Recreation, Leisure & Culture Programs

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Recreation programs, schedules and drop-ins 

Port Hope offers a wide variety of recreation and leisure programs for all ages delivered by our caring, experienced staff. We are proud to hold a designation as a Youth Friendly Community and HIGH FIVE Accreditation.

For all of our programming download our Municipality of Port Hope Leisure Guide.

link to register online

Whether you are learning to swim, staying active, or becoming a certified aquatics leader, our aquatic programs promotes learning valued skills and achieving your personal best in a safe and fun environment.

For all Aquatics programs visit our Aquatics page
Children’s programs follow the HIGH FIVE standards to quality recreational programming. We focus on developing friendships, skills, giving every child a chance to play and participate as well as having a positive relationship with a caring adult.

Please see attached the complete details on all the 2018 Spring and Summer programs 

Activities with Parents

Parents must actively participate in these programs listed below.  All classes are 8 weeks in length unless otherwise indicated.

Art We Messy - A hands-on crafty program for toddlers and parents to enjoy! Have fun making creative masterpieces that you will remember doing together forever. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Wednesday's 2:00-3:00pm starting May 2
Ages: 1-3 years

Tiny Tumblers - A fun approach to active play!  Parents and tots work together to explore cooperative activities to get moving. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Wednesday's 6:00-6:45pm starting May 2
Ages: 1-3 years

 

Activities Without Parents

The following are programs that encourage independance for childrem without the participation of their parent/guardian. All classes are 8 weeks in length unless otherwise indicated.

Fundamental Sport - A fun packed program for children to develop the skills needed to play different sports.  You have to learn to kick before you can kick a winning goal!  Children will learn a variety of skills and drills while developing their fine and gross motor skills. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Thursday's 6:00-6:45pm starting May 3
Ages: 2-4 years

Kidnazium - An active program designed to develop flexibility, coordination, balance, fine- and gross-motor skills.  Using gymnastics equipment, participants are encouraged to try different fundamentals of gymnastics.  Also included as a focus is fitness and fun! Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Monday's 6:00-6:45pm starting April 30
Ages: 3-5
 years

Tiny Danc'as - A fun and creative introductory class to introduce little ones to rhythm, movement, and music.  Skills development is based on basic ballet, tap, and jazz.  Routines will be developed and weekly activities will be based on themes. Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex

Spring 2018- Thursday's 6:00-6:45pm starting May 3
Ages: 3-5 years

Junior Chefs - Learn the basics such as kitchen safety, table setting, measuring, and mixing.  This program gives a chance to get your hands messy in the kitchen while preparing some healthy treats.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018 (7 weeks)- Monday's 6:00-7:00pm starting April 30
Ages: 4-7 years

Ar(KID)ecture - Get out your blue prints and come build with us!  Staff will plan weekly themes where children build out of a variety of materials including lego, popscicle sticks, and more.  The possibilities are endless and sure to be tons of fun!  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Tuesday's 6:00-7:00pm starting May 1
Ages: 6-9 years

Dish It Up! - Experiment with recipes, create masterpieces in the kitchen!  The best part is tasting all the fun. Develop skills in cooking, easuring, learn to set a table and clean up too!  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Wednesday's 7:00-8:00pm starting May 2
Ages: 8-12 years
 

Eco Kids - Come explore the great outdoors! This program offers a great opportunity for developing leadership skills, team-building and problem-solving skills.  Let's get back to nature and discover all the living things around us.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Monday's 7:00-8:00pm starting April 30
Ages: 8-12 years
 

Ice skating is a low-impact activity that enhances fitness and improves balance and coordination. Various activity options allow you to spend time with family and friends.

For the Skating schedule visit our Arena page

Please be advised that the skating rink at the Jack Burger Sports Complex is closed for the Spring and Summer 2018 season.  Please check back in the Fall of 2018 for program updates.


The Municipality of Port Hope's Day Camp provides children with memories that will last a life time. The Day Camp program follows the HIGH FIVE standards of quality programming and is led by trained and qualified staff.

For the Day Camp information visit our Day Camp page

Summer 2018 Camp Details

Registraion:
Monday to Thursday 8:30am-8:00pm starting May 22, 2018

Registration is ongoing. Children need to be registered no later than the Thursday prior to the week they plan to attend camp.

Nut-Sensitive Environment - Due to nut allergies, we ask that NO NUTS or other nut-added products be brought to camp.

