Summer Day Trip in Port Hope, Ontario: 7 Places To Eat, Play, Stay

Salmon Migration - A Summer Day Trip in Port Hope, Ontario

Our first time visiting Port Hope, Ontario was during the winter time. When we visited the Ganaraska Conservation Centre for Maple Syrup Day, we know they offer treetop trekking/zip line in the non-Winter times.

Summer Port Hope, Ontario Visit

Between August and September, it is also the Cinook and Coho salmon migration up the Ganaraska river from Lake Ontario for spawning. Therefore, we were excited to do a short trip to Port Hope again as a summer weekend getaway before August ends.

Treetop Trekking Ganaraska

Website / Address: Located within the Ganaraska Forest Centre – 10585 Cold Springs Camp Road, Campbellcroft, ON L0A1B0

We started our Saturday morning with some exercise in the form of treetop trekking. For those not familiar with this, it is a game park filled with obstacles to challenge your balancing and strength skills. Perfect for us foodies who may had eaten a bit too much the week before this trip!

Treetop trekking in Ganaraska Forest in Port Hope, Ontario

On every visit to this park, all participants must go through a safety training (which includes passing a drop test to ensure you can get back up on the wire without any assistance) and the entire beginner course.

Treetop Trekking’s Port Hope location is home to the famous “Timberwolf”, the most challenging aerial course in Ontario. We were told by our guides that an ‘average fit person’ will need minimum 45 minutes to get through this course. Aside from this expert course, they have 2 beginners, 1 intermediate, and 2 advance level courses. These courses include zip lines, hammock nets, swinging logs and suspension bridges.

Bloggers Treetop trekking in Port Hope, Ontario

We felt quite tired after just doing the beginner course, and one of the advanced courses. It is quite unbelievable how much of a workout all the balancing on wires and logs is!

Bridge Obstacle in Ganaraska Treetop trekking in Port Hope, Ontario

For our last course, we did the other advanced course, known as the “Flying Falcon”. It is actually a course consisting of 4 ziplines and 3 suspension bridge obstacles. Why is it considered advanced for zipline? It’s because the distance for each zipline is far apart, with the longest being about 450 meters apart.

Treetop trekking in Port Hope, Ontario

Compared to the treetop trekking in Norfolk County, there is minimal help from guides available here. If you do get stuck not making it across completely, you will have to pull yourself along the wire back to either side of the zip line.

Travelling Foodie, Raymond Cua, zip lining in Ganaraska Forest in Port Hope, Ontario

You can easily spend a full day here! Travelling Foodie Tip: It’s a good idea to bring some gloves and stretch before attempting the courses!

Olympus Burger

Website / Address: 55 Mill St. South, Port Hope, ON, L1A 2S7

For those who loves a good burger like we do, Olympus Burger will not disappoint with the variety of burgers they carry. Did you know? Each burger here is named after Greek Gods and Goddesses.

Menu of Olympus Burger in Port Hope, Ontario

This restaurant was featured on the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here” in 2016, and was voted winner of Best Burgers in Canada, by Canadian Living Magazine in 2017.

Milkshakes at Olympus Burger in Port Hope, Ontario
Black currant cheesecake milkshake (Front), and French Vanilla (Back) – $5 each

As if only 12 choices of burgers is not enough, they also have a secret menu which you can only find on their website. Owner Giorgos Kallonsakis told us that he chose not to show the secret menu in the restaurant so that patrons are not overwhelmed with the amount of choices they can choose from. We agree on this decision as we totally were as we sat in the car for a good 5 minutes looking at the menu online to decide before walking into the restaurant!

We ended up ordering from the secret menu for some adventurous toss up along with delicious milk shakes to go with our awesome burgers.

Secret Menu Burgers from Olympus Burger in Port Hope, Ontario
From the secret menu:
– GAIA – Stuffed blue cheese beef patty, crispy bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, with side of sweet potato fries (Front) – $10.75.
– TITAN – 6oz all-beef patty, 3oz Montreal smoked meat, caramelized onions, honey dijon mustard, sliced dill pickles, lettuce, with side of onion rings (Back)– $11.25

For those up for a challenge, the regular menu also features what is known as the Labour of Hercules. Completing the challenge will earn you a free T-shirt, and future 10% discount on meals. A waiver must be signed to participate in this.

