Oliver, Business Owner

Be your own boss – uniquely you – in downtown Port Hope

Small wonder Oliver Steins would feel most at home surrounded by artwork – framed and unframed.


His earliest memories recall hor d’oeuvres dinners with his family at Toronto art exhibition openings. Botanical illustrations by Oliver’s late father, Ilgvars Steins, are considered Canadian treasures. His brother is a print maker in the Yukon.


Oliver and his wife felt a small town was the place to raise their family but moved around the province a few times before calling Port Hope home.

A photography hobbyist for 35 years Oliver knew and networked with photographers and artists including the previous owner of Ganaraska Art and Framing who was set to retire in 2008.


Oliver secured a small business loan and purchased the business, setting course for an expanded business model.


Like many entrepreneurs Oliver thrived as his own boss with the flexibility and autonomy to pursue opportunities that he identified in the market. Framing would continue to be a cornerstone of the business and a perfect fit with portrait services, retail sales of works of local artists including his own photography, art and photo restoration and fine art printing services.


Today Oliver is a member of Spirit of the Hills Arts Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Art Council of Northumberland. He has established himself as a champion of peoples from every social corner from the marginalized to the wealthy.


Wanderlust in check, Oliver says “The irony is 25 years ago my wife and I lived briefly in Port Hope when I worked on Anne of Green Gables which was shot here. We’re still Nomads – but we’re winding down. I think we’re settled now. I’m trying to make a contribution to Port Hope by being involved with community activities and politics and organizations.”