Sick/Absent Campers - If your child is displaying signs of illness, please do not send them to camp for the consideration of other campers and staff.  If your child will not be attending camp on a day that they are registered, please call the Town Park Recreation Centre at 905-885-7908 or e-mail daycamp@porthope.ca to notify staff.

Medications - If a child requires prescription medication on a regular basis that is to be administered at camp, please note the following procedures for sending medication to camp.

  1. Parents must indicate at registration the type of medication, dosage, and optimum time of dispense.
  2. Only send the correct dose for the week.
  3. All medications must be in its prescription bottle with the child's name and dosage.
  4. Staff are not permitted to administer nonprescription drugs at camp.

Day Camp - Our regular summer Day Camp is offered for ages 4-12 years.  With flexible registration options, you can select with week-at-a-time or full-summer options.  Our trained staff will be sure to offer your child a fun and unique experience.     

Our fun, weekly schedule includes:

  • Wild Science
  • Eco-art
  • Kitchen creations
  • Sports of all sorts
  • Wacky waterways 
  • Local tours to the parks, trails, and beaches (Monday's)
  • Swimming (Tuesday's and Wednesday's)
  • Trips (Thursday's- register at time of registration)

Please bring:

  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Backpack to carry everything in

Dates: July 2-August 31
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm
*Extended Hours Available: 7:00-8:30am and 4:30-6:00pm 

*Additional fees apply, please request when registering.

 
New This Year

Canton Summer Day Camp - Day Camp staff plan a fun filled week for campers including water activities, sports, crafts, and so much more.  Campers at the Canton location will also be attending the trip on Thursday's.

Please bring:

  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Backpack to carry everything in

Dates: July 2-July 6, August 6-10
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm
*Extended Hours Available: 7:00-8:30am and 4:30-6:00pm 

*Additional fees apply, please request when registering.

Camp Canvas - A week full of creative creations!  Camp staff along with special guests will bring out your child's creative side through various forms of art including painting, sculpting, drama, dance, and more.  This is a speciality camp, additional fees apply.

Date: August 20-24
Ages: 8-12

 

Speciality Camps

We offer a variety of speciality camps for both children and youth.  Speciality camps are focused on skill development, team building, problem solving, and new friendships with others with the same common interests.

Jr. Firefighters - Sign up for a week of firefighting, investigating, and problem solving!  Campers spend the week with the local Port Hope Firefighters learning about emergency situations, equipment and what it takes to be a leader.  Led by program staff and firefighter volunteers.

Dates: July 9-13
Ages: 6-10 years

Kids in the Kitchen- This camp is designed to teach children the importance of a healthy diet through a creative cooking apporach.  Using the Canadian Food Guide as the starting point, children will be able to create a food masterpiece each day to complement their daily lunch.  Bring recipes home and share with family and friends.

Dates: August 6-10
Ages: 6-10 years

Tennis Camp- In cooperation with the Port Hope Racquet Club.  Campers will benefit from learning skills and techniques through professional coaching.  New this year is the option to stay for the afternoon for more racquet sports as well as swimming.

Dates: July 9-13, July 17-21, August 14-18, August 20-24
Time: Half Day 8:00am-12:00pm (Tennis only), 12:00pm-4:30pm (Racquet Sport Option)
Ages: 7-16 years

Jr. Lifeguards - This program takes components from the Canadian Swim Patrol, Bronze Star and Bronze Medallion courses.  Participants need to be strong, competent swimmers.  Drop-off and pick-up will be at the Town Park Recreation Centre.  Level 4 Swim Kids required.

Dates: July 30-August 3
Ages: 8-12 years

Boys Only - Just for the guys! Come join us for a week of fishing, biking, basketball, and many other activities.  This camp is full of awesome sports, guest speakers, and gadgets.  Led by male staff and volunteers.

Dates: July 23-27
Ages: 8-12 years

Just the Girls- There is no other girl in the world exactly like you!  In this camp you will have fun with the girls with makeup, hair styling, crafts, and special guests.  Discover new friendships while developing self-esteem.  Led by female staff and volunteers.

Date: July 16-20
Ages: 8-12 years

Waterfront Camp - A fun, interactive camp to try a variety of activities as well as build on coordination and balance, team work, and problem solving.  Participants will have the opportunity to try canoeing, paddle boarding, water sports as well as attend the Thursday trip. Space is limited, a maximum of 10 registrants will permitted.

Dates: August 13-17
Ages: 8-12 years

All Youth programs provide youth with the development of life skills and focus on the 7 developmental needs of youth. All programs promote healthy choices and active living.

