Marrying together the joys of swimming outdoors--in warmer water than the ocean's--with some of the city's most spectacular views and beaches, Vancouver outdoor pools are a summer treat that's fun for families, kids, serious swimmers, and sun-lovers alike.
There are five Vancouver outdoor pools scattered throughout the city, making it easy to find a pool near you.
Kitsilano Pool--always referred to as Kits Pool--is the zenith of Vancouver outdoor pools. Not only is it next door to the popular Kits Beach and surrounded by truly amazing city-and-mountain views, it's also Canada’s longest pool—-almost three times longer than an Olympic pool—-and Vancouver’s only heated salt water pool. If you're a serious swimmer or want to swim serious laps, this is the pool for you.
Location: 2305 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Open mid-May - mid-September. Kits Pool Schedule
Second Beach Pool
Summer days spent hiking, biking and playing in Stanley Park are one of the great pleasures of living in Vancouver, and so is a swim in the park's Second Beach Pool. Situated along the park's southwest Seawall, this pool has beautiful views and is great fun for kids. It's also just a short walk to the restaurants and gelaterias of Denman Street.
Next to Second Beach Pool is the free Variety Kids Spray Park (open July - August), which is another great option for young kids. The spray park is modest--it's less elaborate than the free Granville Island Spray Park--but kids under 10 will still love being hosed down in their bathing suits!
Location: Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Open mid-May - mid-September. Second Beach Pool Schedule
Maple Grove Pool
More a "free form wading pool" than typical swimming pool, the Maple Grove Pool is primarily a pool for kids rather than swimming adults. The adjacent park has a playground and picnic sites, so families can easily spend the day playing and swimming/wading.
Location: 6875 Yew Street, Vancouver
Open late-June - early-September. Maple Grove Pool Schedule
New Brighton Pool
With pretty views of the mountains and East Vancouver's only ocean-access (via New Brighton Park), the New Brighton Pool is long, cool and easy on the eyes. Among Vancouver outdoor pools, this--along with Kits Pool--is a good choice for serious swimmers, who can enjoy free-form 25-metre lanes.
Open mid-May - early-September. New Brighton Pool Schedule
Hillcrest Aquatic Centre
Located next to Queen Elizabeth Park, the Hillcrest Aquatic Centre includes an outdoor pool with water sprays and bubble jets in addition to its amazing indoor facilities. (Inside, its the largest Aquatic Centre in Vancouver.)
While Hillcrest doen't have the incredible, beach-front views of Kits Pool or Second Beach Pool, because it has indoor and outdoor pools it's easy to move inside if you're getting too much sun.
Location: 4575 Clancy Loranger Way
See site for summer schedule information.