Port Hope is a small community of 16,000 nestled between Highway 401 and 2 along the north shore of Lake Ontario, about 110 km east of Toronto. The town is located where the Ganaraska River flows into Lake Ontario, and was settled by United Empire Loyalists who were given land grants following the American Revolution. The town was a major manufacturing centre in the late 1800s, and has managed to retain much of its period charm over the past century. The recently opened (2003) Northumberland Hills Hospital is only 10 minutes away
Port Hope has 7 elementary schools, 1 high school and 1 private school, the renowned Trinity College School.
Port Hope has a vibrant and historic downtown shopping district (recognized by TVO as the Best Preserved Mainstreet in Ontario) with many unique specialty shops, and a Farmers Market
Port Hope has 2 ice arenas, 2 indoor pools, 2 golf courses, the 1930 Capital Theatre (for dance, music and film), and 2 museums. The town's recreation facilities attract 300,000 users a year.
Single family detached homes average $195,000, Semi-detached homes $140,000, townhouses $145,000, and condominiums$120,000.