For all Youth programs visit our Youth and Activities page

National Youth Week 

National Youth Week is May 1-7, 2018.  Come out and see all of the great activities Port Hope has to offer.

http://www.porthope.ca/national-youth-week 

 

Youth Events

Summer Youth Events are a guaranteed good time!  A wide variety of activities are available for you!  Contact the Child and Youth Coordinator for more details at the Town Park Recreation Centre.  905-885-7908  youth@porthope.ca

Skate Park Kick Off - In the spirit of summer just around the corner, come kick off the start of the Skate Park season!  A day of music, BBQ and some really talented youth.  Join in the activities or just come and enjoy the atmosphere.  Location: Port Hope Skate Park

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00am
Ages: All ages

Kids, Cops, and Canadian Tire Fishing Derby - A FREE fun day of fishing, activities, and prizes!  Made possible by the sponsorship of Kids, Cops and Canadian Tire, the Municipality of Port Hope, Port Hope Police and Police Association, and the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority.  Location: Port Hope Marina Fish Cleaning Station

Friday, July 6, 2018 from 9:00am- 1:00pm
Ages: 17 years and under

Road Hockey Game - Registration Required! $20 per team, maximum 10 participants per team.  Must provide your own equipment.  Location: Caroline Street Rink

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 11:00am
Ages: 13-15 years

Youth Paint Nights - Come create a masterpiece.  All materials supplied.  Registration required! Location: Canton Municipal Building

Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:00pm
Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 6:00pm
Fee: $20 per person
Ages: 15-18 years

Seniors Vs Youth Picnic Games - FREE activtity! Sign up with your youth or senior coordinator. youth@porthope.ca OR rclarkecentre@porthope.ca. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 11:00am
Ages: All Youth and Seniors

 

Youth Programs

Youth programs offer youth the opportunity to build self-confidence, learn new skills, and build new relationships.

Leader in Training (LIT) - Recognized as part of the Department of Parks, recreation and Culture Youth Volunteer and Engagement Program.  With the growing success of the LIT program, this mentoring program is designed to enhance leadership skills, teamwork abilities, problem solving and more.  Schedules for LIT's will be based on ratios and availability.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Dates: July 2-13
Ages: 12-13 years
*Please register by June 29, 2018

Counsellor in Training (CIT) - CIT's will learn day camp and program procedures, HIGH FIVE fundamentals and more in a fun and interactive way.  As youth successfully complete the program, they may be eligible to volunteer in the Departments Youth Volunteer Program, including Summer Day Camp. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Dates: July 2-6
Ages: 13-15 years
*Please register by June 29, 2018

Waterfront Program - Enjoy a week of waterfront activities including paddleboarding, canoeing, water sports, and more. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Dates: July 23-27
Ages: 12-15 years

What's Cookin' - Learn life skills and enjoy the taste of great food made by YOU!  Participants will also learn how to shop on a budget and use the Canadian Food Guide.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Summer 2018 (8 weeks)- Tuesday's 1:00-2:00pm starting July 3
Ages: 12-15 years

Youth Social - Come join in the fun with a variety of activities, themes and snacks. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Summer 2018- Thursday's 6:00-8:00pm starting July 5
Fee: $1.00
Ages: 10-15 years

 

Youth Drop-In Programs

Have some free time and looking for something to do?  Daily drop-ins at the Town Park Recreation Centre starting July 2 to September 2, 2018.

Cameco Gym - Drop in to the gym and play some basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, badminton, or pickleball.  It is a great place to meet up with your friends and get some physical activity.

Monday's
Ages: All Ages- 5:30-6:30pm

Thursday's and Friday's
Ages: All Ages- 1:30-3:30pm

Monday's, Thursday's, and Friday's
Ages: 13 years and up- 3:30-5:30pm

Youth Centre - Drop in to the youth centre and play billiards, ping pong, shuffleboard and foosball while hanging out with your friends.  Right outside the door of the youth centre is the skate park that hosts many fun events.

Monday to Friday
Ages: 9 years and up- 1:00-6:00pm
Ages: 13 years and up- 6:00-8:00pm

 

Whether you're looking to stay active, meet new people or engage with your community, we have a variety of classes, drop-ins & events for you to participate in.

Please click here for information on all Adult and Older Adult 2018 Spring and Summer Programs.

 

FREE TRY IT WEEK

Cavan Street Park - Outdoor Fitness Park - The new outdoor fitness park at Cavan Street Park has been installed and is ready for you to use.  This equipment, geared to ages 13 years and up, is available to those who are out on the trail, or those that want to enjoy the benefits of physical activity in an outdoor setting.  We are offering a FREE TRY IT WEEK April 23-29, 2018 with a certified fitness instructor at the times below.

