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The Ruth Clarke Centre for Seniors was constructed in 1979. Annual memberships are available for adults age 55 and older. The annual membership allows for participation in the centre’s programs as well as additional discounts for fitness classes. Meeting spaces are also available for rentals.

Ruth Clarke Activity Centre for Seniors Logo

Office hours of operation

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*Hours may vary dependent on programs.

Holiday Schedule

Below is the Holiday Schedule for Ruth Clarke Members.
Spaces fill up fast, don’t be disappointed, make sure to register by phone in 905-885-7908 and or in person.
Click here for the skating Holiday Schedule.
Click here for the swimming  Holiday Schedule.

55+ Holiday Virtual Bingo

Join us on Tuesday December 22 from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. a holiday-themed virtual bingo session! This interactive staff-led event will be run through Zoom. The cost to play is $3.00 which includes the contactless delivery of 10 bingo cards to your residence. A link for online access will be emailed in advance and the use of internet through a laptop, tablet, or smart phone is required. You must register in advance. To sign-up please contact the Town Park Recreation Centre at 905-885-7908.

Empire Crossing has kindly agreed to offer a one-on-one “Zoom How To” session for seniors. Please contact Emily at 905-885-7908 for more information.


Thank you to Empire Crossing Retirement Community for sponsoring this event!

RCAC Tai Chi
Tuesday, January 5, 200

Tai Chi Continuing- 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Tai Chi Instructed- 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Ornament Decorating Workshop
Join us for some fancy and festive fun! Older adults ages 55+ are invited to participate in a holiday ornament decorating workshop on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Town Park Recreation Centre. The cost to partake is $5.00 per person which will include all craft supplies as well as wood slices for decorating. Health and safety requirements will be met to ensure a safe experience for all. To register, phone the Town Park Recreation Centre at 905-885-7908 or sign-up online at porthope.ca/en/things-to-do/register-for-a-program.aspx


COVID-19 Update: Due to lost program time at the centre from the global pandemic, your Advisory Board has extended all Ruth Clarke memberships expiring on September 1, 2020, to be valid until January 31, 2021. At this time, we are unable to provide refunds for memberships. By extending your membership we hope you can enjoy the programs currently being offered and utilize the discount available to you for Municipal fitness programs.

The annual membership fee for the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre is $20.00 per person per year. Nominal fees are applied to the Seniors Centre’s activities for participation. Members will be issued a membership card when they pay their annual dues.

The membership year runs from September 1 to August 31.

 There are three types of memberships:

  • Members shall be persons who are 55 years of age or older.
  • Associate Members shall be partners or spouses of current club members, and are not yet 55 years of age. The only exception to this rule will be determined by the Board.  Associate members shall have full privileges of membership except for the right to run for the Seniors Club Advisory Board.
  • Life Members shall be persons who are members in good standing and have reached the age of 90 years.  They shall be honoured at the annual general meeting and shall negate future membership fees.

 Senior programs are offered year-round through the Ruth Clarke Centre. Various community groups and organizations use the facilities for their meetings and events. 

 Ruth Clarke Advisory Board

The purpose of the Advisory Board is to advise the Municipality of Port Hope, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, on matters pertaining to programs, activities and services to members of the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre Seniors and to fully represent the members of the Ruth Clarke Centre.

The Advisory Board is comprised of elected members voted on by the membership. Those running or election are nominated by the membership to run for a position on the Board. The Board consists of no more then 9 members serving a 3 year term.

Introducing your current Ruth Clarke Advisory Board:

  • Chair: Doreen Reeves
  • Correspondence Secretary: Arlene Pettipas
  • Recording Secretary: Susan Deane
  • Treasurer: Paul Hay
  • Over 90s Coordinator: Peter Huffman
  • Kitchen Manager: Gordon Wake
  • Member at Large: Margaret Reynolds
  • Member at Large: Judith O’Leary
  • Older Adult Activity Coordinator: Emily Morris

Registered Programs 

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture is offering fitness opportunities for older adults this session. 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.  

For a list of available programs, please visit our fitness page.

 Over 80's Discount
Older adults aged 80 and over can enroll for free in any of the dryland fitness programs offered by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture. Regular registration timelines apply and participants must meet age requirements at the time of enrollment.  
 Minds in Motion
Minds in motion is a 2 hour program that combines 1 hour of physical activity with 1 hour of mental and social stimulation.  It is designed for individuals with early to mid-stage memory loss and their care partners to attend together.  This program runs once a week for 8 weeks and offers the opportunity to establish new friendships with others who are living with similar experiences.

This program is offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society at the Jack Burger Sports Complex. 

$30 per couple

To register please contact:

Jennifer Stubbert

Minds in Motion Coordinator

705-748-5131 or 1-800-561-2588 or jennifer@alzheimerjourney.ca


Hearing Loss - Communication and Staying Connected

A free virtual workshop presented by the Canadian Hearing Services about the impacts and signs of hearing loss. Learn about the communication barriers this pandemic has created and be provided with support services to assist older adults with coping. To sign up and receive the zoom link, email rclarkecentre@porthope.ca.

Friday November 20 at 10:00am

RCAC Programs Phase 2: November 2 - December 13, 2020

At this time your Advisory Board along with Municipal staff have come to the mutual agreement to keep the Ruth Clarke Centre closed until further notice. We have the capacity to safely offer some regular RCAC programs temporarily at the Town Park Recreation Centre. Our second phase of programs will be running from November 2 - December 13, 2020. The following RCAC programs will be available:


Bring your toonie and join us for an afternoon of bingo. Distanced from others, play your cards and with a little bit of luck you may get a Bingo! Laminated bingo cards and dry eraser markers are provided and sanitized before and after each game.

Reservations are required.

Fall 2 Session: Nov 2 - Dec 13, 2020 

Thursdays 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Colouring Club

Get together with friends to work on your individual colouring masterpieces. Collaborate with others to share colouring tips, tricks and techniques. Supplies are not provided, please bring your own materials with you.

Reservations are required.

Fall 2 Session: Nov 2 - Dec 13, 2020

Mondays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Knitting Circle

Bring your knitting projects and come chat with friends while you work away. Learn from other knitters and share with the group your projects. Supplies are not provided, please bring your own materials with you.

Reservations are required.

Fall 2 Session: Nov 2 - Dec 13, 2020 

Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Continuing, an advanced form of Tai Chi for those with experience. Practicing Chi gong.

Tai Chi Instructed, is designed as an intermediate level of Tai Chi which welcomes beginners. More instruction can be provided to walk you through the sets.

Reservations are required.

Fall 2 Session: Nov 2 - Dec 13, 2020

Tai Chi Continuing, Tuesdays from 9:00-9:45am

Tai Chi Instructed, Tuesdays from 10:00-10:45am

Facility Amenities

  • Community Hall with kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Small fitness room
  • Computer lab