Canada 150


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 or 

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 by July 1. To find out more, chat with the Customer Service staff at the counter.

Free Hands-On Printmanking Workshops
In celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial and Port Hope Heritage, Critical Mass is hosting a series of free hands-on printmaking workshops! Each workshop will be led by a professional artist/printmaker. You will be taught how to make a linocut print, and will create a design inspired by Port Hope’s heritage or by your wildest imaginings for Canada’s future in the next 50 to 100 years. Your designs will be included in a giant printed ‘Port Hope Heritage Quilt’, pressed on the street by a steamroller at the printmaking festival Sep 23 & 24, and displayed in public exhibitions around town in October and November!

Adults: Thursday, May 11, from 10:30am – 12:30pm at Green Wood Coalition

Teens: Thursday, May 25, from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at Port Hope Public Library

Children: Saturday, May 27, from 10:30am – 12:30pm and again at 1:30am – 3:30pm at the Port Hope Public Library

Seniors: Friday, June 9, from 10:30am – 12:30pm at the Port Hope Public Library

Operation Bye-Bye Bailey
Saturday May 13, 2017
A community celebration to mark the removal of the historic Bailey Bridge on Barrett Street. Witness the deconstruction of the bridge by the Department of National Defence! This is a public event taking place from 10am until 3pm in Cavan Street Park, with food vendors and bridge making stations for the whole family. The Port Hope Archives (17 Mill St N.)  is hosting an open house from 10am - 4pm. Visit to find out more about the hisotry of the Port Hope Bailey Bridge.

Country Market and Nature Fest
Sunday May 28, 2017
Annual spring market/collectibles sale with plants, handmade goods and more. Shape-note singing, nature walk, and a unique Canada 150 display.  10am - 4pm at the Wesleyville Church, 2082 Lakeshore Road, Port Hope.

Heroes Highway Ride
Saturday June 3, 2017
The Heroes Highway Ride & Rally is a motorcycle ride held annually, on the 1st Saturday of June, in support of those who serve, and have served, our country.  The public rally in Memorial Park, Port Hope will include live entetainment, food vendors and a special presentation in honour of Canada's 150th anniverary.

Multicultural Day
Saturday June 24, 2017
Celebrate Northumberland and Canada's 150th at the Multicultural Day in Memorial Park. Enjoy ethnic food, family activities, multicultural performances live from the bandshell. Event runs from 10am until 3pm. Free admission.

Canada Day Weekend Celebrations
June 30 – July 2, 2017
Celebrate Canada’s 150 anniversary in Port Hope this July. Bring the family for an outdoor movie in Memorial Park (Queen Street) on June 30, showtime, dusk. On July 1st join us for a Callithumpian parade down main street at 11am. Entertainment and refreshments in Memorial Park and a spectacular fireworks show at 10:15pm. The celebrations contiue on July 2 at the Fair Grounds (McCaul Street) with a new Canada Day Demolition Derby at 2pm.

Arts Festival at the Port Hope Farmers Market
Saturday August 12, 2017
The annual Arts Festival at the Farmers’ Market reflects the colourful mix of Northumberland County’s cultures by showcasing the diverse skills and products of local and regional artists. Customers can expect to find a wide range of Canadian-made products. This year’s event will feature the quintessential Canadian dessert, the Butter Tart. 10am - 3pm in Memorial Park

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!

  • 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 905-885-7908 x 3425.