The burger consists of: 6oz beef patty, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, jalapenos, habanero peppers and secret Olympus hot sauce. A milkshake is included after the challenge.

Annual Salmon Migration

Every year, trout and salmon migrate up along the Ganaraska river from the Lake Ontario to spawn. Rainbow Trout (also known as Steelhead) spawns between late March to early May, or from October to mid-December. Cinook and Coho salmon spawns between mid-August to early October.

Separating the river and the Ganaraksa Millennium Conversation Area is Corbett’s Dam. In order to aid the salmon/trout in the migration to the spawning area, a man-made fish ladder is build.

Fish Ladder at Corbett's Dam in Port Hope, Ontario
Notice how 2 pieces of fabric is hung on each side of the ladder to protect the fish from smashing into the wall of the dam.

During our visit, however, the locals said we were one week ahead, so we will need to try our luck in another visit.

Barn Quilt Trail

Website / Address: Various locations

The Port Hope historic barn quilt trail was put together last year by the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO), Port Hope branch, to celebrate Canada 150. These 23 barns represent both an architectural significance, and economic contribution to the Port Hope community.

Barn Quilt Trail #5 in Port Hope, Ontario
Barn #5 – Osland, 4996 5th Line

The quilt are hand-painted square tiles decorated with patterns that represent the specific farm. We did a short road trip in between our various destinations today to soak in their history.

Barn Quilt Trail #19 in Port Hope, Ontario
Barn #19 – Curtis, 4140 Kellogg Rd. (Type: English Barn)

Travelling Foodie Tip: The only challenge we had was that rural roads are not the easy distinguished by Google Maps. If you do go on this trail, use both the map provided by the website, in addition to your GPS. Be sure to read up on each of their summary from the website/guide book while enjoying the artwork on the tiles. We visited 5 of the 23 barns during the trip.

Barn Quilt Trail #20 in Port Hope, Ontario
Barn #20 – Kellogg, 3045 Kellogg Rd. (Type: Bowstring Arch Barn)
Barn Quilt Trail #21 in Port Hope, Ontario
Barn #21 – D McHolm, 2978 Guideboard Rd. (Type: Bank Barn)
Barn Quilt Trail #22 in Port Hope, Ontario
Barn #22 – K McHolm, 4749 Cty Rd. 2, viewed from Guideboard Rd. (Type: Converted Bank Barn)
Barn Quilt Trail #23  in Port Hope, Ontario
Barn #23 – Glynn | Drover, 44 Pine St., viewed from Bruton St. (Type: Coverted English Barn)

Local No. 90 Bar + Kitchen

Website / Address: 90 Mill Street N, Port Hope, ON L1A 2T2

We had an early dinner at Local No. 90 before our booked show at the Capitol Theatre. Located at the fork of Mill Street and Ontario Street, the restaurant is hard to miss if you are driving south into the town.

Local 90

This little gem has only opened for about year according to owner Dana Hubbard. When we asked her about the type of cuisine the restaurant serves, she tells us it is different every day!

Most of the food are locally sourced from nearby farms. Therefore, the menu is determined by the food delivered to them from their sources, then Chef Jonny will work his magic to design the menu for the day.

Port Hope mural decorates one side of the wall at Local No. 90 in Port Hope, Ontario
Port Hope mural decorates one side of the wall

For example, 25 ducks were purchased, then Chef Jonny checks and see what other veggies he can become innovative with the duck. Ta da, a new dinner is served until all ducks are sold out.

If you get the chance to see this duck dish on the menu, order it as it was delicious!

Pan seared duck breast at Local No. 90 in Port Hope, Ontario
Pan Seared Duck Breast with Currant, Red Wine Jus. Served with Locally Sourced Medley of Potatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Beans and Kale

There’s no menu posted on the website because the food changes every day or even throughout the day as items are sold out. Dana had a printed menu for the day, but also a notebook with a handwritten menu specials as well.

