family holding hands walking along a sandy beach on a summer day

Please note that some outdoor recreation amenities are closed per the current Provincial Stay at Home Order. Review the list on our COVID-19 What's Open page. 

Notice regarding parks and trails

Trails are open for the purposes of permitting persons to walk through or use portions of the park or recreational area. Playgrounds, outdoor parks, and recreational areas, off-leash dog parks and benches in parks will remain open and can be used by children if both the children and their parents can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others.

The Municipality of Port Hope hosts two main public beaches. Our East and West beaches are fantastic places to unwind. These beaches provide a quiet place to take a dip or enjoy a sunset. Playgrounds and picnic areas are available close by.

The beaches are not lifeguarded, please use at your own risk. Lifejackets are recommended for boating, and dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Water readings are completed weekly and are made available by the HKPR Health Unit

East Beach

The East Beach is located at Mill Street South and Madison Street. This beach has a sandy bottom for swimming and also has a playground. Public washrooms are available at the nearby Marina building (May-October). Access to the Waterfront Trail is available from the East Beach.

West Beach

The West Beach is located on Marsh Street. This beach is a mix of sand and rocky shore and is very natural in state. The West Beach has a playground and portable washroom.

Caldwell Street Beach

This beach is located to the east of East Beach on Lake Ontario and has a sandy bottom for swimming with trail access to the Waterfront Trail