Recreation & Leisure



COVID-19 Update: Please note that recreation programs and facilities have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the new information on the COVID-19 webpage and check regularly for up-to-date program and scheduling information.

Please review the Media Release for all the information about the reopening of facilities!

We are happy to move into the next phase of reopening while we will continue to work through the impacts and health considerations of COVID-19. We are carefully planning a methodical, phased in approach of re-opening of the Town Park Recreation Centre, and some of our programming.

Aquatics activities will continue, with a 6 week registration options for all levels, as well as reservations for lane, public, family and adult swims.

Careful considerations are ongoing for Programming for the Ruth Clarke Activity Cenre for Seniors and for the Arena at Jack Burger Sports Complex, which details will become available at a later date.

Rentals are being considered for all multi-purpose spaces, and staff are working with all requests to develop COVID operational plans for each request.  These include addressing room capacity changes, physical distancing considerations, food services and more.

We are pleased to announce the opening of the Wladyka Park Splash Pad!

There will be a lot of communication taking place over the next few weeks- we will do our best to be clear, concise and timely with these details. Thursdays are the days that we will share schedules and open reservations for swimming and reservation for drop-in type activities, so keep your eyes peeled. We know we are all in this together, we appreciate your patience

Important Dates:

Monday August 31 - registration will open for the return of some programs such as: swimming lessons, children and youth programs and fitness programs. Programs will start the week of Sept 14, 2020 and will run for 6 weeks.

Friday Sept 4 – Is the last day of our Summer Day Program.  Thank to all of our campers, families and staff for a fun filled modified summer day camp.

Thurs Sept 10 – Schedules will be available, and reservations open for swimming, indoor sports, and activities.

Monday Sept 14

  • The Town Park Recreation Centre will reopen for limited use of the gymnasium, program rooms, youth centre and rentals.
  • The majority of drop-in programs will return with new protocols in place.  They will be by appointment only in order to ensure health and safety protocols and gathering limits.  Schedules will be posted each week on Thursdays for the following week. Please refer to for schedules and protocols.
  • The first day of registered programs

Participants who would like to book an appointment are asked to register at or by calling:

  • Jack Burger Sports Complex (905) 885-2474
  • Town Park Recreation Centre (905) 885-7908

Hours of Operation:

Jack Burger Sports Complex
Monday – Friday 7:00am-8:00pm
Saturday and Sunday – 11:00am-4:00pm

Town Park Recreation Centre
Monday – Friday 8:00am-7:00pm
Saturday – 12:00pm-5:00pm

What to Expect

Public health protocols will be implemented, including screening upon entry and plexiglass barriers installed at front counters.

Participants are asked to:

  • Answer screening questions and provide contact information
  • Wear a mask or face covering (with the exception of those who have health, respiratory and sensory issues, various disabilities; are unable to remove the mask without assistance; and, children under the age of two)
  • Maintain physical distancing from others and adhere to physical distancing markers
  • Follow directional arrows located on the floor
  • Use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building
  • Practice good hand hygiene often, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Keep to your own social circle.
  • Check-in at the Customer Service desk to verify your booked time.

Before you visit a facility, please self assess:

  • Are you showing symptoms or feeling unwell?
  • Have you travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days?
  • Are you in close contact of someone who has tested positive or are waiting for test results for COVID-19?
    If you are experiencing any symptoms, please help us keep our community safe and stay home and get tested for COVID-19.

Pool Schedule and Reservations 

Link to online reservations

Lane, adult, family and public swims are currently available. Schedules will be posted each week on Thursdays for the following week. Reservations will be available online or over the phone starting at 7am Thursdays for the upcoming week.

Reservation process:

  • Adult, lane, public and family swims can be reserved online or over the phone.
  • Reservations made prior to the day of swim will be required to pay online or over the phone, and reservations made the day of can be paid in person.
  • Payments online or over the phone can be made with credit card, in person by cash, debit or cheque. We are not currently accepting passes; however, we will extend the date for passes once pass use is reinstated. 




We are pleased to announce that the hot tub is open!

Please observe the following rules for the hot tub.

  • 1 person allowed in the hot tub at a time unless from the same family
  • A 10 minute time limit will be enforced (i.e. the jets only run for 10 minutes)
  • Please include your hot tub time as part of your 45 minute swim reservation Speak to the lifeguards for further information
  • Swimming Lessons and Aquafit/easy

    Due to COVID-19, we have procedures in place to keep you and our staff safe during your experience with us. We have reduced registration numbers and limited the types of classes offered to allow for physical distancing during the classes.

    Levels Sea Otter to Level 4 will currently be offered for the summer. Parents/caregivers are required to participate in the water with their child for Level 3 and below (including preschool levels).

    Levels 5 to 10 are now being offered for week-at-time lessons.  Parents/caregivers are not required to participate in the water with their child for these levels.

    Aquafit and aquaeasy will run each week. We are unable to provide refunds or transfers to a different day unless accompanied by a doctors note.

    Go to our aquatics page for full details.

    Day Camp

    The Municipality of Port Hope Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture has developed a camp program to follow Provincial guidelines and requirements from our local health unit. It is a responsibility not taken lightly and is our priority to ensure your child is safe, healthy and happy. In order to provide this service, there has been many changes to our traditional camp program that need to be enforced.

    Go to our camp page for full details.

    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 offer programming in 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.

    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.