5 Places to Get Wet in Vancouver


30 ft. pool, Lynn Canyon. Image: TripAdvisor

30 ft. pool, Lynn Canyon. Image: TripAdvisor

When it comes to taking a dip in Vancouver, the obvious pick is the ocean. What are your other options?

From Olympic-length, salt water swimming pools to aquamarine swimming holes hidden deep in the forest, here are 5 other fun ways to get wet in and around Vancouver.

5 Places to Get Wet in Vancouver

1. Kitsilano Pool
Vancouver has five outdoor public pools and Kits Pool is the crown jewel. Sitting pretty next to Kits Beach, with views of the ocean, the mountains and the Vancouver skyline, Kits Pool is 137 meters (150 yards), making it Canada’s longest swimming pool. Use it for laps or just bob around int he turquoise glory until the hot spell is over. There’s also a splash area for little ones.

2. Granville Island Water Park, Granville Island
Slides and water cannons abound at North America’s largest free water park. Fun for older kiddos as well as tots, and very kind to parents’ wallets.

3. 30 Foot Pool, Lynn Canyon
Getting there takes focus, but it’s worth the excursion. On the north side of the suspension bridge the trail to the left leads you north west through the park. Follow this a short ways and you’ll come across the  30-ft pool. This mint-green swimming hole is a thing of beauty. Dip your toes (or more) in and then settle in for a forest picnic. Warning: the water is refreshingly frigid, even in summer months.

4. Trimble Park Wading Pool, West Point Grey
Wading pools are great because kids can ge tsoaked and parents can monitor without going full swimsuit.

5. Second Beach Pool, Stanley Park
Stanley Park’s outdoor pool is ideal for families. Not only is it perched along the Stanley Park Seawall, the free Variety Kids Water Park is nearby.

Last modified: July 16, 2014

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