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Logo Celebrate Canada 150 in Port Hope

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.

Mayor's Message

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

Events listed here are presenting a Canada 150 theme. For a full list of events within the community of Port Hope, visit our online event calendars at www.porthope.ca or www.visitporthope.ca 

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.

Critical Mass Printmaking Festival
Saturday September 23 & Sunday September 24, 2017
Critical Mas Art presents a Steamroller Printmaking Extravaganza! As part of a year-long mini MEGA Print Project, Critical Mass Art is hosting a 2-day, free, interactive event in Rotary Park on Saturday September 23 & Sunday September 24. Steamroller Printing will feature the printing of large-scale relief prints on 4’x8′ wood blocks, free hands-on family-friendly printmaking activities, demonstrations, mini and MEGA print exhibits, street art, marketplace vendors, and more.

Culture Days
Friday September 29, Saturday September 30, Sunday October 1
The Municipality of Port Hope is Celebrating Culture Days - A National Celebration of Canadian Culture. There are two new, free activities for the community to enjoy. Art in the Park on Saturday September 30th from 1 – 3pm in Memorial Park. Participate in a community mural celebrating Canada and what Canada means to you, crafts, games and other activities. Celebrate local culture by completing the Scavenger Hunt. Learn more about your community, breathe in the fresh air and get active. Participate in the Scavenger Hunt and hand in your completed Scavenger Hunt to the front desk of Town Park Recreation Centre for a chance to win some cool prizes.

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!

  • Improvement of Alex Carruthers Park Playground, for a contribution of up to $19,800, with total project costs of $60,000;
  • Improvement of Wladyka Park Washroom and Shelter, for a contribution of up to $66,800, with total project costs of $200,000;
  • Improvement of Town Park Hardball Diamond, for a contribution of up to $23,100, with total project costs of $77,000;
  • Improvement of Port Hope Trail, for a contribution of up to $56,100, with total project costs of $170,000;
  • Replacement of Jack Burger Sports Complex Rink Board System, for a contribution of up to $66,800, with total project costs of $200,000;
  • Improvement of Jack Burger Sports Complex Signage, for a contribution of up to $18,150, with total project costs of $55,000.

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 jmaidens@porthope.ca 905-885-7908 x 3425.