tie a fancy ribbon around the top, because, this is a party after all!

Paper Plate Noise Maker 
What you will need:
• Paper Plates
• Glue/stapler
• Popsicle Stick
• Tissue Paper
• Ribbon
• Rice, beans or small rocks
• Any other decorations at home you would like to use

Directions: First take a paper plate and pour rice on it. Take your glue and put it around the edge of your paper plate. Then glue your popsicle stick to the plate. Take another paper plate and place it on top of the paper plate with the glue. You can also use a stapler to staple the two paper plates together. Decorate your paper plate rattle that thing like it is your country’s birthday!  

Canadian shaped pancakes - beaver, goose, maple leaf 2019 was the first year the Municipality of Port Hope, in partnership with the Youth Action Committee and the Port Hope Police Service, offered a free pancake breakfast in Memorial Park for Canada Day. We served up fresh flapjacks, sausages and of course maple syrup.

To keep the tradition going this year, we invite you to whip up your own variation from home and share photos with us. Let’s call it "The Great Port Hope Pancake Challenge!"

We invite the entire Municipality to get creative with their pancakes on July 1 and share photos on social media with hashtags #porthope #canadaday #phpancakes. You can also upload photos direct to

We cannot wait to see who will go traditional, who will get fancy with shapes and decorating; we are even looking forward to the #fails. We are all in the together, perfect pancake or not.

Need a little inspiration? Grab a box of pancake mix, or try this scratch recipe below:

Pancake Recipe 
• 1 cup flour
• 2 tbps white sugar
• 1 tbps of baking powder
• 1 tsp of salt
• 1 egg, beaten
• 2 tbps vegetable oil
• Additional ingredients could include strawberries, banana’s, candies, food colouring  - the opportunities are endless!

Directions: In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, egg and oil. Mix until smooth. Heat and grease your griddle. Medium heat is best. Pour the batter onto the griddle and lightly brown on both sides. Dress with butter and maple syrup for a classic taste – or – get unconventional with your toppings!

Join the challenge at - make pancakes and post your pictures to be eligible to win cupcakes.

Canada Day decorations Help us showcase what you love most about Canada!

We have partnered with our friends at Critical Mass Art to encourage the community to create public art displays for Canada Day.

Using items you have around your home, create a display on your front porch, your lawn, balcony, or in your windows, showing what you love most about Canada.

Three main contest categories include: your favourite Canadian animal; favourite Canadian pastime; or favourite Canadian artists/artwork.

We may be physically distanced, but we can all feel connected by sharing what we love most about Canada, bringing that collective festive feeling to our neigbourhoods.

Don’t forget about the nighttime for your displays! Bring out those Christmas lights or summer twinkly lights to incorporate into your display. You can even use those lights to spell out what you love most about Canada (for example, "poutine" or "butter tarts")!

Here’s how the challenge works:
1. Create a public art display on your front porch, lawn, balcony, or in your windows (using materials and found objects you already have at home) that show what you love most about Canada.

Three main categories include: fave Canadian animal; fave Canadian pastime; fave Canadian artist/artwork.

2. Take photo of your display & post it to your Facebook or Instagram feed 

3. Use the hashtags #frommyporch, #porthope, and #canadaday

4. Tag on Facebook &/or @criticalmassart on Instagram

5. Tell your friends & neighbours

When you tag @criticalmassart you'll be considered for a chance to win a prize! There will be a top prize for 3 categories, and 1 randomly selected overall prize. The draw will take place on July 1 and announced July 2 via Critical Mass Art social channels.

Join the challenge at - post your pictures to be eligible to win cupcakes.

Woman doing yogaSpraoi Yoga has been offering a community yoga experience as part of the Port Hope Canada Day event for many years. This free session typically takes place at 10:00 a.m., in the open air in downtown Port Hope. We may not be able to gather in the park, but we have partnered with Spraoi to offer this guided session again this year – from the comfort of your own home, or cottage or backyard (you get the idea!).

Our friends at Spraoi have put together a guided yoga session

Tag Spraoi Yoga on Facebook to let them know you participated!

