The best Toronto outdoor pools to cool off in this Canada Day weekend

Jun 27 2019, 12:01 am

With that warm summer sun finally coming out and that 30+ degree humidex beginning to swarm the city of Toronto, it’s finally time to smack on some lotion, climb up on the diving board, and bellyflop into the tranquility that is some of Toronto’s many outdoor public pools.

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With Ontario searches for “pools” continuing to increase on Google, Google Maps has mapped out the top public pools Torontonians can visit in the city to cool off from the summer heat.

Here they are:

Giovannie Caboto

City of Toronto

Located just west of Dufferin and St. Clair, this outdoor pool has bleacher-esque seating so the whole extended family can watch you zip into the abyss on the huge yellow slide at the pool’s edge. The pool is open for leisure swims every day and has lane swims in the evenings as well as Monday and Wednesday mornings for those who need to get their daily breaststrokes in.

Alex Duff Memorial

Google Maps

At the edge of Christie Pits Park, the Alex Duff Memorial Pool has something for everyone. You’ll find an epic two-storey slide, a separate 25 m lap pool and even a splash pad. And of course, a one-metre diving board to practice that cannonball you’ve been telling everyone about. As a bonus, the pool is usually open later when a heat wave is issued by the city.

Sunnyside Gus Ryder Pool

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If you’re looking to avoid long lines on your way to the water, this outdoor pool is a top notch choice. The Sunnyside Gus Ryder Pool is huge, and sits right on Toronto’s Lakeshore for a beautiful lakeside view. The pool also features a blocked off area for lane swimmers, so those who wish to exercise can do so in their own space without having to meander through the water polo aficionados.

High Park Pool

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You’ll be kept plenty busy in High Park. With activities like a zoo, walking trails and lots of wildlife to see in the park, there’s no better feeling than cooling off in the High Park Pool after a full summer’s day of park shenanigans. Plus, separate adult and kiddie pools make it a fun spot for those of all ages to enjoy.

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