The West Vancouver Aquatic Centre has the finest swimming pool facilities on the North Shore and close to the best in the entire Lower Mainland.
On Friday, March 13th, the District of West Vancouver announced that it was closing a number of facilities due to concerns about COVID-19. However, most have reopened since then.
As of August 4th, the fitness centre is closed to drop-ins but open to those who book time slots online. The leisure pool at the Aquatic Centre reopened on September 8th, along with other programs and rentals within the Community Centre.
For more information about the above closures see the District of West Vancouver‘s website. To see what other venues and events are affected in the region see our article about COVID-19 Event Cancellations in Metro Vancouver.
West Van Aquatic Centre
Located at 2121 Marine Drive in West Vancouver, the West Van Aquatic Centre offers ozone-treated water, adult and family hot tubs, a giant kids’ pool with both a river current and toddler’s play area, diving boards, water slide, sauna, steam room and pool for swimming laps.
The West Vancouver Aquatic Centre is an ideal place for swimming fun for people of all ages, but especially children.
Tips and Advice
Below are some things to know to help you make the most out of your experience at the West Vancouver Aquatic Centre.
TIP #1: If you have young children you’ll want to stay extra close by as the current in the main children’s pool can be quite strong.
TIP #2: If you have older children you can leave on their own, and you don’t want to swim, hot tub or hang out in the steam room yourself, consider going for a walk along the seawall at nearby Dundarave or Ambleside while the kids go for their swim. Or, if you are hungry, then check out The Beach House at 150-25th Street by the water at the pier at Dundarave.
Other Related Places
Some of the region’s best outdoor pools (so for the summer time) include those at Kitsilano, Stanley Park‘s Second Beach, the New Brighton Pool and the outdoor pool at Maple Grove. Other fantastic places to spend time splashing around include waterparks, like the massive one in Cultus Lake.
For swim schedules and other information on the Aquatic Centre, check out the West Vancouver Recreation website.
And for more ideas on other places to take kids, see Vancouver’s Best Places for Children.