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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.

COVID Lockdown
COVID Lockdown

Due to Provincial legislation, effective December 26, 2020, all recreational programs and activities are cancelled until further notice. The program session scheduled to begin January 11, 2021 will have a delayed start. The Town Park Recreation Centre, Jack Burger Sports Complex, Ruth Clarke Activity Centre and Port Hope Community Hub are closed until further notice. 

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.


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.


RCAC Virtual Programs: January 2021

During this Provincial lockdown, all Municipal facilities are closed. Staff and working remotely and can be contacted through email. We are providing some free virtual programs for the month of January that we hope you can enjoy. Click on the programs listed below for more details.

 Virtual Bingo 

Join us from the comfort of your own home for an afternoon of bingo. Through Zoom we will connect to play 4 games of bingo. There is no cost to play and there are no prizes, we are playing for the fun of it! To receive the Zoom link or to arrange contactless delivery of your bingo cards, please email rclarkecentre@porthope.ca

Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm

Virtual Colouring Club

Connect with us on Zoom to show others the colouring projects that have been keeping you busy during this lockdown. Hear about other’s colouring tips while enjoying some good company. Email rclarkecentre@porthope.ca to receive the Zoom Link.

Mondays 1:30-2:00pm

Virtual Knitting Circle

Bring your knitting projects and chat with friends on Zoom while you work away. Learn from other knitters and share with the group your projects. Email rclarkecentre@porthope.ca to receive the Zoom link.


Tuesdays 1:30-2:00pm

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is cancelled until further notice.

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 11:00-11:30am

Facility Amenities

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