Summer time means exploring, going out and enjoying God’s wonderful creation. I told myself that every weekend of summer, we need to spend it outdoor and its a good way to stay away from our gadgets and unwind after a busy work week.
So off we go and explore… Port Hope here we come!
Port Hope is a municipality in Southern Ontario, Canada and good thing it is just one hour drive from Toronto. It is located at the mouth of the Ganaraska River on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in the west end of Northumberland County. Port Hope’s nearest urban neighbour (7 km to the east) is the Town of Cobourg, while between them and surrounding Cobourg is the Township of Hamilton. ( taken from Wikipedia )
First stop after eating our brunch is at Primitive Designs. Per TripAdvisor, Primitive Designs is the #1 on the Things to do in Port Hope. It’s a retail shop with many interesting stuffs for sale. Big Robots made from recycled materials, tables, decors made of wood and much more. If you’re visiting Port Hope do stop by here and marvel at the things they have on display and for sale.
Next stop on our list is the Port Hope Conservation Area, unfortunately we were not able to go to this place simply because we cannot find it. Sadly, we didn’t ask for direction so we just move on to our next destination.
Third on our list is the very relaxed and quaint Lavender Field Leveanne. It’s a small field but so relaxing and so romantic simple because of the lavenders all around. Luckily when we went there the Lavenders have already bloomed making the surrounding beautiful and bees are currently pollinating them. So serene to be in this place.
Fourth stop is the Canadian Firefighter Museum which is a small museum that holds artifacts that tells the story of firefighting across Canada. There is no fee to to visit this museum but donations are very much welcome. Staffs are very accommodating and they will gladly tell you something about the artifacts on display. They even have a station there where your kids or even adults can dress up as firefighters.
Nearby Canadian Fire Fighter Museum is Port Hope Marina, where kids where able to enjoy the playground and hubby was able to walk along the beach.
Our final stops is the Heritage Business District on ( Downtown ), this brings back memories from the past, the beautiful architectural buildings is sort of a trip to memory lane especially if you are seeing vintage cars being driven around. It’s nice walking around Walton Street and going into the different shops and browsing thru items that they are selling.
The Visitor Centre of Port Hope is located just right beside Capitol Theatre. Did you know that Capitol Theatre is the last atmospheric theatre operating in Canada? Yes, it is! My daughter and I got the chance to take a peek inside the theatre and it was really nice inside. The ceiling is designed like as if you are inside a garden house, very cozy and personal. If I will be back in Port Hope, I would sure want to experience watching a play there.
After walking around Walton Road, we just strolled around the area before we headed back to Toronto. It was a fun-filled day for us and it was a nice way to spend the day seeing new things and exploring Ontario.
That’s it for now! I’m already planning for our next adventure!
Links you may want to check out:
Port Hope: http://visitporthope.ca/visit
Canadian Fire Fighters Museum : http://www.firemuseumcanada.com
Things to do in Port Hope: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attractions-g499290-Activities-Port_Hope_Ontario.html
Leveanne : http://laveanne.ca
Primitive Designs: http://www.primitivedesignscanada.com
Capitol Theatre: http://capitoltheatre.com