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 Our Canada Day Celebration is a program of virtual and self-guided activities for the whole family.

The traditional parade, party in the park and firework components have been cancelled for 2021, in accordance with COVID public health guidelines. 

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Check out your virtual experience itinerary

Thanks to our partners and sponsors, we present free experiences, both online and around town,
to help you find that festive feeling this July.

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Self-Guided Canada Day Hike

The great outdoors is synonymous with Canada, and here in Port Hope, we have a wide range of trails and green spaces to explore. This July, get outside, and breathe in that fresh air!

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Oh Canada: Photo Challenge

The people of Port Hope are invited to submit photos that show what you love about Canada. Images can be original or edited. Click below for more details and to submit your entry.

Port Hope Celebrates Canada!

Canada Day is a nation-wide celebration and a long-standing Port Hope tradition. We've reinvented our program to safely connect us as friends, neighbours and Canadians this July.
Check out the details below and follow our Facebook event for regular updates. 

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Pancake Pickup

The Port Hope Rotary Club is modifying our Canada Day pancake breakfast tradition! Pre-order for pick up on July 1st.

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Outdoor Yoga

Try an outdoor yoga session to stretch out this holiday. It's free, but pre-registration is required to reserve your spot. 

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Watch Party

Watch Storm the Palace perform your favourite tunes and turn your living room into your very own dance floor!

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Soper Creek

Get to know some of the Canadian wildlife at the Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue Centre with this educational video.

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Goat Yoga

Register for a goat yoga session at Haute Goat Farm. Limited spaces are available for this adorably soul satisfying experience.

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Mini Putt

Pre-register for a family tee-time on our outdoor six-hole mini putt course. Limited spaces available for groups up to 5ppl.

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Official Merch

Check out the official catalog of Port Hope themed Canada Day merchandise designed by locals Jeff + Luke. Celebrate in style!

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Wagon Rides

Visit our beautiful downtown this July 1 and take a free horse-drawn carriage ride between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 

Acknowledging our past and looking to the future

We acknowledge that we are located on the traditional territory of the Mississauga Nations. 

A message from the Lieutenant Governor:

On July 1 we reflect on the heritage of our Nation and seek to learn more about our history. If you're interested in learning more, the University of Alberta offers a free online course called Indigenous Canada, which explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.

Explore more Canadian content

We wish you a safe Canada Day and hope you explore and celebrate what being Canadian means to you.

 National Film Board of Canada

Typically, we host an outdoor movie in Memorial Park to kick-off our Canada Day Celebration. We hope to bring this tradition back in 2022 and are seeking your votes for which throwback film to show next. Have your say over on our Canada Day Facebook event page!

In the meantime, explore a wide range of Canadian content posted on the National Film Board of Canada. Films can be streamed free of charge, or downloaded for a small fee in both French and English. Their collection includes documentaries, animations, experimental films as well as a wide selection of stories about the environment, human rights, the arts and so much more. 

Recommended Canadian Reads

Our friends at the Port Hope Public Library have put together the following Top 5 lists to help you explore the work of some Canadian authors this summer. 

Check out the lists below and contact the Library to borrow a copy, or reach out to them on their social media channels to let them know what your favourite Canadian reads are!

Top 5 Canadian Reads

  1. Never Cry Wolf (by Farley Mowat)
  2. Ysabel (by Guy Gavriel Kay)
  3. Dear Life (by Alice Munro)
  4. Life of Pi (by Yann Martel)
  5. Birth House (by Ami McKay)

Top 5 NEW Canadian Books

  1. Pull of the Stars (by Emma Donaghue)
  2. Russian Sister (by Caroline Adderson)
  3. Glass Hotel (by Emily St. John Mandel)
  4. All the Devils are Here (by Louise Penny)
  5. Bomber Mafia (by Malcolm Gladwell)

Top 5 Canadian Children's Books

  1. Anne of Green Gables (by L.M. Montgomery)
  2. The Hockey Sweater (by Roch Carrier)
  3. The Paper Bag Princess (by Robert Munsch)
  4. Alligator Pie (by Dennis Lee)
  5. Owls in the Family (by Farley Mowat)

Top 5 Canadian Authors

  1. Alice Munro
  2. Margaret Atwood
  3. Richard Wagamese
  4. L.M. Montgomery
  5. Michael Ondaatje

Happy reading, everyone!

Free Popcorn

This Canada Day between 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., The Capitol Theatre invites you to stop by under the marquee for a FREE bag of freshly popped popcorn! The Capitol Team will fill the air with Canadian music and you will learn more about all of the incredible things coming up at the Capitol. BUT that’s not all, for anyone who stops by they will have a shot at winning a Capitol Canada Day Prize Pack valued at over $300. Want to know how to WIN? You’ll have to drop in to find out.

Free Freezies

Swing by Lent Lane for a cold treat this July 1 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Members of the FBC Port Hope congregation will be hanging out in Lent Lane handing out free feezies. Please note, COVID-safe protocols are in place: please wear a mask (or face-covering) and practice patience and safe physical distancing while in the line up. Hand sanitizer will be made available. 

Stay safe, and stay cool!

Colouring Sheet

Local artist, Leslie Smith, has drawn Town Hall and invites you to add colour.

Leslie has been supporting the Port Hope Canada Day event for many years by creating handcrafted photobooth backdrops and other colourful props for our traditional event in the park. This year, her efforts have also gone virtual with this sketch of town hall for you to download. 

