Canada turns 150 this year and where better to celebrate than in a historically preserved community like Port Hope. Join us in Port Hope to mark Canada’s milestone anniversary and expereince an exciting assortment of events happening throughout the year.
2017 will be a momentous year in Canadian history as we celebrate from coast to coast Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. 2017 is a year of unity and celebration.
It is my great honour to invite residents and visitors to explore Port Hope this year. Celebrations will take on many forms and where better to rejoice than in a historically preserved community like Port Hope. Port Hope (circa 1834) has a mix of heritage charm, modern vibrancy and cultural allure. We have beautiful parks, meandering trails and an eclectic assortment of programming. Our Canada 150 calendar of events is a collaborative effort between a wide array of community partners.
As this sesquicentennial year unfolds, I encourage all of you to consider the many ways we can mark and experience Canada’s 150th. May we all take time to reflect, but also look ahead. 2017 is just the beginning.
Mayor Bob Sanderson
Municipality of Port Hope
Don't forget to share your Canada 150 celebrations and experience using social media with the hashtags #porthope #canada150
Swim Across Canada
A great Canadian challenge! All patrons of the Jack Burger Sport Complex are invited to report their laps in the 25m pool to see if we can, as a collective, swim across Canada. To find out more, chat with the Customer Service staff at the counter.
Arts Festival at the Port Hope Farmers Market
Saturday August 12, 2017
The 14th annual Arts Festival returns to the Port Hope Farmers’ Market on August 12. The event is a celebration of art, agriculture and community. Art and Farm vendors will be set up behind Town Hall from 8am until 3pm selling Canadian made and grown products. Visit Memorial Park between 10am and 3pm for live & local Entertainment from the Bandshell, a summer BBQ, a butter tart showcase, and interactive activities for the kids. Join Critical Mass Art on August St from 10am -3pm for a mini MEGA Green Street Party. Experience a reinterpreted streetscape and come alive outside! The ONTour evening concert starts at 6pm, featuring Whitehorse, Kathleen Edwards, Alx Veliz, Melanie Brulee in Memorial Park. All events are free, outdoors and right in the heart of downtown!
Port Hope Fair
September 15-17, 2017
The Port Hope Fair celebrates its 187th anniverary with a salute to Canada's 150th. This year's event theme is Canada Eh! 2017 plans inlcude displays, agricultural demonstrations, dog agility trials, demolition derby, live entertainment and midway. Port Hope Fair at the Port Hope Agricultural Park, Elgin Street South at Ward Street. Friday 4pm – 11pm, Saturday 10am – 11pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm
Critical Mass Printmaking Festival
Saturday September 23 & Sunday September 24, 2017
Stay tuned for details!
Port Hope Santa Claus Parade
Saturday November 25, 2017 at 1pm
The 81st annual Port Hope Santa Claus parade takes on a special theme in honour of Canada’s anniversary year: A Canadian Christmas
The Municipality is pleased to be working with the Governement of Canada on 6 infrastructure upgrade grants in honour of Canada's 150th Birthday!
Get creative by sharing a 30 second video about what Canada means to you. Here’s My Canada is a multilingual, nation-wide contest inviting Canadians to express what Canada means to them in a 30-second video. Submit today!
Get active with the ParticipACTION 150 Playlist. It's the ultimate play list to get you moving! Try as many as you can, track your activities online and earn chances to win great prizes.
Get outside with the Discovery Pass from Parks Canada. Admission to Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas is free for all of 2017. Find out more about getting your passes today.
Get Social: Share your Canada 150 celebrations and experience using social media with the hashtags #porthope #canada150
VIA Rail is offering youth an opportunity to travel this July with the Canada 150 Youth Pass. The Pass is $150 and affords youth ages 12 - 25 unlimited travel on the VIA network from July 1 and July 31, 2017.
Looking for more CAN150/ON150. Check out the Passport 2017 website and mobile app, a go-to destination where many of the 150 events and initiatives will be posted.
To have your event, experience or exhibit listed here, please contact Jeannie Maidens at firstname.lastname@example.org 905-885-7908 x 3425.