Port Hope is a charming heritage town with an excellent selection of B&Bs, shopping, theatre and restaurants. The Trail itself features the dedicated handiwork of volunteers that made this Trail possible including benches, bird feeders, a gazebo and tributes to the community leaders who played key roles in the Trail's development-The Keith Richan Walkway and the A.K. Sculthorpe Memorial Woodland Marsh.
Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny is one of the most popular annual events on the Trail. Join the fun by crafting a homemade boat to float down the Gananraska River to Lake Ontario or stand on the riverbanks to cheer them on.
The Trail can be divided into two sections:
Western Section (from the Clarington boundary and ending near the western edge of the urban part of Port Hope):
- Lakeshore Rd is asphalt with no shoulders. The speed limit along the road is 60 kph
- Terrain is hilly and area does not offer any amenity stops -- it is a beautiful rural ride (or walk) and offers many clear vistas of Lake Ontario
Eastern Section (western edge of the urban part of Port Hope through the downtown to the east and continues on through Hamilton Township over to Cobourg).
Highway 2 to Cobourg has paved shoulders (designated for riders and walkers).
Port Hope Waterfront Trail has a junction at Mill Street with the Greenbelt Route.
Resources, Local Maps and Connecting Trails
Port Hope Tourism- For accommodations, things to do and local information on walking and cycling the Port Hope's Waterfront Traill. Check out the beaches and events tabs as well.
Northumberland Tourism produces an excellent trails map that shows 5 suggested cycling route. The routes range in distance from the fairly flat 30km Glorious Ganaraska Route to the challenging 74km Rice Lake Ramble. A map can be found on their website here:
Ganaraska Hiking Trail - intersects with the Waterfront Trail in downtown Port Hope
Greenbelt Route - The Waterfront Trail and Greenbelt use much of the same route in Port Hope. Where the Waterfront Trail heads east on Sherburne, the Greenbelt Route continues north along the Ganaraska River. Itineraries and trip suggestions are available at:
- Regional Tourism Organization
- Northumberland County
- Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority