Top Ten Canadian Pools to Float your Float-Eh

Kitsilano Pool – Vancouver, BC


Kitsilano Pool is Vancouver's only saltwater swimming pool and the longest saltwater pool in North America. Situated on the water in the heart of Kitsilano. The Kits Pool stretches out along the water, an extension of Kitsilano Beach. The outdoor summer pool is located near the beach, cafés, and neighbourhood of Kitsilano. The pool has a shallow section for families and small children, a middle section of roped-off lanes for lap swimmers, and a deep end for teen/adult swimmers. After months of renovations and millions of dollars in repair, the pool is now open until mid-September. 

Sunnyside & Gus Ryder Pool – Toronto, ON


Toronto’s largest public outdoor swimming pool, located at Lake Shore Boulevard West and Parkside Drive, offers scenic views of Lake Ontario and is in the heat of Sunnyside beach. This outdoor swimming pool has a large kiddie section with steps and a handrail to gradually walk in and an equally large mid-depth and deep end area. There are two designated swim lanes that are open during all swim hours. Open mid-June to early September. Bonus: Hours are usually extended to around 11 p.m. during heat waves.

Parc Aquatique Jean-Drapeau – Montreal, QC


Parc Jean-Drapeau has one of the finest outdoor Aquatic Complexes in Canada! The Aquatic Complex, which was renovated in 2005, has three pools: an international calibre competition pool, a diving pool and a gradual-slope recreational pool with a cushioned rubber mat designed for young children's comfort and safety. A new feature this year will allow people of all ages to enjoy the new shade areas set up around the pools.

Second Beach Pool – Vancouver, BC


Second Beach Pool is a heated, outdoor pool located near the beach, trails, and forest of Stanley Park. The pool has a sloped entry, gradual depths for families, a waterslide for kids and separated lanes for lap swimmers. There is a small grassy area attached to the pool area for relaxing and sunbathing. Open May to September.

Thompson Hotel Rooftop Pool – Toronto, ON


Hotel guests and residents can lounge poolside on the Thompson Rooftop, consistently ranked one of the top rooftop pools in the world by travel insiders. Looking out at the skyline of Toronto, the rooftop pool is open daily from 7AM to 7PM, weather permitting. While the pool is only available to hotel guests, members and residents, the Rooftop Lounge is available to the public.

Touchstone Resort - Muskoka, ON


Located on Lake Muskoka, Touchstone Resort features a private beach area, state-of-the-art spa, and an infinity pool with sparkling waters that falls out onto an expanse of glittering lake. Guests of the resort can relax by the pool, take a dip in the hot tub, or head down to one of Muskoka’s only natural sand beaches.

Kildonan Park Pool – Winnipeg, MB


Located in beautiful Kildonan Park, this pool includes a beach-style entry, wading pool with 21 spray features, double helix slides, and an expanded sundeck with shaded seating and gathering areas. The spray pad with 21 splash features provides hours of splashing good times for toddlers and preschoolers! Older kids will enjoy swooshing down the fastest two flume slides in Winnipeg or jumping off one of the three 1-metre diving boards, and the beach entry to the 50-meter pool is great for individuals of all ages.

Mill Creek Outdoor Pool – Edmonton, AB


Have a blast with your family and friends this summer at the Mill Creek outdoor pool, located just off Whyte Avenue in Mill Creek Ravine. Features include picnic tables and a large tanning area set against the picturesque backdrop of nature. Bonus: Access to the outdoor pools is free for the entire season!

Lion's Pool – Bedford, NS


Bedford Outdoor Pool (or Lion’s Pool) is very family friendly, featuring a shallow kiddie pool as well as a larger 9-foot-deep pool for adults. The pool overlooks the beautiful Bedford Basin.

Parc Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier Pool – Montreal, QC


The Sir Wilfrid-Laurier swimming pool, located in the park of the same name, is the city's busiest outdoor pool. Open June 23 to September 3, 2018, the outdoor pool of Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park allows children and adults alike to beat the heat. Free admission Monday to Fridays.

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