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The Best Indoor Swimming Pools in Toronto

The best indoor swimming pools in Toronto are an ideal way to get your laps in without being at the mercy of Mother Nature. With plenty of free or pay-as-you-go aquatic centres around the city and a number of membership-only options, there’s no shortage of opportunities to wade in the waters year-round.

Here are the best indoor swimming pools in Toronto.


Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre
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Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre

Formerly called the Regent Park Aquatic Centre, this public pool in Regent Park has you covered for all your swimming needs. Huge windows let in a ton of natural light, and there's a 25-meter lap pool, spa pool, tarzan rope and water slide. The centre also has gender-neutral locker rooms and showers.

Miles Nadal JCC
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Miles Nadal JCC

Head to the Freddie Shore Aquatic Centre in this facility right across from Spadina station and you'll be treated to a fully-accessible heated saltwater pool in the heart of downtown. Monthly memberships range in price, so check the website for more info. 


Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
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Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

This sports complex is an athlete's mecca, and is the largest legacy facility of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. The public competitive facility by U of T’s Scarborough campus has two Olympic-sized 10 lane swimming pools, as well as a 25m diving tank with diving platforms and spring diving boards.

Etobicoke Olympium
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Etobicoke Olympium

Another training venue for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, this aquatic centre on Rathburn Rd. has an Olympic-sized 50-metre pool, in case you want to practice your synchronized swimming routine. For the rest of us, there’s also a smaller leisure pool.


Jimmie Simpson
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Jimmie Simpson

Sitting in this longtime Leslieville community centre is an indoor pool that hosts lessons, synchronized swims, certification programs and other activities. There are two swimming pools, one of which is a shallow tot pool.


Beaches Recreation Centre
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Beaches Recreation Centre

This rec centre in The Beaches includes a public pool that mainly serves as a facility for pre-school/school-aged programs, as well as fitness for adults. They offer lane swimming, recreational swimming, and private programs.

University of Toronto Athletics Centre
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University of Toronto Athletics Centre

U of T's gym boasts two different types of indoor pools accessible to the public: the 50-metre Varsity pool and the 25-metre Benson pool. You can access either with a community membership that's $97 per month, or $17.70 a day.


YMCA Cooper Koo
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YMCA Cooper Koo

This Cherry Street branch of the YMCA is probably best known as the training facility at the Pan Am Games. It's a mega 82,000 square foot open concept facility, and has a 25-metre lap and recreation pool that you can use with a membership that ranges between $45 and $57. 

Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre
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Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre

The Olympic-size pool by Mel Lastman Square boasts an epic water slide, leisure swims, and aquafit classes. It also has a therapeutic pool.


Joseph Piccininni Community Centre
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Joseph Piccininni Community Centre

This rec centre in Earlscourt offers one of the largest swimming facilities in the city, with programs for everyone from preschoolers to adults. The pool has swimming lessons, adult lane swims, aqua fitness, leisure swims, leadership courses, fitness, sports and female only swims, along with a water slide.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns at YMCA Cooper Koo


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