Outdoor swimming pools provide fun ways to cool down. Some of the best in the region offer ocean views, slides and other amenities for families to enjoy.
STATUS OF POOLS
The majority of outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland typically open during the months of May and June, and they usually remain open until the early fall. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, many local swimming facilities postponed their opening dates by a few weeks last year. As of mid-July, 2020, most outdoor pools had opened with new restrictions. Ones still closed though included pools at Central Park, Aldergrove, Fort Langley and Hume Park.
As of October of 2020, all outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland are closed for the season until the late spring or summer of 2021 (except for pools at various area hotels). Hopefully they will all be able to open then (although exact details are to be confirmed.)
For more information and the most up-to-date status of each location, please refer to their respective websites.
Lower Mainland Outdoor Swimming Pools
Metro Vancouver is home to over two dozen outdoor pools, many of which offer lessons and activities to participate in throughout the summer. The pools at New Brighton Park, Kitsilano and Second Beach boast stunning ocean and other waterfront views, whereas many others are located in more urban areas. Each outdoor pool has its own perks that appeal to swimmers in different ways.
Best Public Outdoor Pools
In our opinion, some of the best outdoor pools in the Lower Mainland are the following:
- Bear Creek Outdoor Pool – located in Surrey’s Bear Creek Park, this pool is free to swim in (or at least it was in the summer of 2020).
- Centennial Outdoor Pool – home of the Abbotsford Whalers and part of beautiful Mill Lake Park.
- Central Park Pool – a six-lane pool in Burnaby’s scenic urban Central Park.
- Kitsilano Pool – this heated saltwater pool in Kitsilano is close to the beach and features a couple of slides.
- Moody Park – located in New Westminster, this swimming facility has a diving area and a small poolside climbing wall.
- New Brighton Pool – a heated pool with beautiful harbour views and a gradual entry for children.
- Rocky Point Park – this Port Moody pool is located not far from the Burrard Inlet shore.
- Second Beach Pool – with views of English Bay, this heated pool is near the seawall concession at Second Beach in Stanley Park.
- Steveston Outdoor Pool – a heated pool with bleacher seating and a small slide in Richmond’s Steveston Village.
More articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s Best Beaches
- Best Parks and Nature
- Summer Activities in the Lower Mainland
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Best Places for Children
- Lower Mainland Water Slides