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The top 10 outdoor swimming pools in Toronto

Outdoor swimming pools in Toronto let you beat the heat without even turning on the AC. When the weather is too nice to stay indoors (but too hot to handle), these refreshing, chlorinated havens are go-tos for a cool down.

Here are our picks for the top outdoor pools in Toronto.

Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool

This lakeside pool gets wildly busy on hot summer weekends, but it's amazing for people-watching. Though you'll be in close proximity to Lake Ontario, a swim here will let you skip the sometimes-murky waters in favour of something clear and chlorinated.

Alex Duff Memorial Pool

The thing that sets this Christie Pits Park pool apart is its water slide. Though it doesn't rival any of the ones at Canada's Wonderland, it's definitely fun. But if you're not into that, there's also a diving board and shallow splash area.

Monarch Park

This outdoor spot is a jackpot as far as public pools are concerned. It offers a two-storey waterslide, a diving board, a separate wading area, and a raised seating area for those who are not aquatically-inclined.

Rotary Peace Park Outdoor Pool

This Etobicoke swimming hole hosts classes for every age and offers both lane and leisure swims. When you're finished, you can always find a sunny spot in the park to dry off.

High Park

This public pool in High Park offers both lane and leisure swims, so you can opt to work out or veg out, depending on your interests. Once you've gotten your fill of swimming, you can indulge in a nature walk or visit the animals at the nearby zoo.

North Toronto Memorial Community Centre

This outdoor pool in Midtown has plenty of space for you to cool down. If you're looking to strengthen your swimming skills, they also offer a number of classes so you can practice your backstroke while beating the heat.

Riverdale Park East

Located in Riverdale Park East, this pool is the perfect spot for a cool-down after a jog around the track or a picnic in the park. Take a dip in the water, or if you feel like making the most of the sunshine, lay out in the elevated seating area.

Greenwood Park

Once you're done taking advantage of one of the two baseball diamonds, head to this Leslieville pool for a refreshing swim. The outdoor pool at the north end of the park, and features a 35 m shallow pool and a large deck with raised seating area for your relaxation. 

Giovanni Caboto Pool

If you want to do more than just swim, this St. Clair West pool offers a great cooldown opportunity — perfect for after a rousing game of tennis. Expect to find it packed during leisure hours on hot summer days.

Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre

The Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre was formerly known as Regent Park Aquatic Centre. It features a 25 metre lap pool, and a family and universal change room so everyone can enjoy the water. 

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City of Toronto. With files from Jaclyn Skrobacky and Alice Prendergast.

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