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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 here or see the information below.

For all program and drop-in cancellations, please check the Cancellation Page for monthly updates.

 

link to register online

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SpringSummer_2019_Program_Evaluation 

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/daycamp-2019 

Fitness Evaluation

We would love to hear what you think!  Please fill out our program evaluation for the program that you are registered for.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SpringSummer_2019_Fitness_Evaluation 

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

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 the attached sections below to view the complete details on all the Spring 2019 programs

Activities with Parents

Parents must actively participate in these programs listed below.  All classes are 10 weeks in length unless otherwise indicated.

Active Start - Gym drop in program for children and parent/guardian/caregiver. Hop on our trampoline, climbing apparatus, balls, parachute games and more.. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2019 (8 weeks)- Fridays 9:30-10:30 am

Ages: 3 years and under

 

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

The Municipality of Port Hope's Day Camp provides children with memories that will last a lifetime. 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 or see the information below.

Camp Details

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
  • Creative Arts
  • Kitchen creations
  • Sports of all sorts
  • Wacky waterways 
  • Local Tour Mondays
  • Swimming Tuesdays and Fridays (except Camp at the Port Hope Community Hub, 1/2 day Tennis Camp, Rural Roots, Innovators, and Camp Canvas)
  • Trips Thursdays (must be registered for the full week of camp to attend the trip; Tennis Camp does not attend the trip)

Please bring:

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

2019 Summer Camp

Dates: July 2-August 30, 2019
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm
*Extended Hours Available: 7:00-8:30am and 4:30-6:00pm 

*Additional fees apply, please request when registering.

Registration:
Monday to Thursday 8:30am-8:00pm starting April 15, 2019

Registration is ongoing. Children need to be registered no later than the Thursday prior to the week they plan to attend camp.  Children must be registered for the full week of camp to attend the trip on Thursdays.

Day Camp Newsletters:

Please take the time to read our weekly day camp newsletters for all of the information you need to know for the week.

Newsletters arrive the first week of camp!

 

For a detailed lesson plan for Summer Day Camp please click on the appropriate link below.

Lesson plans coming soon!


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 29-August 2, 2019, August 26-30, 2019
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm

New Speciality Camps This Summer!

Speciality camp fees apply to all of the below camps.

Camp Outback - Campers will explore the great outdoors! Fishing, trails, survival and more. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Dates: July 8-12
Ages: 10-12 years

Sports Camp - A week full of sports, sports, and more sports!  Develop your skills in basketball, soccer, flag football, volleyball, floor hockey and more. Campers will be visiting the Jack Burger Sports Complex to do some water sports as well as pickleball! Location: Port Hope High School and Jack Burger Sports Complex

Dates: August 12-16
Age: 8-12 years 

Rural Roots Camp - Nothing like the Great Outdoors! Campers will learn leadership skills, problem solving and teamwork. Activities will include camping skills, setting up a tent, map navigation and building a fire. There will also be an overnight camp out planned. Maximum of 10 registrants. Location: Port Hope Community Hub

Dates: August 12-16
Ages: 8-12 years

Innovators Camp - Enjoy a week of imagination and creativity. Your innovators will discover, create and explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Maximum of 10 registrants. Location: Port Hope Community Hub

Dates: August 19-23
Ages: 8-12 years

Magnificent You! Camp - This camp focuses on life skills, team building and building self-confidence through activities such as cooking, sports and dramatic arts. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Dates: August 26-30
Ages: 8-12 years

 

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.  Location: Port Hope Fire Hall
For a detailed lesson plan for the week please click on the appropriate link below.

Dates: July 15-19 for ages 6-9 years
Dates: July 22-26 for ages 10-12 years

Kids in the Kitchen- This camp is designed to teach children the importance of a healthy diet through a creative cooking approach.  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.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre
For a detailed lesson plan for the week please click on the appropriate link below.

