These outdoor Vancouver pools open for the summer this week

Jul 13 2020, 11:29 am

Three of Vancouver’s outdoor pools are finally opening for the summer on Monday, just in time for a stretch of sunny weather in the city.

They’re opening weeks later than usual because of the coronavirus pandemic, and staff will be enforcing new social distancing guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission.

Guests are encouraged to book a time slot in advance online, although a limited number of drop-in spots are still available. Washrooms will be open but guests are not allowed to change in there — swimmers should arrive ready to jump in the pool.

The pools will even have new physical distancing pods painted on deck so guests can sunbathe at a safe distance from others.

If you’re looking to beat the summer heat, these pools are opening on July 13:

Kitsilano Pool

This pool definitely takes the cake for being Vancouver’s most photogenic public swimming spot. The turquoise pool next to the cobalt ocean with the mountains in the background certainly makes for a pretty picture.

The pool itself is massive. At 137 metres long it’s more than double the size of an Olympic pool.

Second Beach Pool


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This pool in the West End is nestled right in Stanley Park at the seawall. It usually features a cool waterslide, although it’s not clear if lifeguards will open it during the pandemic.

New Brighton Pool


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This city pool in East Vancouver also provides great mountain views as patrons cool off in the water.

It has a beach-style sloped entry that’s great for young children, and is 55 metres long — allowing lap swimmers to practice with realistic racing lengths.

The City of Vancouver is also reopening this pool on July 20, a little later than the others:

Maple Grove Pool


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This South Vancouver spot is unique because there’s grass almost right up to the pool, allowing guests to sunbathe close to nature instead of on a concrete deck.

The pool is great for kids because the entire basin is shallow, only about a metre deep at most. There’s also a fun island in the middle kids can swim to.

The outdoor pool at Hillcrest Aquatic Centre won’t be opening this summer, and all of the city’s indoor pools remain closed because of the pandemic.

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