Toronto summers are hot and humid. Temperatures hover in the 80s ℉ (24 - 27 ºC) for most of July and August.
Toronto is a big city that can afford lots of space for local splash pads and big water parks for a refreshing cool down during hot summer months.
Below are the biggest, most popular water parks in the greater Toronto area in addition to a list of splash pads and public pools.
Canada's Wonderland - Canada's largest theme park, located 40 mins outside of downtown Toronto in Vaughn - is home to Splash Works, a 20 acre water park that includes the Plunge, Supersoaker, the Lazy River, Pumphouse and Canada's Largest wave pool.
Ideally, you'll arrive at opening as the waterpark and theme park as a whole gets very busy most every day of the summer. Cloudy, hazy or even rainy days can present the best opportunities to enjoy the place without a major crowd.
Splash Works opens at the end of May through Labour Day weekend in September.
Admission to Splash Works is included with your Canada's Wonderland ticket purchase; Splash Works admission is not available separately.
The best price for Canada's Wonderland day passes are available online.
If you want to take all the work out of getting to Canada's Wonderland, consider buying through Viator, where your pass includes transportation.
Toronto Zoo Splash Island
Appealing especially to children under 12, Splash Island is two acres of hands-on water fun, including waterslides, a waterfall, misters, and tipping buckets. In addition, Splash Island has an educational component, teaching kids which plants and animals live in different bodies of water in Canada.
Admission to Splash Island is included with your Toronto Zoo ticket; it is not available as a separate admission.
If you're visiting the Toronto Zoo and other Toronto attractions, consider buying the Toronto CityPass, which gives access to six major Toronto attractions at a price much less than if you buy each admission separately.
Located just outside of Toronto in Brampton, Ontario, not far from the Toronto Pearson International Airport, Wild Water Kingdom is a classic water park where you can plummet, drop, twist and corkscrew your way into the water on a variety of slides and rides. On land, there is a rock climbing wall, volleyball courts, playground, mini putt and drive-in movie theatre. A kids' club gives parents the chance to break away on their own for a while.
Wild Waterworks (Hamilton)
Halfway between Toronto and Niagara Falls is Hamilton where you'll find Wild Waterworks, a sprawling water park that boasts one of the largest wave pools in Canada in addition to tube and water slides over 5 stories tall.
Downsides to this water park are its line ups and the expensive food ($6 hot dogs, as of 2016). Visitors are allowed to bring in their own snacks, just no glass.
Take advantage of half-price entry after 4 pm.
Bingemans is an all-purpose soft-thrill park aimed especially at kids under 16. It is in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, which is an hour's drive from Toronto and under 2 from Niagara Falls.
Among the many attractions is the Big Splash, a large water park with slides, pipes, a wave pool and more.
In addition to Big Splash, Bingemans offers go-karts, golf, paintball, an indoor playground and other activities to round out a day.
Less than two hours down the highway from Toronto is Niagara Falls, which famously has not only two of the world's most powerful waterfalls but oodles of other family friendly fun, including water parks.
One of the most popular and one familiar to visitors from the U.S. is Great Wolf Lodge cjeck rates with Kayak, which is a water park resort.
Water parks aren't the only way kids can cool off in Toronto. Splash and spray pads are located in parks and playgrounds around the city from May to September. They are free of charge, but are intended more for children under 12.
Toronto opens up lots of outdoor pools between June and September all across the city. Sometimes, on particularly hot days, pool hours are extended to cool the crowds.