Monday, April 23, 2018- 12:00-1:00pm
Wednesday, April 25, 2018- 5:30-6:30pm
Friday, April 27, 2018- 7:30-8:30am

 

Art & Culture Programs and Workshops

Come out and try one of our new art and culture programs!

Registration:
Spring 2018: April 16-25

Acrylic Painting (Landscape and Garden Series) -Explore nature's glorious colours, forms and textures with the versatility of acrylic paint.  Learn to use expressive brush strokes, layering and a variety of techniques to create paintings using landscape and garden references.  Participants will be required to purchase supplies after the first class. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018 (4 weeks)- Wednesday's 6:0-8:30pm starting May 9

Family Paint Night- Owl Themed - Come out as a family and participate in this 3 hour workshop to create a colourful, creative owl.  All materials provided.  Location: Canton Municipal Building

Spring 2018- Wednesday, May 2, 2018 6:00-9:00pm

Photography Workshop- A unique workshop on digital photography.  Perfect for anyone who is looking to understand more about their digital camera.  You will have time to go outside and practice shooting.  You are required to bring your own DSLR camera. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Tuesday, May 8, 2018 5:00-8:00pm
Spring 2018- Thursday, June 7, 2018 1:00-4:00pm

Interested in other art and culture programs?  Please share your ideas with Sherrie Aldred, Recreation and Culture Coordinator at saldred@porthope.ca

 

Fitness Programs

Which fitness class is for you?  Did you know that the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend adults and older adults participate in 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week?  Sign up for our fitness classes and take your first steps towards a healthier you!  All classes are 8 weeks in length unless otherwise indicated.

Registration:
Spring 2018: April 16-25
Summer 2018: June 11-27

Cardio Pump & Cardio Ball - We work together to increase your core strength and flexibility.  Alternate weeks or cardio warm-up and free weights and cardio warm-up and Swedish stability ball workouts. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Wednesday's 7:00-8:00pm starting May 2
Summer 2018- Wednesday's 7:00-8:00pm starting July 4

Core Strength - Core Strength training aims to target all the muscle groups that stabilize the spine and pelvis. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Tuesday's 9:30-10:30am starting May 1

Gentle Yoga - Gentle relaxation techniques including breathing and stretching. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Wednesday's 10:00-11:00am starting May 2

Hatha Yoga - Build on your poses and strength using proper alignment and breath control.  Helps to reduce stress and increase energy. Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex

Spring 2018- Tuesday's 10:00-11:00am starting May 1

Heart Health - Having issues with arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes or your heart?  Improve strength, flexibility and balance in this class.  Please be aware that this is not a registered program.  You purchase a pass (1, 2, or 3 classes per week).  Come out and try one class for FREE!  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday's 10:30-11:30am starting April 30

Muscle Strengthening & Conditioning Beginner - Using small weights and your own body weight, participants go through a series of exercises to help improve posture, strengthen muscles and learn to stretch correctly to benefit the entire body.  This class is meant for beginners. Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex

Spring 2018- Monday's 10:15-11:15am starting April 30

Muscle Strengthening & Conditioning Intermediate - Using small weights and your own body weight, participants go through a series of exercises to help improve posture, strengthen muscles and learn to stretch correctly to benefit the entire body.  This class is for participants who want a bit more of a challenge. Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex

Spring 2018- Monday's 9:00-10:00am starting April 30

Nordic Pole Walking - Come out and try Nordic Pole Walking with a trained group leader.  Nordic Pole Walking is an effective low-impact physical activity that incorporates more than 90% of body muscles with each stride.  You need to bring your own poles. Location: Canton Municipal Building

Spring 2018- Thursday's 12:00-1:00pm starting May 3
Summer 2018- Thursday's 12:00-1:00pm starting July 5

Outdoor Circuit Training - Circuit training moves you from one strength exercise to another without stopping, providing you with a high-intensity, fat-burning workout.  This program will utilize the new fitness park equipment installed at Cavan Sreet Park and surrounding trails for cardio. Location: Cavan Street Park

Spring 2018- Friday's 7:00-8:00am starting May 4
Summer 2018- Friday's 7:00-8:00am starting July 6

Plyoga - Your body is power! Plyoga is a 4 part interval training system using the benfits of fundamental and accelerated yoga as an active recovery for plyometric (reactive) movement. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre 