Retro truck participating in Show N Shine The car show at the Port Hope Canada Day event has been running strong for 25 years. Every July 1, over 100 classic and custom vehicles go on display in Rotary Park and the front lawn of Town Hall. This operation takes shape due to the many helping hands of local volunteers and enthusiastic car owners.

This year, we are inviting you to show us your ride, from your driveway

Snap a photo of you with your shiny vehicle and share it on social media using the hashtags #porthope #canadaday #shownshine. OR Join the challenge at to be eligible to win cupcakes

We know how much you love live music from the historic bandshell, because we love it that much too. The experience of witnessing people with their feet in the grass, sharing in the groove is enough to make our hearts overflow. It is such a joy to see Memorial Park animated in this way and we feel the loss of not being able to provide this experience on July 1. We promise that next year, our Canada Day concert will delight.

In the meantime, check out a few videos from some of our favourite local bands.


Fireworks in Port Hope on a phoneOk, so hear us out. We love a good fireworks display. Our Port Hope firework show has been making a statement for years, and next year, we are going to wow you with a spectacular presentation.

For this year, we have teamed up with Snapd to offer a virtual augmented reality experience.

Visit the Snapd Hub App on July 1, 2020 for a firework display through their augmented reality app.

The virtual fireworks will be available in Port Hope on July 1 starting at noon; noting that the experience might be best viewed after dark. Here’s how you can participate in the free experience – from anywhere:

Step 1: Download the Snapd HUB App (on Android or iOS)

Step 2: Click on Menu [You can sign in to share your photos on this platform!]

Step 3: On July 1 – anytime afternoon 12:00 p.m. - click on the AR icon in the App and open the AR Library to access the fireworks.

Step 4: Follow the prompts and enjoy the show.

For more information about the Snapd app, contact:

We might be biased, but we think Port Hope is the best community in all of Canada! Our celebration looks a little different this year, but it was made possible by the generous and creative support of these great organizations: 

Thank you to all our partners and sponsors!

Check out the national Canada Day program of events. 

Tune into the Daytime Show at 1:00 p.m. with hosts Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord, for a look at Canada Day across the Country.

Enjoy the Evening Show at 8:00 p.m. that will feature original artistic collaborations between performers, and a montage of the best Canada Day fireworks from past years.

Lots of interactive, creative and educational activites can be found in the Celebration Toolkit

The wide range of programming invites you to cook together, get active together, innovate together, discover together and celebrate together with those from coast to coast! 


Be sure to check out the wide range of Port Hope businesses who can help you find what you need (and just plain want - it is a holiday afterall, treat yourself!) as you prepare for your at-home July 1 celebration.

Visit the Locals Support Local website for a list of businesses that are open, providing delivery or curb-side pick up.

Festivités entourant la Fête du Canada à Port Hope

En cette période de pandémie de COVID-19, nous devons maintenir les mesures de distanciation physique préconisées par le gouvernement. La Municipalité de Port Hope va donc organiser des festivités virtuelles pour souligner la Fête du Canada, et nous espérons que vous y participerez!

Voici comment vous pourrez le faire :

Chantons ensemble
Le 1er juillet, tout le monde est invité à sortir de la maison à 11 h tapant pour chanter l’hymne national depuis la véranda, la pelouse, le balcon ou l’entrée de garage. Nous vous encourageons à pousser la voix et à chanter d’un seul cœur pour souligner ensemble le 40e anniversaire de l’hymne national.

Concours de photos
Le programme des festivités de la Fête du Canada comprend trois concours de photos. Prenez une photo de votre véhicule de collection, participez au concours de crêpes du Grand Port Hope ou encore décorez votre véranda puis publiez vos photos sur pour courir la chance de gagner les petits gâteaux de la Fête du Canada.

Feux d’artifice virtuels
Cette année, nous nous sommes associés à Snapd pour enrichir votre expérience de la réalité virtuelle. Pour voir les feux d’artifice virtuels, téléchargez l’application Snapd Hub (pour Android ou iOS) et suivez les instructions. Les feux d’artifice seront disponibles le 1er juillet à midi; mais pour en profiter pleinement, regardez-les à la nuit tombée.

