Wondering where to swim in Vancouver this summer? There are many answers, but today we’re highlighting five urban pools we’re particularly fond of. Whether you live inside the city limits, or you’re visiting for the day, add some of these to your list.
Looking for suburban pools? We got ’em
Where to Swim in Vancouver: Urban Edition
Hillcrest Aquatic Centre
Hillcrest Aquatic Centre frequently tops lists of where to swim in Vancouver, and it’s easy to see why. The site offers both an indoor pool and an outdoor pool. Our contributor Lisa Corriveau had this to say about it: “This gorgeous new pool has so many kid-friendly features – spray jets, water cannons, a lazy river, beach entry, tons of toy boats, balls and pool noodles, plus several racks of life jackets … their family change rooms make it easy for moms or dads to get the kids ready for the pool.”
4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, 604-257-8680
If you’re looking for a quieter alternative to Hillcrest, check out Killarney. It’s an indoor pool that’s often listed as a family favourite. You’ll find ozone-treated water, beach-style entry, a lazy river, spray features, a giant water slide, diving boards, a whirlpool and gorgeous views of the mountains.
6260 Killarney Street, Vancouver, 604-718-8280
Kits Pool is Vancouver’s only saltwater swimming poo, and it’s also the longest pool in Canada. The outdoor pool is open from mid-May to September every year, and its gorgeous beachfront location offers stunning views. Some reasons to make Kits Pool your answer for where to swim in Vancouver include its warm heated water, beach entry, three slides and concession. Plus you’re right on Kits Beach, so you can easily make a day of it.
2305 Cornwall Street, Vancouver, 604-731-0011
New Brighton Pool
New Brighton Pool is a quieter outdoor pool located in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood, tucked away on the waterfront behind the PNE grounds. It’s heated and warm, and offers beach entry, a slide and a cafe, as well as great views of the North Shore mountains, Burrard Inlet and the working docks. It’s open from May to September, and you’ll also find great picnic facilities and two playgrounds in New Brighton Park.
North Windermere Street, Vancouver, 604-298-0222
Vancouver Aquatic Centre
Vancouver Aquatic Centre is a great answer for where to swim in Vancouver if you’re downtown. The naturally-lit indoor pool is located on Sunset Beach right near the Burrard Street Bridge. It offers a rope swing, slide, dive tank and diving boards, sauna, whirlpool and family change rooms.
1050 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, 604-665-3424
UBC Aquatic Centre
There’s a new indoor pool in town, and the water is fine. The new UBC Aquatic Centre located next to the UBC bus loop, boasts three pools, a 34-person hot tub, lazy river, steam room, and sauna
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