Kids In Vancouver: 3 Ways To Celebrate The UBC Aquatic Centre’s Grand Opening

UBC Aquatic Centre Lap Pool | Photo: UBC

Today Vancouver welcomes a new month with the opening of a brand new space that is sure to encourage visitors to “just keep swimming”. Since 1978, the UBC Aquatic Centre has been a popular facility, fostering swimmers of all skill sets – from the first timers, to the leisurely lap poolers, to those training for the Olympics, and after almost 40 years, the aquatic hub has undergone a major facelift.

UBC will be celebrating the grand opening of the new aquatic centre with a weekend full of special events and family fun. Here are 3 reasons why now is the time to get your feet wet and join in on the fun festivities.

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Kids In Vancouver: 3 Ways To Celebrate The UBC Aquatic Centre’s Grand Opening

Kids In Vancouver: Whoosh Down The Waterslides At Splashdown

River Run, Splashdown Park | Photo: Splashdown Park

River Run, Splashdown Park | Photo: Splashdown Park

Fond memories swirl in the minds of local parents who visit Splashdown Park with their kids this Summer. Watching as their little splashers whoosh down the winding watersides and twirl in tubes down the River Run, nostalgic flashbacks of early childhood days flood their thoughts.

Since 1983, Splashdown Waterpark has been a local Summer staple, epitomizing childhood fun for kids and parents alike. Unfortunately, after 33 years, Greater Vancouver’s favourite (and only) waterslide park will be closing its doors permanently at the end of this Summer.

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Kids In Vancouver: Whoosh Down The Waterslides At Splashdown

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Indoor Pools Fit For Little Splashers

Splashing Kids

Water Kids | Photo: Flickr

Whether it’s splashing in rain puddles, wading in rivers, or cannon-balling in lakes, kids can be absolute aquaphiles in the presence of water. And while Vancouver boasts a bounty of beaches and outdoor pools that are perfect for toe-dipping and water play, the city also offers a range of indoor pools that are perfect for cooling off on scorching Summer days, or warming up when there’s a chill in the air.

Here are 5 indoor pools in and around the Metro Vancouver Area that are perfect for little splashers and their parents, who keep them afloat when they’re desperate to go for a swim.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Indoor Pools Fit For Little Splashers

Vancouver Outdoor Public Pools: soak up the last few weeks of poolside fun

Second Beach pool || Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons Colin K

Second Beach pool || Photo Credit: Flickr/Creative Commons Colin K

August is the best month in Vancouver. The sun shines, people take advantage of all our city has to offer. From water sports to Playland to farmer’s markets, Vancouverites and our guests flood our outdoor spaces seeking vitamin D and summery good times.

Unfortunately, August also spells the last full month that city-run public pools are open. You have between two weeks and a month to pack your pool bag to do some laps or splash it up with your kids or suntan-dip-repeat before Vancouver’s five outdoor public pools close next month.

Here’s a quick guide to poolside fun in Vancouver before our summer fades away and the gates close on Vancouver’s outdoor pools until next year.  Continue reading:
Vancouver Outdoor Public Pools: soak up the last few weeks of poolside fun

Take a Day Trip to Porteau Cove

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Now that fall is here, make the most of dry days with a daytrip out of Vancouver. We all know the rain will soon be here in full force, so get outside for the last few sunny days.

Porteau Cove Provincial Park is an ideal place to spend the day outside of the city. Just a couple hours drive from Vancouver, Porteau Cove is a beautiful spot on the water where you can explore, walk around, and enjoy sunsets and stunning views of Howe Sound.

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Take a Day Trip to Porteau Cove

Vancouver’s Hidden Waterholes: Exploring Jug Island Beach

Photo credit: ebbandflo_pomomama | Flickr

Photo credit: ebbandflo_pomomama | Flickr

When the weather heats up in Vancouver, the city’s beaches fill up fast.  On hot days, finding a spare square of sand to lay your towel can be a challenge at downtown hotspots like English Bay, Third Beach or Kits Beach.

Thankfully, however, there are a few hidden waterholes left in Metro Vancouver, places where you can enjoy a refreshing dip without the crowds.  But you have to know where to look.

One of the best may be in Belcarra Regional Park, an 11,000-hectare park located on the northeastern edge of the Burrard Inlet.  If you’ve ever been to the North Shore community of Deep Cove, you’ve probably seen the vast forests of Belcarra beckoning from the opposite shore of Indian Arm.

Over the weekend, I decided to finally seek them out.  The park is a bit of a trek from downtown Vancouver, requiring a 45-minute drive east to Port Moody and then some backtracking to the tiny community of Belcarra.  But it’s worth the trip. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Hidden Waterholes: Exploring Jug Island Beach

Get the Kids Wet: Vancouver Outdoor Pools

Outdoor pool at Vancouver's Hillcrest Aquatic Centre. Photo: Dana Lynch

When I was a kid, there was nothing I loved better than swimming outdoors in the summertime. Heck, any opportunity to get wet outside was the most fun thing ever! When I had my own child, I couldn’t wait to take him swimming, and now that summer weather has finally arrived, we get to take advantage of all the fantastic Vancouver outdoor pools.

Vancouver has five public outdoor pools located throughout the city, all ideal for families and kids.

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Get the Kids Wet: Vancouver Outdoor Pools