How to Register for Programs

2018 Summer Camp Guide
2019 Summer Camp Guide (PDF, 1.9 MB)

The program guides are an informative publication developed to promote healthy living through activity. Drop-in schedules are not included in the Recreation Guide.

 

Registration Information 

Get started early! Browse the new online system for courses and lessons before the registration period.

Online Registration


Spring Online Registration begins on Wednesday March 13, 2019 at 7 am - Registration dates vary by location
Summer Online Registration begins on Monday June 10, 2019 at 7 am

  • Email address is required for all online registrations.
  • Immediate confirmation upon completion of registration. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Login/create your account in preparation for registration. Watch our online tutorials and familiarize yourself with the website prior to registration day.
  • Existing registrants - Log in to review your contact information. Ensure all your family members are displayed under your account
    • Payment Options - Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard​

Spring: Wednesday March 13, 2019
Summer: Monday June 10, 2019

  • Ancaster Aquatic Centre
  • Ancaster Lions Outdoor Pool ( Summer )
  • Ancaster Rotary Centre
  • Bennetto Community Centre
  • Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre
  • Central Memorial Recreation Centre
  • Coronation Outdoor Pool ( Summer )
  • Dalewood Recreation Centre
  • Dundas Community Pool
  • Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre
  • Jimmy Thompson Pool
  • Norman Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre
  • Ryerson Recreation Centre
  • Sir Allan MacNab Recreation Centre
  • Victoria Park Outdoor Pool ( Summer )
  • Westmount Recreation Centre

Spring: Thursday March 14, 2019
Summer: Monday June 10, 2019

  • Dominic Agostino Riverdale Community Centre
  • HG Brewster Pool
  • Hill Park Recreation Centre
  • Huntington Park Recreation Centre
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier Recreation Centre
  • Sir Winston Churchill Recreation Centre
  • St. Matthew Elementary School*
  • Stoney Creek Recreation Centre
  • Valley Park Community Centre
  • Winona Community Centre

* These locations do not accept drop-off registrations.

Drop-off Registration (randomly processed)


Spring: Submit your Registration Form (PDF, 33 KB) with payment on or before Monday March 11, 2019 by facility closing time to be considered "on time".
Summer: Submit your Registration Form (PDF, 33 KB) with payment on or before Thursday June 6, 2019 by facility closing time to be considered "on time".

  • Forms received after closing will be considered "late". 
  • On-time forms are processed randomly on the registration date of the location where the course is running. 
  • Receipts will be available on your online account once the transaction is completed. Please see instructions below under “Downloading Tax Receipts/Viewing your Receipts” for more information. If you dropped off your form, confirmation will be mailed and you should receive within two weeks. If you have not received a confirmation a week prior to your requested program starting, please contact your local recreation centre.
  • Payment Options - Visa, MasterCard, Debit, Cash, Cheque (Payable to the City of Hamilton) - If a cheque is returned "Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF)," or is returned for any other reason, an administration fee will be added.

In person Registration


  • Be aware that online registration and forms that were dropped off are processed beginning at 7 am.
  • Payment Options - Visa, MasterCard, Debit, Cash, Cheque (Payable to the City of Hamilton) - If a cheque is returned "Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF)," or is returned for any other reason, an administration fee will be added.

Register at your local recreation centre after 9 am during customer service  hours.

Watch our online tutorials and familiarize yourself with the website prior to registration day:

Frequently Asked Questions

I didn’t get an email when I tried to reset my password. What should I do?
Email recreation@hamilton.ca or call 905-546-3747 to have your password resetfor you manually. 

Why do I get a duplicate account warning when creating a new account?
It is likely that you already have an account in our system. If you have registered for a program at a Hamilton recreation centre in the past, we already have your account information on file. Please email recreation@hamilton.ca or call 905-546-3747 to update your account with an email address, and we will provide you with a password which will allow you to login online.

