When you want your family to have the best of everything, it’s hard to beat living in a beautiful and peaceful community like Port Perry! Picturesque surroundings and an abundance of parks and playgrounds mean children can play outdoors for hours.

Port Perry is nestled right on the southern tip of Lake Scugog in the Durham region. Waterfront access creates even more family-friendly activities throughout the year, such as swimming, boating, and other water sports, along with festivals and parades that bring everyone together.

With so much to do, it’s easy for everyone to forget about their phones and screens while they foster connections and create valuable memories to cherish for a lifetime. 

However, beautiful scenery is not even scratching the surface when you start counting all of the benefits of living in Port Perry. In this post, we’ll take a look at what makes this supportive and engaging community the perfect place for so many families to call home.

High-Quality Education

Access to education tops the list for most families, and Port Perry delivers. As part of the Durham District School Board, Port Perry offers four public schools, including three elementary schools and one secondary school.

If you prefer a Catholic education, Good Shepherd Catholic School serves students at the elementary level. Secondary students have access to Port Perry High School. Children’s House Montessori is an excellent private alternative for children from preschool through to Grade 6. 

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An Exciting and Engaging Environment

As part of the Durham Region, Port Perry offers a welcoming environment and a richness of culture that families can appreciate. Every fall, residents look forward to Culture Days, a celebration of art, music, and food from around Canada and the world. Your family can attend art workshops and demonstrations or enjoy a musical or theatrical performance. This is also a great way for young children to experience and explore Indigenous culture. 

Other community events you’ll want to mark on your calendar include Songs of the Summer, Streetfest, the Port Perry Fair, an annual Easter Egg Hunt, and visits with Santa at Christmas in Downtown Port Perry. 

Though much of the area surrounding Port Perry is rural, a charming, Victorian-style downtown core provides all the entertainment and convenience your family could ever want. The streets are lined with one unique shop after another.

Gourmet food shops, vintage record stores, high-end fashion boutiques, and home decor shops await you with items you’ll never see at the usual big box stores. Once you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, you can replenish your energy at any one of Port Perry’s outstanding restaurants or cafes. 

Access to Healthcare

Access to excellent healthcare is at least as critical to families as quality education. Once again, Port Perry rises to the challenge. Downtown is home to Port Perry Hospital, where families have access to emergency services, diagnostic care, and other specialized clinics.

Medical Associates of Port Perry is a group of family physicians and other practitioners working together to provide care for the region and surrounding areas. Various healthcare services are available, including a Nurse Practitioner’s Children’s Clinic that offers same-day care for children under 18.

The goal is to deliver comprehensive and timely care to all patients. This dedication to quality healthcare is one more reason many families consider Port Perry at the top of their list when relocating. 

Unlimited Recreational Activities

The stunning scenery and expansive rural landscapes make spending quality time outdoors easy. Fun games like tag or hide and go seek in the warm weather or tobogganing and ice skating in the cold will make children beg to stay outside and play “just a little longer.”

If you prefer more organized activities, local recreation centres offer state-of-the-art facilities and sports programs designed to promote teamwork and coordination. 

You’ll find seasonal ice rinks perfect for family skating afternoons at the Scugog Community Recreation Centre and Blackstock Recreation Complex. Varied programs allow everyone of all abilities to have a blast, whether you’re effortlessly soaring around or clinging to the wall for support. 

A Thriving Economy

Port Perry boasts a thriving business improvement area that oversees and supports local merchants through a variety of services. The Community Improvement Plan in Port Perry also offers various incentives and programs to attract new businesses and employers to the area. 

Grants and incentives may be available, making this vibrant little town a fantastic place to live and launch that enterprise you’ve always dreamed of! In addition, Port Perry is home to several multi-million dollar manufacturing companies which make up some of the town’s top employers. 

Many residents will also commute to nearby urban centres like Oshawa, Whitby, or Ajax for even more career and business opportunities.

Beautiful Housing Options

Port Perry real estate consists of a wide mix of detached homes ranging from older bungalows, split-level houses and two-storey homes to opulent waterfront estates. With so much indoor and outdoor space at prices far more affordable than the GTA, it’s no wonder so many families love living here! 

Most homes are detached, but you will still find a few townhouses and condos sprinkled throughout the town. Plus, many new developments are currently underway, making Port Perry an upcoming destination to watch.

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The Beachfront

We’ve saved our favourite aspect of Port Perry for the end. How can we not talk at length about the gorgeous waterfront? Kinsmen Beach and Birdseye Park provide breathtaking scenery, where you can also spend an afternoon fishing, picnicking, swimming in the lake or just strolling along the water. 

Port Perry isn’t just stunning in the summertime. Winter activities such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and tobogganing make this region an exciting and engaging place to live all year long. 

Lake Scugog features numerous nature trails and parks, along with fantastic restaurants around Port Perry Marina. This has become one of Ontario’s top vacation destinations, but imagine making it your full-time home!

Do you have questions about the real estate opportunities or lifestyle Port Perry provides? We are happy to tell you anything you want to know. Reach out today to team@willowsgroup.ca or call 1.888.926.2066 to start the conversation.