Dates: July 22-26
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 in a non-competitive environment.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Dates: July 15-19, July 22-26, August 12-16, August 19-23* (*Full day only)
Time: Half Day 8:30am-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 Jack Burger Sports Complex with the exception of trip day when drop-off and pick-up will be at the Town Park Recreation Centre.  Level 4 Swim Kids required.  Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex
For a detailed lesson plan for the week please click on the appropriate link below.

Dates: July 29-August 2
Ages: 8-12 years

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. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Dates: August 5-9
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.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

For a detailed lesson plan for the week please click on the appropriate link below.

Dates: August 19-23
Ages: 8-12 years

 

Detailed lesson plans for all camps - Please click on the appropriate camp to see what will be offered on a daily basis.

Coming Soon!

 

 

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

Youth Events

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

Breakfast Club - A FREE breakfast and a movie, offered in partnership with the Port Hope Library. Location: Port Hope Community Hub

Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Ages: 10-18 years

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 Fish Cleaning Station

Friday, July 5, 2019 from 9:00am- 1:00pm

Ages: 17 years and under

Seniors Vs Youth Summer Series  A new activity every Thursday, including pickleball, swimming, baking and more.  Schedule coming soon! Location: Various

Thursdays, July 4-August 24, 2019 at 1:00-3:00 pm

Ages: All Youth and Seniors

Fee: $1 per participant

Youth Programs

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

Youth Action Committee - The Youth Action Committee is composed of driven and enthusiastic leaders from ages 12-18 who strive to see positive development toward youth recreation and culture throughout the Municipality of Port Hope.  Contact the Child and Youth Coordinator today for more information at youth@porthope.ca.

Ages: 12-18 years

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. Minimum of 24 hours of volunteer service required to pass the course.  Will be encouraged to volunteer during the overnight camp out with the Camp Outback.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Summer 2019- July 2-12, 2019 (2 weeks- Monday-Friday)
Summer 2019- August 6-16 (2 weeks- Monday-Friday)

Ages: 12-13 years

*Please register by June 27, 2019

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. Minimum of 24 hours of volunteer service required to pass the course.  Will be encouraged to volunteer during the overnight camp out with the Camp Outback. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Summer 2019- July 2-5, 2019 (1 week- Monday-Friday)
Summer 2019- August 6-9, 2019 (1 week- Monday-Friday) 

Ages: 13-15 years

*Please register by June 27, 2019

Floor Hockey  - Drop in for floor hockey.  Teams will be made up when you arrive.  You must bring your own equipment, helemet with face mask, shin pads, gloves and sticks.  Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex

Summer 2019 (8 weeks)- Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm

Ages: 12-15 years

Fee: $1

Intro to Springboard Diving - This course is designed to introduce the basic skills for 1m springboard diving in a safe and fun environment. Participants will learn skills and progress at their own pace. Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex

Prerequisite: Red Cross Level 5

Summer 2019: Sundays 4:00-4:45pm

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-September 1, 2019.

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.  Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver 15 years and up.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Summer 2019
Mondays 1:30-3:30 pm All Ages; 3:30-5:30 pm 13+
Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 pm 13+
Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 pm Ages 13-18
Thursdays 1:30-3:30 pm All Ages; 3:30-5:00 pm 13+
Saturdays 12:30-1:30 pm 12 & Under; 3:00-6:00 pm All Ages

Fee: $1

Youth Centre - Drop into the youth centre for activities including cooking, xbox, ping pong, wifi and more.  In partnership with community members a variety of activities will be offered.  Right outside the door of the youth centre is the skate park.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Summer 2019Monday to Saturday 1:00-6:00pm

Ages: 9 years and up 

Fee: $1

Youth Drop-In - Stop at the Hub each month for some activities and social interaction.  There will be different activities and food.  This program is offered in partnership with the Port Hope Library for FREE.  Location: Port Hope Community Hub

Spring 2019- Saturday, June 15, 2019 11:00-1:00 pm
Summer 2019- Saturday, July 20 and August 17, 2019 11:00-1:00 pm

Ages: 9 years and up

 

 

 

 

 

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 2019 Spring and Summer Programs or see the information below.

