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The Municipality of Port Hope is proud of our rich past. We work hard to maintain the stories of our community through the preservation of our beautiful heritage properties.

Committees and Permits

With two Heritage Conservation Districts and many more individually designated heritage properties, Port Hope’s cultural heritage resources are a glimpse into the community’s past. Identification, protection, conservation, and celebration of Port Hope’s historical assets are essential to maintaining Port Hope’s unique character and charm. 

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Heritage Port Hope Advisory Committee

Learn more about our history and how it lives on through the Municipal Heritage Committee.

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Heritage Incentives Advisory Committee

Learn more about this committee and Heritage Incentives Programs.

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Heritage Permits

If you want to make changes to a designated property, you will be required to submit a Heritage Permit application.

Historical Resources

Port Hope is older than Canada and our agricultural roots go back generations. Learn more about the history of Port Hope through these resources. 

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Indigenous Land

A Land Acknowledgement is a statement recognizing the relationship between Indigenous peoples and their traditional territories. Read about the meaning and uses for the Municipality's Indigenous Land Acknowledgement. 

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Historic Walking Tours and More

Learn about Port Hope's heritage and history through the eyes of a tourist. Take a self-guided walking tour and learn about some of Port Hope's big personalities and historical figures.

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Port Hope Public Library

Check out the Port Hope Public Library for newspaper archives, genealogy and more Port Hope history. See acclaimed Port Hope author Farley Mowat's personal book collection and Farley's Lookout.

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The Port Hope Archives

Discover the historic maps, post cards and photos of Port Hope. Do self-guided research using the reading room resources or pay a small fee which gets you one-on-one learning with an experienced Archivist.