Port Hope is a pretty and well kept little town on Lake Ontario.
Whenever we drove to Montreal we left HWY 401 to enjoy lunch in downtown.
We love to see nicely restored heritage buildings.
Whenever the weather allows it we sit outside to watch the people and the scenery.
When we talked to the waitress we learned that every year a guided tour is offered to see all these landmarks houses and churches. Unfortunately we never participated so far.
Having grown up in Europe we were glad to see a town which respects this treasures from the past. I am sure that Elizabeth, my wife who was born and grew up in Canada would love it too.
The town hall - many thanks to "Hermann Luyken" and Wikipedia
Port Hope has also an unique theater which should give visitors to be outside. Ask for the "Capitol Theatre". Unfortunately, we missed to visit it.
We were told that it had been renovated. But we are not aware of the changes. Not only theater is performed there. Please watch the video below.
As you can see it is very often worth to exit from a big highway to visit small towns. Good restaurants and friendly people are the reward.
We had a delicious lunch here
Port Hope did a great job in maintaining downtown. Many other places missed the opportunity to do that. Heritage buildings and people enjoying downtown create a special flair.
After our lunch we walked a little be around and were very pleased what we saw and discovered. For us it was more interesting than the big shopping malls with all the chain stores.
Many thanks to the majors and the councils who achieved that. Now only a fish ladder should be built for the poor salmons to allow them to reach their spawning grounds in the river. In Newfoundland they had them in many places which we had visited.
That could become another tourist attraction!
The "Ganaraska River" in Port Hope
"Pointe Aux Barques" close to Port Hope - many thanks to "Stefan" and Wikipedia
I hope that you are as lucky as we have been and that you will not start to glow in the night. Port Hope is known as the Canadian place where the largest amount of low radio active waste is stored. This waste is the left over when radium was extracted from uranium ore to produce fluorescent paint and to fight cancer.
In Germany there are some caves were you have to pay get exposed to radon.
As far as I know Port Hope is still hoping that a place can be found for this waste. Naturally, we did not carry a contamination meter with us and we also will not purchase one before we visit Port Hope again and so far we are also confident that the nuclear power plant in nearby Newcastle will remain safe.
So please do not avoid Port Hope and its surroundings. There is always something new to discover. Visit Cobourg and the Rice Lake or just play an explorer.
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