I’ve lived in Toronto for 4 weeks now and so far I’ve tried out 4 pools.
It’s summer time now so the outdoor pools are slowly opening across the city and guess what!? In this town they’re FREE. I am so happy about this, I’m going to swim every other day all summer long. I don’t think Torontonians know how good they’ve got it!
My reviews so far…
Alexandra Park Pool (aka Scadding Court) is the largest outdoor pool I’ve been to so far. It’s situated at Dundas and Bathurst at the north end of Alexandra Park.
PROs: Longest pool I’ve been to in Toronto and has a deep end that I can actually not stand up in properly.
CONs: It’s generally got kids in it and families, there are no lanes.
Alex Duff (aka Christie Pitts Pool) is crazy. It’s 3 pools in one! A splashy kids wadding pool, a normal one and a dive pool with a slide! It’s also up on the hill which wasn’t very good when I went there because it was super windy and kind of cold.
PROs: It’s got a slide !!!
CONs: It’s busy and the pool is super shallow.
Stanley Park Pool
Yes, it has the same name as the big and famous park in Vancouver but it is nothing like the Second Beach pool in Stanley Park of Vancouver. This pool is hidden away under some trees just off King Street West on a quiet street. I got there and was excited to see I was the only patron in the entire pool and building!! Wowee a pool all to myself! And then I realised why, the water is absolutely FREEZING. They don’t heat this pool at all and it’s under trees so it’s mostly shaded and it was so so so cold. I actually could barely do front crawl because it hurt my face too much to put it in the water.
PROs: Basically a private pool except for the lifeguards.
CONs: The water is too cold.