Ganaraska River

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The Ganaraska River runs through historic downtown Port Hope. The rivers name is thought to originate from the word, “Ganaraske”, a village in which Port Hope stands now.

This beautiful natural attraction, is a destination for visitors from all over the world. It attracts anglers for salmon and trout. The river hosts a fish ladder which allows the rainbow trout to travel up the river safely to spawn. For more information about when the fish run up river or the river itself, click

The Ganaraska river had significant flood in 1980 which caused considerable damage to the downtown core of Port Hope. This event is remembered and commemorated each year since with “Float your Fanny Down the Ganny” in April. Drawing thousands of spectators to the banks of the Ganaraska, this event is one of the wildest and most attended events in the calendar year.

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