Recreation & Leisure



COVID 19 Update

All recreation facilities, parks and playgrounds are currently closed. Registered lessons from Winter II session (February 10-April 27) have been cancelled and credits will be applied to your account on a prorated basis (cancellations will be effective from March 13). A determination relating to the session scheduled to start April 27 has not yet been made. Information relating to the COVID19 situation is posted regularly at  check this page frequently for updates. For Aquatics programs, including pre-school and swim kids classes, individual evaluation of skills are completed on an ongoing basis. Some participants may have displayed the required skills to advance to the next level, which will be applicable to that individual for the next session registration. If the parent has a valid email on file, and their child has completed the level they were registered in, staff will send an email notifying of what level they should register in next. These emails will be sent out before April 13, 2020. If the child did not complete all the required skills, no notification will be sent. 


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The Department of Parks, Recreation Culture is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Port Hope residents through a wide range of innovative, inclusive, accessible programming providing opportunities for physical activity, social interaction and community engagement.

Each year the department provides and supports recreation and leisure services for more than participants in over 70 programs for all interests and age groups, from infants to older adults. Register online

Annual Report

Our annual report is out!  Check out some of the details of what the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department provided to the commuity in 2019.

  • 14,489 Adult participants in Department programs
  • 185 Free activities/events hosted or facilitated by PRC
  • 1,500 Flowers planted
  • 111 Municipal outdoor event vendors
  • 80 Ruth Clarke Activity Centre Volunteers
  • 22 Ruth Clarke Activity Centre members over 90 yrs
  • $92,532 in successful program grants
  • 70 Parade entries
  • 105 Trees removed in parks due to disease, deterioration and damage
  • 573 Trees replaced in parks
  • 500 athletes mentioned on the Wall of Honour Kiosk
  • 165 Birthday parties
  • 98 Youth Action Committee volunteer hours
  • 81% Staff hired who completed their leadership program at JBSC
  • 90% Average HIGH FIVE program evaluation score
  • 20 New staff trained in HIGH FIVE courses

Noteworthy Happenings 2019

  • Completion of Age-Friendly Community Action Plan
  • Community Park Improvements: Bigwood Playground


  • Record high water levels in Lake Ontario: Damage to Waterfront Trail, limited beach and boat launch access
  • Pool Bowl Refurbishment
  • Platinum Youth Friendly Community and HIGH FIVE Accreditation Awards

2020 Objectives

  • Review Youth Centre operations and enhancements to the facility
  • Support community art through the development of a public art toolkit
  • Support cultural and event organizations through a community networking workshop
  • Implement admission and prepaid payment cards to patrons
  • Host a department job and volunteer fair
  • Complete a review of fitness programming options and structure
  • Develop a new 10 year Leisure Services Master Plan
  • Complete a comprehensive department fee review
  • Enhance marketing initiatives including Leisure Guide, website compliance and updated department promotional video
  • Construct a seasonal outdoor splash pad at Wladyka Park
  • Complete the design of the expansion of the Town Park Recreation Centre for a new older adult space
  • Complete beautification to the Cenotaph in Memorial Park
  • Continue to enhance and offer quality programming at the Port Hope Community Hub

Evaluations and Surveys

We would love to hear what you think!  Let us know how we are doing so we can continue to provide you with the best experiences possible.

Aquatics and Programs Evaluation

We would love to hear what you think!  Please fill out our program evaluation for the program that you or your child is registered for. 

Fitness Evaluation

We would love to hear what you think!  Please fill out our fitness evaluation for the program that you are registered for. 

Camp Evaluation

We would love to hear what you think!  Please fill out our camp evaluation for the program that you or your child is registered for. 


Canton Municipal Building Survey

The Parks Recreation and Culture Department recognizes the importance of recreation and culture experiences in the rural community. The Canton Municipal Building is undergoing some renovations to the upstairs to accommodate a rural library branch. The Parks, Recreation and Culture Department will be programming the basement of the Canton Municipal building which consists of a community hall, kitchen and accessible bathrooms.

We would like to hear from you. What types of programs, activities, and events would you like to see in this space? Please take a few moments to answer the following questions. 

Fitness Evaluation

We would love to hear what you think!  Please fill out our program evaluation for the program that you or your child is registered for.


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Find out the benefits of recreation

HIGH FIVE Accredited

The Municipality of Port Hope, Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture is a HIGH FIVE Accredited Organization. We Focus on healthy child development. Our programs for children 6-12yrs of age are of the highest recognized levels of quality and safety. HIGH FIVE - the best way to play! For more information visit

HIGH FIVE® is Canada's only comprehensive quality standard for organizations providing sport and recreation programs to children aged 6 to 12. Through sustained involvement in quality sport and recreation, all children aged 6 to 12 are experiencing healthy development. HIGH FIVE® training, resources, policies and procedures and evaluative processes have been developed to empower organizations to focus on the elements that impact healthy child development and to instill quality in sport and recreation programming for children.

Youth Friendly Community

A Youth Friendly community is one that actively supports and provides opportunities for the growth and development of youth (ages 13 - 19) through play. What do we mean by Play? Play is any non-school activity that has elements of choice, leads to satisfaction, and encourages progressive learning and enjoyment. Activities can include - but are not limited to recreation, sport, leisure, arts, drama, dance, civic engagement, youth activism, volunteerism, social clubs and youth leadership.The Municipality of Port Hope is proud to be designated Platinum Youth Friendly through the Playworks Partnership. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture recognizes and appreciates the many community partners it works with for youth play.