Click the image below, save the file, and print from your computer.

Town Hall colouring page

Outdoor Yoga details

Try an outdoor yoga session to stretch out this holiday. It's free, but pre-registration is required to reserve your spot for either the 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. class. We will monitor registration and add a third class at 11:00 a.m. if there is enough interest.

Yoga will take place at the Town Park Grounds (62 McCaul Street) in groups of 10 people with a certified yoga instructor.

This yoga class is designed for all levels of abilities. The poses will help strengthen your muscles, promote flexibility, and improve your ability to focus on your breath. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and ready to take on the day. 

Please bring your own matt (or towel) and water to stay hydrated. Washrooms will be available at the north end of the Rec Centre.

Registration for outdoor Canada Day yoga is open.

Register for yoga

Mini Putt details

Tee times are currently full, please check back for cancellations

We will be transforming the parking lot at the Town Park Recreation Centre (62 McCaul Street) into an outdoor mini putt course, featuring 6 holes and a selection of carnival games.

Register your family (or social bubble) for a tee time on July 1. Registration for groups of up to 5 people is open. Once you've registered, we will call you back to confirm the members of your group.

Registration is free, and we kindly request that you only select one tee time so that other families have equal opportunity to participate as well.

All golfers will be required to complete COVID screening and wear a mask while on site. All equipment will be sanitized between use. All bookings spread out throughout the day to manage gathering limit restrictions; in the event of a delay for your start time, we apologies and request that you please wait in our dedicated waiting area to support physical distancing efforts.

Empire Crossing is gifting all registered golfers a special, individually wrapped treat! Please consider bringing sun protection, and water to stay hydrated. Washrooms will be available at the north end of the Rec Centre.

Register for mini putt

Wagon ride details

Take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage throughout the downtown this holiday Thursday!

The rides are being provided by Lunn's Horse and Carriage Service on July 1 from  11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The pick up location is Rotary Park, on Queen Street, right across the road from Memorial Park.

COVID-safe protocols are in place, limiting riders to the same family or social bubble; the carriage can hold up to 4 people at a time. Riders are encouraged to wear a mask (or face-covering) while waiting to board and while on carriage. Please practice patience and safe physical distancing while in the line up. One member from each family must sign-in before boarding; hand sanitizer will be made available. 

The free rides are sponsored by Sheila Drew, Sales Representative ReMax Lakeshore Realty Inc. Brokerage.

Soper Creek Canadian Wildlife

Get to know some of the Canadian wildlife at the Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue Centre with this educational video. 

National Celebration

Check out the nation-wide Celebration for a top-notch cross-Canada production, a celebration toolkit and other interactive programming to unite us from coast to coast.

Happy Canada Day!!

Heart of Unity

Check out “Heart of Unity," a Canada Day song dedicated to our front-line heroes and Canadian leaders. The video was produced by Central Ontario Broadcasting and composed by Canadian musicians. It covers recent and current events and celebrates Canadians' coming together for the greater good. This initiative is also raising funds for food banks who have been hit hard during the pandemic and will continue to see great demand.

Watch Heart of Unity - June 30, 7:00 p.m.

Port Hope célèbre la Fête du Canada – French

Étant donné la pandémie de COVID-19 et le mandat du gouvernement de maintenir une distance physique, la municipalité de Port Hope fait un accroc à la tradition cette année. Mais pour ne rien changer à l’esprit de la fête, nous vous proposons une série d’activités virtuelles et en présence. Veuillez noter qu’il faut s’inscrire préalablement à toutes les activités en présence, car les places seront limitées.

La Fête du Canada est célébrée dans tout le pays, et Port Hope célèbre cet anniversaire depuis bien longtemps. Cette année, nous avons réinventé notre programme pour pouvoir tout de même fêter tous ensemble – amis, voisins et concitoyens – en ce 1er juillet. Voici la gamme d’activités que nous vous proposons:

Si quelque chose est propre au Canada, c’est bien le plein air! Et ici, à Port Hope, nous pouvons compter sur un large éventail de sentiers et d’espaces verts qui n’attendent que vous. En juillet, sortez et remplissez vos poumons d’air frais lors d’une randonnée autoguidée.

Prenez une photo et participez à notre concours de photos; les habitants de Port Hope sont invités à soumettre des photos illustrant ce qui leur plaît tout particulièrement au Canada. Il peut s’agir d’images originales ou retouchées et nous les publierons dans un album virtuel.

Commandez à l'avance un petit-déjeuner de crêpes, inscrivez-vous à une séance de yoga en plein air, à une partie de mini-putt ou commandez des articles officiels de la Fête du Canada à Port Hope

Faites une promenade en calèche dans le centre-ville, arrêtez-vous au Capitol Theatre pour commander un sac de maïs soufflé gratuit, ou déambulez sur Lent Lane avec un freezie bien froid. Consultez la liste des lectures recommandées, téléchargez une feuille à colorier et écoutez le concert virtuel de Storm the Palace.

Jetez un coup d’œil aux festivités nationales qui auront lieu partout au Canada et à d’autres programmes interactifs qui nous réuniront d’un bout à l’autre du pays.

Nous vous souhaitons une bonne Fête du Canada et espérons que vous explorerez et célébrerez ce que signifie pour vous le fait d’être Canadien et Canadienne.

Bonne Fête du Canada!

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