Even though the place is not big, it felt very homey. You’ll definitely get to meet Dana as she goes around to talk to the customers. She was so easy and fun to talk to.

Bone Marrow spread at Local No. 90 in Port Hope, Ontario
Warm Bone Marrow Spread topped with Grana Padano, served with Crostini – $13

As we had a heavy lunch earlier at Olympus, we didn’t have any beer along with our dinner but they are known for having an always changing bottle selection. Definitely a place to hit up for both locals and tourists for sure!

P.E.I. Oysters at Local No. 90 in Port Hope, Ontario
P.E.I. Oysters – $3.25 each
Farini Pizza at Local No. 90 in Port Hope, Ontario
Farini Artisan Pie (pizza) – $15

Capitol Theatre

Website / Address: 20 Queen St. Port Hope, L1A 3Z4

The Capitol Theatre is a landmark designated as a National Historic Site in 2017. Built in 1930, it is one of the last operational atmospheric theatres in Canada. It can seat up to 380 guest inside its venue.

Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, Ontario

What it means by atmospheric is that, instead of seating guests in box-like formal environment for the performance, the entire theatre is designed to be set under an outdoor European garden setting.

The Capitol mimics an English garden, complete with blue sky, clouds and a twinkling star ceiling. Original 1930’s fixtures as well as art deco design were all restored.

Disney's The Little Mermaid show at Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, Ontario
Disney’s The Little Mermaid show

This theatre currently operates year round. Fiddler on the Roof was playing between May 29 to June 24, 2018, followed by The 39 Steps, from July 10 to July 29, 2018. We were delighted to be invited to watch Disney’s The Little Mermaid (on stage between August 14 to September 9, 2018) in this beautiful venue.

Following productions for 2018 includes Wait Until Dark (October 18 to October 31, 2018), and King Arthur the Panto (November 15 to December 23, 2018).

Cast of The Little Mermaid at Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, Ontario
The cast of The Little Mermaid Show we saw

Haute Goat Farm – Bed & Breakfast

Website / Address: 1166 5th Line, Port Hope, ON L0A 1J0

This farm is no stranger for us. We made a visit here the last time and participated in their goat shmurgle.

 Map of Haute Goat Farm in Port Hope, Ontario
Map of Haute Goat Farm

We returned this time to stay over at the farm at Haute Goat’s bed & breakfast that owners Debbie & Shain manage. Aside from interacting with our lovely hosts, the benefit of staying here is the other members of the household – dogs, goats, chickens, horses and alpacas.

Haute Goat Farm view from inside bed and breakfast in Port Hope, Ontario

We stayed at the top floor of the home which is very spacious and the bed was comfortable to sleep in.

Haute Goat Farm Bedroom in Port Hope, Ontario
Our floor at the attic

I took an early morning walk, led by the family dogs on the trails surrounding the farm.

Doggy trail at Haute Goat Farm in Port Hope, Ontario
The dogs led my walk

This time, I was also able to look at the map, and went to discover the mushroom and vegetable garden we had missed last time.

Shitake Mushrooms growing at Haute Goat Farm in Port Hope, Ontario
Shitake Mushrooms growing on Logs
Vegetable Garden at Haute Goat Farm in Port Hope, Ontario
Vegetable Garden

Early morning walk also means witnessing all the animals have their breakfast. I was very happy to see them again, especially my partner goat Lil Bear, who have now grown up and is more ‘calm’ than the last time I met her.

Goats getting released at Haute Goat Farm in Port Hope, Ontario
Mom is letting us out for food!
Goat Feeding Frenzy at Haute Goat Farm in Port Hope, Ontario
Feeding Frenzy

For the second B in B&B, Shain also made us farm breakfast in the morning. Ingredients from the garden, very lovely!

Farm Breakfast at Haute Goat Farm in Port Hope, Ontario


Hope this gives you an idea of things to do, where to eat and stay in Port Hope during the summer!


Huge thanks to the Municipality of Port Hope for hosting the trip. As usual, reviews and opinions are entirely our own.

You can learn more about Port Hope through their website, or find them in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Article written by Veronica Chiu.

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