 

Outdoor Fitness Classes

The outdoor fitness park at Cavan Street Park 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.

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 Outdoor Fitness Park

Summer 2019 (8 weeks)- Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am

Pole Fusion - Walk with poles for a total body workout. Add more strength training outdoors using poles and other fitness equipment while incorporating balance and stretching into the class. Poles included. Location: Cavan Street Outdoor Fitness Park

Summer 2019 (7 weeks)- Mondays 12:00-1:00 pm

Stretch Out Sundays - Free guide Yoga and Fitness sessions outside in Memorial Park and surrounding trails. All bodies, ages and skill level welcomed to find their centre in downtown Port Hope. Location: Memorial Park and surrounding trails

Summer 2019- Sundays 9:00-10:00 am
July 7, 2019- Pole Walking (Poles Provided)
July 14, 2019- Yoga
July 21, 2019- Trail Fit
July 28, 2019- Yoga
August 4, 2019- Trail Fit
August 11, 2019- Yoga
August 18, 2019- Trail Fit
August 25, 2019- Yoga

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

Summer 2019 (8 weeks)- Thursdays 9:00-10:00 am

Art & Culture Programs and Workshops

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

NEW Fitness Programs 

These programs are being offered for the first time in the Municipality of Port Hope.  Register to secure your spot!

Dance Fusion - 20 minutes of dance fit cardio, 40 minutes of light weight training and stretch. Location: Ruth Clarke Activity Centre

Summer 2019 (8 weeks)- Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 am

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 10 weeks in length unless otherwise indicated.

Registration:
Summer 2019: June 10-26

Restorative Yoga - Restorative yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support.  Location: Ruth Clarke Activity Centre

Summer 2019 (8 weeks)- Fridays 10:00-11:00 am

Drop into 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 for monthly updates.

FREE Gentle Yoga Drop-in- Gentle relaxation techniques including breathing and stretching.  Location: Port Hope Community Hub

Summer 2019- Wednesday, July 3 and August 7, 2019 2:00-3:00 pm 

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

Spring 2019- Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 1:40-3:30 pm
Summer 2019- Wednesdays and Fridays 1:40-3:30 pm

Basketball - Drop-in and participate in a game of pick-up basketball or 21. Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2019- Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 am

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

Spring 2019-Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 pm
Summer 2019- Tuesdays 1:00-3:00 pm 

Men's Activity Club - Join in the social club with cribbage, Texas hold'em, special events, coffee and goodies.  Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Spring 2019- Mondays 9:30-11:30 am 
Summer 2019- Mondays 9:30-11:30 am 

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

Spring 2019- Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11:40-1:30 pm
Summer 2019- Wednesdays and Fridays 11:40-1:30 pm

Pickleball- Beginner - Interested in trying the sport of Pickleball?  This time slot is for you.  Come out and try 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 2019- Thursday, May 2, 9, 23, 30, 2019 6:30-8:30 pm 

Pickleball- Arena Floor - Back again this year is pickleball on the arena floor at Jack Burger Sports Complex. Nets and bumpers will be provided. Players will be expected to set-up and cleanup equipment. All levels of play welcome. Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex

Summer 2019*- Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 9:30 am- 12:00 pm
*Until August 17

Outdoor Pickleball - Available at Welcome tennis courts this summer. Enjoy this fast growing sport in the great outdoors. Also available at the Jack Burger Sports Complex. Note that the Caroline Street Rink courts will not be available in 2019.

Ping Pong Club - 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 2019- Fridays 1:30-3:30 pm
Summer 2019- Fridays 1:30-3:30 pm

Port Hope Walkers - Participate in the Indoor Walking program and stay safe while being active.  Enjoy some exercise while meeting new people.  This program is FREE!

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre Gymnasium
Spring 2019- Monday to Friday 8:00-9:30am. For July and August please use the outdoor track.

Location: Jack Burger Sports Complex Halls/Lobby
During regular facility hours.

Our 55+ centre provides an opportunity for community engagement, social inclusion and physical activity through a 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