Consultez le site des célébrations nationales. Vous y trouverez une foule de productions canadiennes, une trousse de célébration et d’autres programmes interactifs permettant à tous les Canadiens de s’unir.

Bonne fête du Canada!

We understand this year has been a hard adjustment and we too feel sad about missing our community party in the park. The Municipality of Port Hope appreciates your patience and participation throughout this unprecedented time.

For more information about how to get involved with the Port Hope Canada Day Celebrations, contact Jeannie Maidens at 

Eligible Canada Day photo submissions, via, with name and email, will be entered into a photo contest for the “Canada Day Cupcakes”.

THE PRIZE: Twelve (12) residents of Port Hope, will be awarded one half-dozen (6) cupckaes from Queenies Bake Shop. What's a party without cake?

The “Canada Day Photo Submission Contest” is open to residents of Port Hope, ON, who, at the time of participation, have reached the age of 16 years. Employees of the Municipality of Port Hope, their immediate families (parents, children, siblings, spouse) or members of the same household (whether related or not) of such are not eligible to enter.

The contest period will open on June 4, 2020 and close on July 1, 2020.

All entries must be returned by final close date of July 1, 2020, 23:59:59 (EDT) in order to be eligible for prize draw. Entries become the property of the Municipality of Port Hope and will not be returned or acknowledged.

No purchase is necessary or required to enter and to win.

This contest is void outside of Ontario. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook or Instagram.

You will receive one (1) entry in the contest upon submission of any themed Canada Day photo to one of the photo submission opportunities on

The contest is open to people aged 16 and over who provide their name and email address when submitting a Canada Day photo to

Entrants into the photo contest shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions about how to enter or in connection with the photo contest, please e-mail  

Following the end of the applicable contest period, the Municipality of Port Hope will select twelve (12) entrants from all eligible entries received during the contest period, unless otherwise indicated. Each entrant shall be eligible to win only one (1) prize. Any remaining entries will not be carried over for entry in any future contests.

The prize is non-transferable, is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as awarded. By entering the contest, entrants agree to abide by these rules, and the decisions of the Municipality of Port Hope are final on all matters regarding this contest. The qualifying winner will be notified by email on July 2, 2020. The winners must sign a claim form in order to claim their prize. Winners will receive their prize on July 3, 2020, delivered to their Port Hope residence.

Approximate prize value: $20

If the selected entrant does not respond within one day of notification, they will be disqualified and will not receive a prize and another entrant may be selected (as determined by the Municipality in its sole discretion) until such time as an entrant satisfies the terms set out herein. The Municipality is not responsible for the failure for any reason whatsoever of a selected entrant to receive notification or for the Sponsors to receive a selected entrant’s response.

To be declared a winner, the selected entrant must confirm they meet the contest eligibility criteria and otherwise complies with the Official Rules.

The personal information gathered from contest entrants in connection with the contest will be kept in a secure and confidential database and will not be rented or sold. Personal information of the contest entrants will be used solely for the administration of the contest and will be destroyed following the completion of the contest.

By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the Municipality of Port Hope, and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, and co-Municipality of Port Hopes, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this contest or any contest related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any credit awarded hereunder.

By entering this contest, participants accept that the Municipality of Port Hope uses their entries (where applicable) in their promotions and web site. Participation in this contest and acceptance of the prize constitute the winners permission for the Municipality of Port Hope to use their names, photographs, biographical information, and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the contest without notice of additional compensation.

The Municipality of Port Hope, its officers, employees and agents or representatives, their immediate family and persons with whom they are domiciled, are not responsible for lost, late or misdirected entries, will be disqualified. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules or attempt to interfere or tamper with this contest in any way shall be disqualified. The Municipality of Port Hope is not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone, or other communication malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, website, Internet, or ISP availability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to enter the contest.

If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Municipality of Port Hope, that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest, the Municipality of Port Hope reserves the right to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest.

This contest complies with all Canadian laws. This contest is operated and administered by the Municipality of Port Hope.