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.

The Arena at Jack Burger Sports Complex is now open.  Please note that you must reserve and pay in advance for your skating times, online or by phone at 905-885-2474. 

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.

Wladyka Park Splash Pad is now closed for the season.  We look forward to a full fun filled season at the splash pad next year.

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 Oct 19 - registration will open programs such as: swimming lessons, children and youth programs and fitness programs. Programs will start the week of Nov 2, 2020 and will run for 6 weeks.

Thurs Oct 22 – Schedules will be available, and reservations open for swimming, indoor sports, and activities.

Monday Nov 2 - Is the first day of 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

Returning to Our Facilities

There are many changes that have been implemented at our facilities. Click below to find out what you can 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.

Active COVID-19 Screening 

In response to COVID-19, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is taking the necessary steps to safely deliver recreation programs. A new COVID-19 screening protocol will be implemented in all our recreation facilities effective Tuesday, September 29, 2020. All participants who enter and use our facilities will now be required to answer a series of questions relating to COVID-19 as part of our active screening procedure. User groups are responsible for ensuring that active screening is completed with their users.


The following questions must be answered to determine if participants can proceed with programming:

  • Do you have any new or worsening signs or symptoms (not from a known cause such as seasonal allergies) such as cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, loss of smell and/or taste, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, unexplained fatigue/malaise, chills, or headache? Yes / No
  • Do you have a fever? Yes / No
  • Have you travelled outside of Canada or had close contact with anyone that has travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days? Yes / No
  • In the last 14 days, have you had close contact with anyone with respiratory illness or a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19? Yes / No

If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions above, you are NOT permitted to enter the facility under the direction of Provincial and Local Health Authorities.

Printable version of the COVID-19 Active Screening Questions


We are pleased to re-open the Jack Burger Sports Complex pool! Click below to learn more about the new procedures. 


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

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.


Halloween may look a little different this year, but we still have a ton of fun and safe activities planned!

Halloween Spooktacular Bags available for purchase for $5.00 each. There are three different themes to choose from: Monster, Pumpkin or Bat. Each bag contains activities, games, crafts, treats and more! Recommended ages 11 and under. Order your bag either online or call the Town Park Recreation Centre at 905-885-7908 by Wednesday October 21, 2020. Pre-ordered bags will be available for pick up between October 23 and 25, 2020

The Youth Action Committee is hosting a Halloween Costume Contest for grades 7-12. Visit our Youth Programs & Activities page for more information. 

The program staff at the Town Park Recreation Centre will be posting a Halloween story for children to enjoy! Follow our social media to watch! Instagram: @municipalityofporthope Facebook:

Friday, October 30 to Sunday November 1, 2020. Walk the trail from the Cavan St Fitness Park to the Gazebo at Rotary Park across from the Town Hall. Keep your eyes open for Halloween surprises and see if you can see all 10!

  • Spider
  • Monster Eyes
  • Witches Hat
  • Crime Scene
  • Jack-O-Latern
  • Ghost
  • "Happy Halloween"
  • Bat Wings
  • Red Balloon
  • Alien Feet

A map of the route can be found here: Haunted Hike

Go to our Recreation, Leisure & Culture Programs page and our Youth Programs & Activities for more information. 

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.

Culture Days 

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture, taking place annually at the end of September. In 2020, Culture Days invites event organizers and the public alike to view arts and culture programming and participation by encouraging creative and outside-the-box thinking to reveal new avenues of discovery, learning, and expression. The theme for Culture Days 2020 is “Find Your Creative Place” (#MyPHCulture). Our goal is to see our community come together in celebration of the various cultures and highlight what culture means to each individual person.

Culture is a creative expression of who we are and who we want to be. It recognizes our values, customs and beliefs, heritage, built and natural environment, and our intellectual and social achievements. Culture is all those things that make our Municipality unique and vibrant— how people express life and live in our community. Join us on our Social Media channels Sept 25-October 25, 2020 as we celebrate #MyPHCulture. For more information, visit 

Try our Dowtown Port Hope Scavenger Hunt!

  • This building was originally built between 1851 and 1853 (rebuilt 1893), and has been the focal point for political activities within the community. The cornerstone for the ________________ was laid on September 9, 1851.
  • This tribute to Port Hope’s most prolific author is a full-sized interpretation of the dwelling of some of his characters. He received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. In what year was he born? ______________
  • This historic laneway preserves the railway right-of-way and the location that the Midland Railway passed through the downtown core across Walton Street and between the main street buildings. The laneway is called __________________ Lane. Read the dedication and find the date of the end of the era. The date is ____________________________.
  • This beast that was carved with a chainsaw now guards the river near a bridge. What is the name of the bridge? ___________________________________________
  • The historic _______________ was built in memory of all our armed forces who fought since Confederation in 1867. It was constructed with plans purchased from the Canadian Bandmasters' Association that provided "the most up-to-date scientific principles of sound technology" which makes it a memorable stage for summer concerts, theatre and festivals.
  • This place, familiar to bookworms, also houses a variety of local historical information. What is it called? __________________________________________
  • Port Hope’s iconic stage was designated as a National Historic Site in 2016. What is it called? _________________________________. One supporter was born the year the doors opened and has a ♡ (heart) etched in her stone. What is her name? __________________ .What is displayed on the iconic sign in lights? __________________________
  • This location recognizes a local legend who once walked a tightrope across the river. What is the name of the crossing? _______________________________________ When was his first public walk? ________________________
  • Historic maps, post cards and photos call this building their home, like the shot of the laying of the cornerstone at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in 1905. What is the name of this building?________________
  • Believed to be the first ____________ built for the Grand Trunk Railway in Port Hope in the mid-1850s, the ___________________ was moved from the harbour to Lent Lane in 2018. It is now a community art hub operated by Critical Mass Art, a not-for-profit contemporary arts organization.
  • Also known as Quality Meats in a popular movie filmed in Port Hope, can you locate the famous delivery door? What is the location? _________________________

Printable version of Downtown Port Hope Scavenger Hunt 

Municipal Council has designated September 28 as “National British Home Child Day” in support of a national campaign designed to help preserve and highlight this important part of our history. The Port Hope Town Hall clock tower will be illuminated from September 25 - 28 and the entire Port Hope community is invited to join the Municipality in becoming a beacon of light by turning on your porch light on September 28. The Beacon of Light initiative is organized by the British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association; an international organization which strives to catalogue and tell stories to reconnect families unjustly torn apart by migrant programs. The Beacon of Light is a global initiative and symbolic gesture of illuminating memorials, monuments, and buildings to show that these children are not forgotten.

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.