Top 5 amazing outdoor pools in Vancouver to help beat the heat this summer

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Chill out at the local outdoor pool…

It’s (almost) summertime and the living is easy! With reports that the 2019 summer in Vancouver could be the hottest on record, it’s time to take note of all the places to beat the heat.

Vancouver is lucky to be surrounded by a giant natural outdoor pool (the ocean), but – let’s be honest, not everyone likes to swim in it. Sometimes, lounging on the deck of a man-made pool is a little more relaxing.

So, if you’re looking to cool down this summer in Vancouver, make sure you check out one (or all!) of these fabulous outdoor pools. One of them has even been named one of the “sexiest pools in the world” by RedBull!

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Kitsilano Pool. Photo credit:

Kitsilano Pool

Known more commonly as Kits Pool, the “third sexiest pool in the world” is also one of the longest in Canada (almost 3 times the length of an Olympic-sized pool), and the only heated saltwater pool in the city.

More importantly, it’s got amazing views and more than enough space to spend an afternoon lounging on a beach towel with snacks, music, and friends. There is also a shallow section, tons of slides, and a waterpark to make Kits Pool extra family-friendly.

Dates open: Daily until September 15, 2019

Price of admission: Adult: $6.10, Youth: $4.27, child: $3.05, Senior: $4.27

Location: 2305 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1B6

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Second Beach Pool

This dreamy, oceanfront pool is located inside Stanley Park. It’s set on the edge of English Bay, so it almost feels like you’re swimming in the ocean – but with less seaweed and sand.

The pool is heated and offers lots of space for lane swimming as well as for families. There are multiple child-friendly water slides and a sloped entry.

Dates open: Daily until September 3, 2019

Price of admission: Adult: $6.10, Youth: $4.27, child: $3.05, Senior: $4.27

Location: Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver

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New Brighton Pool

Tucked away in East Vancouver near the Second Narrows Bridge is the picturesque New Brighton Park pool. This park has a stunning view of the North Shore mountains and is near to a popular gated dog park. (Note: dogs are not allowed in the pool area.)

This park is popular with dog walkers but remains mostly quiet due to its semi-hidden location behind the train tracks. A great, family-friendly pool, the New Brighton Pool offers up regular length swimming, along with a sloped entry for children.

Dates open: Daily until September 15, 2019

Price of admission: Adult: $6.10, Youth: $4.36, child: $3.07, Senior: $4.36

Location: North Windermere St (Near New Brighton Park), Vancouver, BC V5K 5J7

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

Hillcrest Aquatic Centre

While not as large as other outdoor pools, the outdoor area of the Hillcrest Aquatic Centre located next to Queen Elizabeth Park and Nat Bailey Stadium features water sprays, bubble jets, and a wide range of water toys for kids of all ages.

If you’d rather spend your time fully submerged, you can head indoors and into the world-class indoor pool in the Aquatic Centre itself. Sometimes an escape from the sun can be just the thing you need to cool down!

Dates open: Daily until September 3, 2019

Price of admission: Adult: $6.10, Youth: $4.36, child: $3.07, Senior: $4.36

Location: 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M4

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Maple Grove Pool

Geared more towards younger kids and with lower rates than the other pools, the Maple Grove Pool is a summer favourite for tiny splashers.

Next to a park and featuring a mini slide and water basketball hoop, this spot is jam-packed with family fun in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood. The landscaped, summer water park is wheelchair-accessible and includes a mini island and café.

Dates open: June 15 until September 3, 2019

Price of admission: Adult: $2.86, Child & Youth: $1.90, Senior: $1.90

Location: 875 Yew St, Vancouver, BC V6P 5W2

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