Where can I access my historic registrations and accounting information?
Unfortunately historic accounting information is no longer accessible online due to our change in software. Don't worry, we still have it and you may email recreation@hamilton.ca or call 905-546-3747 with any inquiries you may have.

How do I withdraw or cancel a program I have registered for?
Contact your local recreation centre, the main recreation line at 905-546-3747 or email recreation@hamilton.ca with your request. Current refund and cancellation policies are available at: www.hamilton.ca/recrefunds

Where can I find the Recreation Assistant Program Subsidy - amount to apply to programs?
Eligible Recreation Assistant Program clients can see the available amount if any, after Wednesday, December 6th 2017.  Any available amount can be applied to programs when the Winter Registration begins.

How do the course search filters work?
If you are entering the course search engine from a Recreation Centre page, the programs are pre-filtered to the ones offered at that centre‎. You can clear all pre-existing filters by clicking on "Reset Form" on the course search page.  

  • If you want to create your own custom filter the click on the green "filters" button to set your own search criteria. 
  • You can also search using the course barcode found in our Winter Recreation Guide. Locate the course you are looking for in the guide and enter the barcode in field labeled "course barcode".

I am unable to see or select the location filters.
For best results, set your internet browser to Google Chrome. This will allow all filter options to display correctly.

I am unable to click the “Proceed to Payment” button after selecting my course.
Prior to proceeding to payment, make sure to click to accept the Terms and Conditions above the “Proceed to Payment” button.

A full refund will be issued to all registrants if a program is cancelled.

The Recreation Assistance Program provides City of Hamilton residents living with a low income the opportunity to participate in organized sports and recreation programs. For more information, contact the Recreation Assistance Office at rap@hamilton.ca

Registrants must be the required age of the specific program on or before the last day of the program. Registrants that turn the required age after the program ends are not eligible and registration will be denied. Due to legislative requirements, children must be 4 years of age to register into Camp Kidaca programs.

If a spot becomes available in a class for which you were waitlisted, recreation centre staff will notify you of your options.

  1. Login to account on http://rec.hamilton.ca
  2. Drop down ‘My Account’
  3. ‘Accounting Details’
  4. Click ‘statement’
  5. Enter the dates from and to in the options
  6. Then ‘Search’ to view results
  7. Once satisfied with the information select ‘Build Detailed Statement’

Screenshot of instructions to download tax receipts

Visit our Recreation Refunds page to learn more about how to request a refund.

The non-resident surcharge applies to participants at the City’s recreation facilities who are not residents or taxpayers in the City of Hamilton to help subsidize the operating cost of providing these services. Proof of residency may be requested by staff.

Non-Residents will be charged an additional fee of $15.36 (tax included) to the total fee of:

  • All registered courses and lessons
  • When purchasing Memberships

By Phone: 905-546-3747

  • help with your online account
  • to speak to the Recreation Assistance Program
  • general questions about recreation registered programs

By Email: recreation@hamilton.ca

  • help with your online account
  • questions or concerns about your registration
  • send a completed refund request form for approval
  • general questions about recreation registered programs

In Person:

  • drop-off a registration form before deadline
  • apply payment to your account
  • process a refund that has been approved
  • register in person after 9 am on the facilities registration day
  • general questions about recreation registered programs
  • drop off a completed refund request form for approval

For all hours and locations:

HIGH FIVE Accreditation

High Five logoCity of Hamilton recreation programs are committed to ensuring Healthy Child Development for participants and are accredited members of HIGH FIVE®, which is built on the belief that all children deserve to have sport and recreation experiences that support his or her healthy development.

HIGH FIVE® is Canada’s quality standard for children’s programs. The City of Hamilton Recreation Division is a HIGH FIVE® Accredited Organization and as such serves as the benchmark for excellence in children’s recreation and sport programming, focused on healthy child development and offering the highest recognized levels of quality and safety. Our staff are trained in the Principles of Healthy Child Development and our programs are evaluated using the Quest 2 Tool. HIGH FIVE® makes a difference by giving every child the chance to benefit from quality programs.