6 Dreamy Ontario Swimming Holes Where You Can Float In Sparkling Turquoise Water

The perfect summer escape.

Elora quarry. RIght: Bathtub Island.
Associate Editor

Elora quarry. RIght: Bathtub Island.

Beach season is almost here, and if you're wondering where to swim in Ontario this summer, you may want to plan a trip to one of these gorgeous swimming holes.

From limestone quarries to secret waterfall pools, these are dreamy spots to take a dip. Some spots require tickets in advance, so start planning that summer day trip.

Topaz Lake

Price: $18+

Address: 960 Hwy. 637, Killarney, ON

When: Opening May 1, 2023

Why You Need To Go: Located in Killarney Provincial Park, this "sapphire blue" swimming hole is surrounded by white cliffs and is a gorgeous place to swim. It's situated along the La Cloche Silhouette Trail, and you'll need to do an 11-kilometre hike before you reach this hidden gem.


Bathtub Island

Price: $12.25+

When: Opening May 5, 2023

Address: Katherine Cove, ON

Why You Need To Go: This unique island gets its name from the basin-like hole in its centre. It's full of water so you can spend the day floating around like you're in a giant bathtub. In order to reach this majestic island, you can park at the Katherine Cove day-use parking area and walk along the Lake Superior Coastal Trail for about half a kilometre.


Elora Quarry

Price: $10.50 per adult

When: Opening June 10, 2023

Address: 319 Wellington County Rd. 18, Elora, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Elora Quarry is a popular spot for a summer swim due to its brilliant turquoise water and surrounding limestone cliffs. Timed tickets are required in advance if you're planning to visit.


Bridal Veil Falls

Price: Free

Address: Township of Billings, Manitoulin Island, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can swim beneath a waterfall at this enchanting swimming hole. Bridal Veil Falls is tucked away on Manitoulin Island and features a vibrant pool and breathtaking cascade.


St. Marys Quarry

Price: $7.25 per adult

When: Opening date to be announced

Address: 425 Water St. S., St. Marys, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a water trampoline, water park and more at this picturesque quarry. You can even pack a picnic and have a meal next to the swimming hole.


Trout Lake (Innerkip Quarry)

Price: $12+

When: Opening date to be announced

Address: 51 George St., Innerkip, ON

Why You Need To Go: This dreamy swimming hole is located an hour and a half from Toronto and features cliff jumping, an underground water park and more.


Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

Madeline Forsyth
Associate Editor
Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Travel Editor for Narcity Media focused on Canadian and global travel and is based in Toronto, Ontario.