These 20 Toronto city pools are opening early this weekend

With warm temperatures radiating off the cement sooner than expected, the City of Toronto is offering some relief from the heat a little early.

While the full summer schedule for city pools starts June 28, the city has announced it's opening 10 outdoor pools and 10 wading pools on Saturday.

The Parkdale wading pool was open for its final day on Aug.24
Wading pool hours will vary by location to start the year, so the city recommends checking online before going for a soak. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)

Wading pools opening Saturday: 
  • Don Russell Memorial Park.
  • Eglinton Park.
  • High Park.
  • Kew Gardens.
  • Knob Hill Park.
  • McCormick Park.
  • Prairie Drive.
  • Rexlington Park.
  • Riverdale Park West.
  • Woburn Park.

Wading-pool hours will vary by location, so the city recommends checking their online schedule before heading out.

All other wading pools will open on June 28.

Bathers swim at Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, on Toronto’s lakeshore, during a heatwave on July 20, 2022.
Not only is the city opening 10 outdoor pools early this year, it's offering swim lessons and lane swims for free. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Outdoor pools opening Saturday:
  • Alex Duff Memorial Pool.
  • Heron Park Community Centre.
  • Kiwanis Outdoor Pool.
  • McGregor Park Community Centre.
  • North York Memorial Community Centre.
  • Parkway Forest Outdoor Pool.
  • Pine Point Park Outdoor Pool.
  • Riverdale Park East.
  • Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool.
  • West Mall Outdoor Pool.

These outdoor pools will be open on evenings and weekends until the full summer schedule begins, the city said. All other outdoor city pools will open under the same partial schedule on June 22.

Full summer hours for all pools start June 28.

"As we feel the heat sooner and longer than before, opening outdoor pool operations will help many stay cool and healthy," said Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie in a news release Friday.

Starting Saturday, May 21 until Sunday, September 18 splash and spray pads will operate daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Toronto.
The city's splash pads opened in May, and run daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (City of Toronto)

The city has a leisure swim program that's free for all ages at its outdoor pools, no reservation required. Outdoor lane swimming is also free and open to swimmers aged seven and up.

Splash pads are already open and operate daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For natural bodies of water, the city said its 10 beaches now have lifeguards on duty every day from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.