Town of Ajax

Durham Region

Welcome to The Town of Ajax

Port Hope is known for its charming small-town atmosphere, friendly community, and beautiful natural surroundings. On the shores of Lake Ontario, with the picturesque Ganaraska River flowing through the downtown core and a hilly topography provides the approximate 16,500 residents and visitors with postcard views.

Port Hope is also known for its well-preserved historic architecture, including many Victorian and Edwardian homes and buildings. The downtown area is home to a variety of independent shops, restaurants, and cafes, which provide residents with plenty of options for shopping, dining, and entertainment and is acclaimed for being the best-preserved 19th-century streetscape in Ontario.

Modern amenities in a charming setting. 

Ajax Community Resources

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Here’s a great start to some of my favourite places to eat in Port Hope:

  1. Olympus Burger: Located on 55 Mill Street, South. Featured on Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here, people travel from far to catch a freshly made in house burger and side – and they become repeat customers… There’s just no down side to this restaurant.

  2. Jim’s Pizza & Pasta: Serving Port Hope since 1970. Be prepared to have a new favourite pizza joint if you should decide to eat in or take-out from Jim’s at 22 Walton Street. It’s a challenge to walk past this restaurant and not be drawn in by the aroma of pizza’s in the oven and by memories of your most recent Jim’s pizza.

  3. The Schnitzel Shack: If you’re looking for takeout and Traditional German Schnitzel will satisfy the tastebuds, The Schnitzel Shack on 3 Toronto Road will give you a number of mouthwatering options. The portion sizes are generous and my personal favourite is the Hunter Schnitzel meal… well… I also really like the Parmesan Schnitzel meal also… well… 

Port Hope’s fine art scene is diverse and flourishing, with a strong focus on supporting local artists and promoting creativity and innovation.

Some of the galleries include: The Northumberland Arts Gallery and Shop, Inuit Fine Art and Ganaraska Art & Framing – just to get you started. I can’t leave out Primitive Designs which has an 8,000 square foot gallery full of unusual antiques and handcrafted items that have been curated from around the world.

Many Port Hope Artists also participate in the annual Northumberland Hills Studio Tour which is a self-guided tour taking place each September.

Port Hope is approximately a 25 minute drive to Peterborough, 1 hour drive to Toronto, 1 hour and 20 minute drive to Kingston and a 3 hour drive to Ottawa.

Built by Famous Players in 1930, this historic theatre is the venue for music concerts, films and live theatre. Check out the website for their full calendar of diverse events.