Port Hope is a perfect town to be home to such a revered international school as TCS. The town is large enough to offer beautiful surroundings and community involvement, but small in a sense where students are not tempted to go finding trouble. With permission, students are free to roam the charming riverside area, visiting the favourite "Jim's Pizza", taking a stroll along the lake, or going to see a movie in the local theatre. Obviously, teenagers are at an age to easily find trouble, but with a small town such as Port Hope, there is not much trouble to be found. Students are more inclined to enjoy the quaint charm of the small town rather than go off to break rules. Overall, Port Hope is a beautiful and charming community that welcomes the students to roam and enjoy the historic riverside.
TCS is situated in a small town about an hour outside of Toronto. It is surrounded by farmland, Lake Ontario and old cottages. It's one of the most charming places I've ever been and is beautiful in every season. Students venture into Port Hope after school or on weekends to grab something to eat, walk along the lake or explore. It's a rather quiet town, so while it is very safe, there isn't much to do which can make the school an island at times. That being said, I know that TCS has done a lot of work in recent years to break down some of the barriers that exist between the school and the local community.
Trinity College School is located in what I call a quaint little town called Port Hope. Of course students go off campus, especially to the variety of restaurants and stores in the old town, there is even a cool art framing workshop/studio. It may seem like there is not much to do but there is a lot to do if you are patient enough to find the spot that works right for you. Students are allowed to go off campus during the day as long as they do not have any academic or extracurricular commitment during that time, but they must be back before study or sign in (depending on your academic standing in the school).
Trinity College School is located in the Town of Port Hope on a large spacious property close to the center of town. Trinity is within walking distance to the local business section and on occasion the students venture into town to enjoy the amenities of the local community. The Ganaraska River runs through the centre of town which is always interesting to watch the annual fish migration of salmon swimming upstream to spawn. Port Hope located on the shores of Lake Ontario, with a large public beach not far from the school. In the warm weather, you often see the students hanging out and enjoying the beach.
As anyone in my generation would understand - TCS is "Dead Poets Society" in real life. The grounds and buildings of the school are awe-inspiring. The rich history is preserved. The landscaping is immaculate. The chapel, the dining hall, the hidden passages...it is all magical. You can't not fall in love with the campus of TCS. The campus sits up on a hill in the town of Port Hope. It is very easy to access off of Hwy 401. It feels like its own oasis yet is still very close to the quaint downtown. In regular times, high school students have the ability to walk downtown to get pizza or Starbucks with their friends. Normally, there is very little reason to leave the campus but if students wish to, it is a safe and friendly neighbourhood that surrounds the campus.
Trinity College School is in an outstanding location for many reasons. For boarders who come from far away, an international airport is only an hour away. For local students, buses are available for going and back forth to school. The town surrounding TCS is very welcome to the students, plus the students are given many opportunities to support and serve that local community. Students can even walk to town for a change of scenery at different times during the week.