Spring 2018- Thursday's 6:00-7:00pm starting May 3

Sit and Be Fit - Geared toward older adults 55 years and older.  Seated exercises that will improve and maintain your strength and flexibility.  Weights are optional, some are provided.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Tuesday's 10:00-11:00am starting May 1

Trail Fit - Hike along the trail, pausing at regular intervals to complete exercises and circuits. Location: Cavan Street Park

Spring 2018- Wednesday's 9:30-10:30am starting May 2
Summer 2018 (9 weeks)- Wednesday's 9:30-10:30am starting July 4

Zumba - Cardio workout based on dance movements to all types of music styles.  Improve your cardio endurance and flexibility while having fun. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018 (7 weeks)- Monday's 7:00-8:00pm starting April 30
Summer 2018- Monday's 7:00-8:00pm starting July 2

 

Drop-In Programs

Drop in to any of the programs below during the time that works for you!  Equipment available for these activities or bring your own.  Participants will be expected to set up their own equipment.  Open during facility hours.  
*Please be advised that all drop-in programs are subject to cancellation.  Please check the cancellation schedule at www.porthope.ca/recreation-cancellations

Badminton - Geared to older adults.  Low impact indoor sport in a fun, recreational and social atmosphere. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday's 1:40-3:30pm starting April 30
Summer 2018- Monday and Wednesday's 1:40-3:30pm starting July 2

Fun4Life - For people with special needs 18 yrs+.  Offered by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture, Northumberland Family Respite and Community Living West Northumberland to enhance opportunities in physical activity and nutrition. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Monday's 1:30-3:30pm starting April 30
Spring 2018- Wednesday's 10:00-12:00pm starting May 2
Summer 2018- Monday's 1:30-3:30pm starting July 2
Summer 2018- Wednesday's 10:00-12:00pm starting July 4

Fun4Life- Drop-in Friday's -Drop-in and hang out with friends in the youth lounge.  Not supervised or staff led.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Friday's 10:00-12:00pm
Summer 2018- Friday's 10:00-12:00pm

Indoor Shuffleboard - Geared to older adults.  Try out your strength and coordination with this fun and social program. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Tuesday's 1:00-3:00pm starting May 1
Summer 2018- Tuesday's 1:00-3:00pm starting July 3

Men's Activity Club (MAC) - Leave the ladies at home and join in the social men's club with billiards, cribbage, Texas hold'em, special events, coffee and goodies.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Monday's 9:30-11:30am starting April 30
Summer 2018- Monday's 9:30-11:30am starting July 2

Pickleball - A sport in which two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball (similiar to a whiffle ball) over a net.  All levels of play welcome. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday's 11:40-1:30pm starting April 30
Summer 2018- Monday and Wednesday's 11:40-1:30pm starting July 2

Pickleball- Beginner - Interested in trying the sport of Pickleball?  This time slot is for you.  Come try out the sport in a comfortable, stress-free environment.  Our experienced volunteers will be here to show you the ropes and introduce you to the sport.  This is for beginners only!  Intermediate and advanced players are asked to play at their skill level. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018 (4 weeks)- Thursday's 6:30-8:30pm starting May 3 

Pickleball- Advanced - This timeslot is for the advanced player to come out and enjoy a more competitive environment.  Level of play: Advanced only!  This timeslot is only available for the Spring and Summer of 2018 and will not be available in the Fall of 2018. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Tuesday's 6:30-8:30pm starting May 1
Summer 2018- Tuesday's 6:30-8:30pm starting July 3

Pickleball- Arena Floor - New this yearis Pickleball on the arena floor at the Jack Burger Sports Complex.  Nets and bumpers will be provided.  Players will be expected to set-up and clean-up equipment.  All levels of play welcome.  Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex

Spring 2018- Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday's 9:30-12:00pm starting June 12
Summer 2018- Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday's 9:30-12:00pm July 3-August 15

Ping Pong - A sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small paddle.  We now have 3 tables! Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Friday's 1:30-3:30pm starting May 4
Summer 2018- Friday's 1:30-3:30pm starting July 6

Walking Club - Go for a morning walk in the gymnasium in a safe climate-controlled environment.  Bring your favourite music or chat with friends.  This program is FREE! Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2018- Monday to Friday 8:00-9:30am starting April 30

 

Our 55+ centre provides opportunity for community engagement, social inclusion and physical activity through the wide variety of programming available. Become a member of the centre to enjoy the benefits our programs have to offer.

For all Ruth Clarke programs visit our Ruth Clarke Activity Centre page