Best Outdoor Pools for Toronto Families in 2018

Hot time, summer in the city – luckily,  Toronto has 58 outdoor pools, 100 wading pools and 93 splash pads.

Ten outdoor pools opened early on June 16 and stay open through September 3. They are: Riverdale ParkDonald D. SummervilleSunnyside Gus RyderAlex Duff, Heron Park, McGregor Park, Grandravine, Parkway Forest, West Mall and Pine Point.

All other pools will be open by June 23th and close on September 2rd.

Splash pads will open May 16, and wading pools (except Sackville King, Morse Street, Alexandra Park and MacGregor Park) will be open from June 29.

Here’s the city’s map of all splash pads, wading and outdoor pools >

Favourite Outdoor Pools

We chose our top picks for lots of different reasons – sometimes it’s the neighbourhood, other times it’s all about the community and sometimes it’s just because of the slide!

high park outdoor pools

High Park

Pool open June 23 – Sept 2
1873 Bloor St W
416-392-7807

High Park’s outdoor pool is divided into lane swimming, leisure swimming and a gently sloped younger persons area. Camps and daycares sometimes create crowds, but with a twisty slide, large change rooms and the beautiful park all around, it’s well worth a dip.  The wading pool is open from June 30 to September 2

riverdale outdoor pools

Riverdale Park

Open early Jun 16 – Sep 3
550 Broadview Avenue
416-392-7801

As if two ball diamonds, three multipurpose sports fields, a running track, seven tennis courts, an artificial outdoor ice rink and ball hockey pad, a picnic area and a children’s playground weren’t enough, Riverdale Park East also has a great, big outdoor pool with a twisty slide and it’s open everyday from June 16th!

summerville outdoor pools

Donald D. Summerville

Open early June 16-Sep 3
1867 Lakeshore Blvd E
416 392-7688

Summerville outdoor Olympic Pool complex is actually three pools: a fifty metre Olympic size pool, a twenty-five metre training pool and a separate diving pool. The diving pool features five and ten metre diving platforms. Located on the beach, at Woodbine Park, Summerville is perched in the sky and, at sunrise and sunset is a very magical place to be.

kidstown - not outdoor pools

Kidstown

Open June 23 – Sep 2
3159 Birchmount Rd
416-396-8325

Okay, not an outdoor pool but, set in Scarborough’s L’Amoreaux Park, Kidstown Water Park is Toronto’s one and only city-operated water park. There are washrooms, benches, a grassy area with picnic tables and a playground — what more could you ask for? Did we mention, it’s free! Preschool and grade school children love romping around, sliding into the wading pool, and playing with the water features, including a tipping bucket, spray rings and squirting aquatic animals.

If you’ve got a summer birthday on the horizon to plan, they have a separate area available for special occasions. Call 416-392-8188 x2 for info

Alexandra Park

Open June 23 – Sep 2
275 Bathurst Street
416-392-7686

Alexandra Park has plain old rectangular swimming pool in a no-frills setting, but with a neighbouring park, a library, emergency babysitting services in the community centre and a unique, shipping container food market, we’re making it a top pick. Post swim, a quick stroll will put you in the heart of Kensington Market for an instant hit of urban diversity, artisanal ice cream, a big basket of strawberries and the best fish tacos in the city.

sunnyside gus ryder outdoor pools

Sunnyside Gus Ryder

Open early June 16-Sep 3
1755 Lakeshore Blvd
416 392-7915

Gus Ryder is one of the first outdoor pools to open and the last to close. It’s located right on the beach and next door to the historic Sunnyside Pavilion and a beautiful series of linked waterfront parks. There are snack bars, a waterfront restaurant, playgrounds, a boardwalk and a splash pad nearby. There’s metered parking, walking and bicycle paths located directly north and south of the pool and morning swimming lessons for all ages followed by public and adult width swims every day.

Alex Duff

Open early Jun 16 – Sep 2
779 Crawford St
416-392-0910

Alex Duff outdoor pool is nestled in Christie Pits – a great big bowl of a park across from Christie station. It has a well-appointed outdoor swimming pool with a two-storey water slide and a deep pool for diving and an access ramp as well as a conversation pool and a splash pool for kids. There’s also a wading pool in the playground area, picnic tables, a baseball diamond, basketball, and all day sun with lots trees for shade. Christie Pits is one of our favourite city parks – check out all the things happening in Our Parks of Note.

Monarch Park outdoor pools

Monarch Park

Open June 23 – Sep 2
1 Parkmount Rd
416-338-0889

Monarch Park’s twenty-five metre outdoor pool has a diving area, a two-storey water slide, and a raised seating area. In addition to drop-in swim times, Monarch Park offers a variety of lessons, including leadership classes and parent and tot classes.

The wading pool is within the larger pool enclosure but with a separate entrance and operates on the same schedule as the outdoor pool. The park itself has a good mix of sun and shade, washrooms in the pool area, fenced-in play equipment, a dogs off-leash area, bike trails, lots of picnic space and plenty of room to wander and explore.

 

 


Important!
Our swimming pool information comes straight from the city, but please double check! We cannot stress this enough! We are mothers. We know the work it takes to get from zero to swimming. And there are few things sadder than a kid in a swim diaper and nowhere to pee in it.

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