The summer is fast approaching and with it comes the need to cool off. As the sun beats down on all of us, there are several ways to escape the heat. Most obviously the ocean presents one option, but this time of year especially, things have yet to warm up completely, and so we turn to the alternative; pools.
There are quite a few scattered throughout and around the city, all of which present a perfect way to work on that tan or practice your cannonballs. Some of these pools may be a little tricky to get into, but it's always worth a try, and the others are either pretty cheap or easy to “hop the fence” so to speak. A few of these are indoors for the rainy days, so figure out which ones suit your needs the best, grab a towel, maybe a pool floaty, and make your way poolside to spend the summer in style.
Look, we all need some rest and relaxation from time to time and Vancouver is almost always gorgeous this time of year, so enjoy the good weather the right way, and float on down to any one of these chill swimming pools:
1. Kitsilano Pool // 2305 Cornwall St
Right next to Kits Beach and overlooking the bay, this is one of the nicest pools around for sure. What makes it so cool is that it happens to be the only public outdoor saltwater pool in Vancouver. So if you want the feel of the ocean without actually plunging into the frigid sea, this is as close as you can get. There are cafes, a beach, and facilities near by, meaning you could easily spend a whole day relaxing outside. Open May through mid-September.
Price: ~ $5
2. UBC Aquatic Centre // 6121 University Blvd
If you're a student on campus, hopefully you're taking advantage of this awesome facility. The indoor pool is huge, includes varying levels of diving boards, a whirlpool, steam room and dry sauna. Often filled with students and young adults, makes this a great spot to go for a swim. Open year round and usually pretty late.
Price: ~ $6, free for UBC students
3. Second Beach Pool // 8501 Stanley Park Dr
Another superb outdoor heated pool, surrounded by the forests of Stanley Park and near the beach. On a hot summer day, the place will be bumping and you and your friends can join the party. Or if you need to cool off after a nice stroll in the park, take a quick dip and avoid getting all sandy at the beach. Open May through mid-September.
Price: ~ $5
4. Shangri-La Pool // 1128 W Georgia St
One of the cooler hotel pools in the city. The pool is open from 6am to 10pm. It's a nice place so act legit, maybe pretend to be a guest and you might get lucky. Otherwise you can pay to use the health centre and spa, but it'll be somewhat pricey at this five-star facility.
Price: It's free if you stay at the hotel.
5. Fairmont Pacific Rim Pool // 1038 Canada Pl
Same deal for this, except the pool is a little nicer. The patio has palm trees and a fire pit, creating an impressive poolside ambiance. However, they claim it's for guests and residents only, but with a little luck, or maybe you know a guest, you'll find yourself in heaven on a sunny summer afternoon.
Price: “I'm with her.”
6. Westin Grand Pool // 433 Robson St
With a year round outdoor saltwater pool, this is really the spot. On a third floor terrace, accompanied by a top notch fitness facility, you'll be able to really kick back. They have also been known to throw some killer pool parties on Thursdays and Fridays from 5-9pm. If I were you, just walk in like you own the place and see what happens. Hard to say no to a pretty girl.
Price: “I'm here for #PopUpPatio happy hour.”
7. Vancouver Aquatic Centre // 1050 Beach Ave
A huge indoor pool in the city with a dive tower, swimming lanes, sauna, whirlpool, and everything else you would expect to find at a fitness centre. You can buy a pass for 1, 3, or 12 months. Otherwise, on a rainy day you can try walking in without anyone noticing. It's been done before.
Price: ~ $5 for the day
8. SECRET POOL // Harwood St between Jervis and Broughton
For those who really want to find a cool hangout spot away from the usual riff-raff, there's a pool on Harwood Street that'll meet your needs. Keep it on the DL so they don't put up more security because currently you're just a quick fence-hop away from sitting poolside in private.
9. Pan Pacific Pool // 999 Canada Pl #300
This 8th floor saltwater pool may have the best view around when it comes to sitting poolside. Overlooking the expanse of Vancouver Harbour makes this a special, but quite exclusive terrance to get yourself on. They've done passes in the past for Spa Utopia users so it's not impossible. My suggestion, dress nice and act civilized.
Price: It's free if you stay at the hotel.
10. Rosewood Hotel Georgia Pool // 801 W Georgia St
Alright, this one you will almost certainly have to pay for a spa treatment, but this is definitely one of the most elegant pools in Vancouver. On a rainy day, get a massage and spend sometime in the calming saltwater, letting your worries soak away.
Price: Ask first, but a $45 manicure should grant you pool access.
11. Hillcrest Park Aquatic Centre // 4575 Clancy Loranger Way
A nice public facility that if you time right won't be too crowded. It has both a ginormous indoor pool and smaller outdoor pool, sauna, and hot tub. Offers monthly passes.
Price: ~$5 for the day
12. New Brighton Pool // Hastings-Sunrise
Found in New Brighton Park, this outdoor heated pool is yet another option on a sunny summer day. Lots of open space makes for a great place to have a picnic or play frisbee before taking a refreshing splash.
13. Fairmont Waterfront Pool // 900 Canada Pl
The final pool on the list has an impressive view from its 3rd floor location. If you can charm your way past the bell staff or wander in with a large crowd of cruise ship tourists, you may be sitting poolside in no time.
Price: A perfect day by the pool -- priceless
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