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.

Swimming will re-open at the Jack Burger Sports Complex on July 6 and Day Camp will begin July 13. All other recreation facilities and are currently closed. Information relating to the COVID19 situation is posted regularly at check this page frequently for updates. 

We want to hear from our community, about returning to programs and facilities, your concerns and your interests. Click here to complete a very short survey.


Pool Schedule and Reservations 

Link to online reservations

Lane, adult, family and public swims will be available starting July 6. 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.

Jack Burger Sports Complex Hours of Operation- for phone in reservations and pool times starting on Monday, July 6 from Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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. 

Important dates:

  • Aug 13: swim schedule and reservations for Aug 16-22

We are pleased to announce that the hot tub is now 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

We are excited to announce that we are ready to offer swimming lessons, aquafit and aquaeasy starting the week of July 27, 2020. 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).

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.

Day Camp will start on July 13 (specialty camps will not be offered this year)
Registration is now available on-line or by telephone by calling 905-885-7908.  Registration is open for the remainder of the summer and parents/guardians can register for as many weeks as they wish.  Families will receive a call to complete the pre-screening requirements the Friday before the week of camp they have registered for.

Fee for Camp: $145/child weekly (no daily options this year)
Go to our camp page for full details.

Outdoor Fitness Opportunities 

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is offering outdoor fitness opportunities for adults and older adults this summer. All classes have been developed according to Provincial guidelines and requirements from our local health unit. It is our priority to ensure the safety and well being of both our instructors and participants. Classes will be offered for a 4-5-week session starting the week of July 27, and participants must register to participate (there will be no drop-in option). Online and phone registration (905-885-2474) is ongoing. The following classes will be offered:

  • Outdoor Yin Yoga
  • Outdoor Hatha Yoga
  • Pole Walking 

For more information, please visit the Adult and Older Adult Programs section on our Recreation, Leisure & Culture Programs page. 

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.

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.