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5 Reasons You Should Build Your Cottage in Port Hope

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If you have ever visited Port Hope for vacation or on a day trip, you know that the town is full of history, has strong community ties, and sure isn’t lacking in picturesque views.

If you’re wondering if Port Hope is a dreary vacation town, it’s far from it. Wendy Tancock says “there’s a buzz there, it’s not just a sleepy little town”. With all that there is to do in Port Hope, it has an active community – not your typical cottage town.

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Port Hope doesn’t rank as Ontario’s favourite small town for nothing, so see for yourself why we think you should visit and stay awhile.


Port Hope is home to endless trails, most famously the Ganaraska Forest. If you’re looking for a hike that involves beautiful scenery, then this forest is for you. The forest is full of many trails of varying difficulty levels, which you can take advantage of by walking, running, horseback riding, and ATVing. Bonus if you’re a horse lover – the Ganaraska forest offers pens and water hookups for your horses.

The Ganaraska Forest is an excellent place to bring friends and family members with varying interests and everyone will certainly leave tired from the day’s activities.

Salmon Runs

Visit the Port Hope Conservation Area and you’ll receive much more than your average trail. You’ll get to take in the sight of many salmon about to jump upstream. If you’ve never seen anything like this, it’s breathtaking and peaceful all at the same time.

This is a great attraction to bring your family, especially any children who perhaps have never seen anything like it before. Now, imagine having this amazing piece of nature right in your backyard.

Beaches and Lakes

Did you know that Port Hope has two beaches? They fall on the east and west ends of the harbour. They’re located closely to downtown Port Hope, so you don’t have to travel far for a day out of shopping and enjoying the sun and water. The beaches are located on Lake Ontario, which is safe to swim in, so you can bring your whole family for a day of fun in the sun.

If you’re not much of beach person, Port Hope lakes offer a great playground for fishing – boasting fish such as Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Pacific Salmon. Catch-and-release fishing is always welcome, but if you’re looking for dinner, check out Port Hope’s fishing regulations.


Port Hope is located between Toronto, the City of Kawartha Lakes, and Prince Edward County, which makes it the perfect spot for those who want to be equally close to a big city as they do a quiet getaway.

Aside from its proximity to other areas, the shoreline offers a remarkable living opportunity. The location itself will leave you never wanting to visit other places, no matter how close.


If you have wondered if there is much of entertainment in a small town, you don’t have to worry with Port Hope.

From many galleries, antique shops, restaurants, and festivals, there is so much to do there. Port Hope has many places to search for vintage goods and more, as the town has “a preserved 19th century district, which is the perfect backdrop for a day or treasure hunting”.

Port Hope is also home to the Capitol Theatre. The Cameco Capitol Arts Centre is a regional theatre to come and enjoy concerts, movies, operas, and musical productions. The Capitol Theatre is a widely popular Ontario attraction that you can’t miss – grab some dinner at one of the local restaurants and catch a show for the perfect night on the town in Port Hope.

Want to build a cottage in Port Hope?

Interested in building a cottage getaway or looking for cottage builders in Port Hope? It’s worth thinking about our prefabricated homes and how they can make house building easier for you. Have a look at some of our prefab cottages that could be the perfect fit for you, inside and out.

Port Hope isn’t Ontario’s favourite small town for nothing, so come see for yourself and stay awhile.

I had high expectations. Your team lived up to them all. Overall a very stress free experience.Stephen
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    Why should I buy from you over a conventional or "Stick-Builder"?

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    Do your homes include a foundation?

    Yes our homes include full foundation and basement.

    How long does it take to build a Royal Home?

    It takes less than two weeks to build a home in our factory, but the process from start to finish is very dependent on the timing of obtaining a building permit. For most of our clients the process from start to delivery is twelve to sixteen weeks with move in eight to twelve weeks thereafter.

    What size homes do you build?

    As a custom builder we can build any size home but generally the average size range is between 1300 and 3500 sq feet.

    Do you build garages?

    Yes. Garages are built on site after the home is delivered.

    Are the homes energy efficient?

    Building a prefab home in a factory assures the highest attention to sealing the building envelope and ensures that the cold stays out.

    Since your homes are so energy efficient and air tight, how do you get fresh air?

    All our homes have HRV heat recovery ventilator air exchanger to remove stale air, and introduce fresh air.

    Where can I put a prefab home?

    Anywhere in Ontario you like.

    Can I really customize my prefab home?

    Yes, we use state of the art custom design software, today no two homes are built alike.

    Do you finish the basement?

    Yes. We can customize your basement to the finishes you desire.

    Are Royal Homes built to code?

    All Royal Homes are individually designed to meet all provincial and municipal building codes for your specific lot location.

    Do you build stick-built or conventional homes as well?

    We are a custom home builder first and use prefabricated components wherever we can, because it is a better way to build. If you have a remote site or custom home design with large open spaces we would look at what makes most sense for that design and location. This could include prebuilt panels or partially site built specific rooms.

    What makes the building process environmentally friendly?

    Waste in the factory is separated and recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. This has less disruption in terms of noise and time at job site. Building prefab allows for higher energy efficient homes and reduced heating costs.

    How is your home delivered?

    Our home is delivered by way of custom designed hydraulic flatbed trailers and precisely craned onto the foundation.

    Can you make changes or custom design?

    Yes, clients are given preliminary plans to review and changes are welcome and easily accommodated.