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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.

Register or Reserve Online by clicking here

Due to Provincial legislation, effective February 17, 2021, recreational activities will be offered under the Orange Zone of the Ontario COVID Framework. Patrons will be able to reserve activities at The Town Park Recreation Centre and Jack Burger Sports Complex. The Ruth Clarke Activity Centre remains closed. 

Office hours of operation

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Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*Hours may vary dependent on programs.



Memberships can be renewed at the Town Park Recreation Centre beginning on March 1st.

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.

Your membership is valid for 1 year from the date of purchase.

 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.

There will be an election in early Spring 2021 for the upcoming vacant positions on the Advisory Board. If you wish to run for elections to obtain an position on the RCAC Advisory Board, please contact the Older Adult Activity Coordinator before March 31st.

Introducing your current Ruth Clarke Advisory Board:

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

Fitness Session - March/April

For this session there is both virtual and in-person offerings.   Please ensure you pick the class that is right for you.

Session dates: March 15 - April 18, 2021 

Registration dates: March 1 - 10, 2021

Registration is available on-line or over the phone by calling 905-885-7908.

Please read the waiver before completing your registration.  It outlines important information.

Virtual Fees: $20.00 (HST included) for the session, no discounts available for virtual classes

In-Person Fees: $45.93 (HST included) for the session, discounts apply for In-person classes

Fees are based on a 5 week session.  Mondays class is 4 weeks and will be pro-rated at the time of registration.

For virtual classes you will be required to have a laptop, I-pad or device with a camera and microphone to participate in these classes.  You will receive an email 1-2 days before the start of your class with the zoom link to join the class virtually.  Please ensure your email is correct when you register for the program.  If you have issues accessing the link for the class please call 905-885-7908

For a list of available programs, dates and times, 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

RCAC Programs: February-March 2021

The Ruth Clarke Activity Centre will remain closed until further notice. Programs are temporarily taking place at the Town Park Recreation Centre. Click on the programs listed below for more details.


In person bingo will resume on Thursday February 25. The cost to play is $2. Reservations are required prior to attending the program. Reservations will open on the Thursday for the following week. To reserve your space, call 905-885-7908. All RCAC members are welcome!


Thursdays 1:00pm-3:00pm

Knitting Circle

The in person knitting circle will resume on Tuesday February 23 at the Town Park Recreation Centre. Bring your knitting supplies and enjoy each other’s company while sharing your projects and patterns. Reservations are required prior to attended. Reservations will open on the Thursday for the following week. To reserve your space, call 905-885-7908.  All RCAC members are welcome!


Tuesdays 1:00pm-4:00pm

Tai Chi

Tai Chi will resume on Tuesday February 23. All classes currently being offered are non-instructed and are recommended to those with previous experience in the tai chi classes. Reservations are required prior to attending. Reservations will open on the Thursday for the following week. To reserve your space, call 905-885-7908.  All RCAC members are welcome!


Tuesdays 9:00am-9:45am, or 10:00am-10:45am

Virtual Coffee Club

Socialize with fellow RCAC members while enjoying your morning cup of coffee. From the comfort of your own home through Zoom we can discuss current events, check in with friends, and stay connected. Email rclarkecentre@porthope.ca to receive the Zoom link.


Fridays 11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

Facility Amenities

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