Recreation & Leisure


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COVID 19 Update

All recreation facilities, parks and playgrounds are currently closed. Information relating to the COVID19 situation is posted regularly at check this page frequently for updates. 


June is Recreation and Parks Month and Seniors Month

Skip, hop, roll, and jump your way through Recreation and Parks month! June might be different this year, but it’s still recreation and parks month!  June celebrates Ontario’s spectacular parks and recreation services and raises awareness of the role recreation plays in well-being.  This year, with COVID-19 measures in place, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture has come up with some fun activities for you to participate in at home while maintaining physical distancing.

Skip through the week by celebrating Recreation and Parks month.  Take a walk down to the beach or river and enjoy the old past time of skipping rocks. How many times can you skip a rock?  Try to beat your score. Engage in some skipping rope activities or skip and dance around the house while nobody is watching. If you have mastered the skill of skipping can you do it to a song? Take some pictures and post them to:

Try out this rhyme or teach it to a child while skipping. Jump rope while you sing this rhyme, and act out the actions as the words come up in the rhyme.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, show your shoe,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, that will do!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go upstairs,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn out the lights,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say good-night!


Hop through the week by participating in Recreation and Parks month.  The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is challenging you to some good old fashion fun and are chalk painting different hop scotch challenges around town on the sidewalks and in different park areas.  Take your family out for a walk and join in on the fun. Take some pictures and post them to:


Want to make your own hop scotch?  Use your imagination and draw the boxes to be jumped in. Use various colours and shapes to draw your boxes. Use the chalk as the marker or find stones, beanbags, buttons or small plastic toys. Be creative and play some cool games.

Enjoy making some sidewalk chalk with your children.  Here are some easy sidewalk chalk recipes used by our camp staff.

Sidewalk chalk paint

½ cup cornstarch
½ cup water
Food coloring

1. Mix equal parts cornstarch with water.  Add food coloring. 

Puffy Sidewalk chalk paint

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup shaving cream
food coloring
gallon freezer bags
plastic squirt bottles

1. In a freezer bag mix flour and water together
2. Add food coloring and ½ cup of shaving cream.  Mix well in bag
3. Cut small corner of bag and squeeze into squeeze bottle

Roll your way through the week by participating in Recreation and Parks month.  Bike, scooter, rollerblade or skateboard around town and enjoy the beautiful spring time weather.  If you don’t have wheels, then roll around your backyard or find a small hill and roll down it or practice a somersault in your backyard.  Get creative and make an outdoor bowling alley in your drive way using water bottles and a ball and roll the ball down your driveway and knock over the waterbottles.  Fill up the water bottles with water, food colouring and sparkles to make it bright and colourful. Take some pictures and post them to:

June 21 is go skateboarding day. Get your board out and celebrate the longest day of summer. 

Jump your way through the week by participating in Recreation and Parks month.  Find some creative ways to incorporate jumping.  Get some exercise by jumping on a trampoline, pogo stick, make some hurdles to jump over, see how far you can jump or complete some jumping jacks. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is challenging you to jump around some parks and trails.  Take your family out for a walk and find the lily pads or bugs painted on the sidewalk or trails around town.  When you find them use your imagination and have some fun.  If you find the lily pads then jump like a frog onto them.  If you find the bugs then jump on them and squish them. Take some pictures and post them to:


Parks and Recreation Ontario has given more ideas to get active during Recreation and Parks month. These activities are for all ages. From weekly bingo, gardening, physical exercise, mental exercise, healthy eating and more, there are many activities to try. Remember to practice physical distancing while trying these fun activities. Take some pictures and post them to:



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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.