Port Perry is a community located in Scugog Township, Durham Region, Ontario, Canada. The town of Port Perry is located southwest of Peterborough and east of Uxbridge. Many residents commute to Toronto on a daily basis. The Scugog Township website reported a population of just over 21,439 in 2012 with 7,705 private dwellings. The majority of the population falls between the ages of 35 and 64. Port Perry its self has approximately 8,000 residents.
Port Perry has Scugog Township's municipal offices, a 24-bed hospital and many retail stores downtown. Port Perry serves as a hub for many small communities in the Scugog area, such as Greenbank, Blackstock, Raglan, Caesarea and Nestleton. The Great Blue Heron Charitable Casino is a major employer in the area. Located at the base of the Trent-Severn Waterways is Lake Scugog, one of Ontario's largest man-made lakes. Port Perry is the main commercial and administrative centre of the township of Scugog. The township also includes the communities of Pine Point, Port View Beach, Aldreds Beach, Fralicks Beach, Gerrows Beach, Blackstock, Burketon, Cadmus, Caesarea, Carnegie Beach, Cedar Shores, Epsom, Greenbank, Highland Beach, Honey Beach, Lakeside Beach, Manchester, Marsh Hill, Nestleton, Nestleton Station, Prince Albert, Prospect, Purple Hill, Saintfield, Scugog, Scugog Centre, Scugog Point, Seagrave, Shirley, Strattonville, Sunrise Beach, Utica, Victoria Corners and Williams Point.
Port Perry is known as a tourist destination in the area for its picturesque, Victorian-era downtown with many clothing stores, restaurants, bookstores, galleries and antique shops. In the summer, the town features a number of festivals, including the Highland Games, the Dragon Boat Races, the Mississauga First Nation Pow Wow and StreetFest. Its annual fair, held every Labour Day weekend, has been running for over 150 years. There are also numerous golf courses, both public and private. Other attractions in Port Perry and surrounding area include the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino, Scugog Memorial Library featuring the Kent Farndale Art Gallery, Scugog Island Cruises (MV Woodman Tour Boat), the Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts and the Scugog Shores Historical Museum. At many local farms visitors may pick their own seasonal fruit (strawberries, raspberries, apples). In the summer, bass tournaments and lakeside activities are also featured. The two lakeside parks can be found downtown by Lake Scugog, Birdseye Park and Palmer Park. There are active fishing seasons both summer and winter. In the winter months Lake Scugog is dotted with ice-fishing huts and is a popular destination for both snowmobilers andice fishermen. Port Perry hosts many tourists each year and is home to many quaint B&B's.