Torontonians can make a splash, have fun and get some exercise at the city’s indoor public pools, any time of year! Many pools have drop-in swimming sessions, activities such as warm tot pools, diving boards and water slides, plus inexpensive lessons and party room rentals (making it an easy and affordable option for a kid’s birthday pool party). Grab your swim buddies and dive into our Guide to the Best Indoor Pools in Toronto!
The City of Toronto runs over 60 indoor pools, and the leisure swim times are FREE for city residents! You can see the full list here, but here are our favourites for families…
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Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre
Striking architecture meets recreational ingenuity in the burgeoning Regent Park area, with a kids’ warm pool, adult hot tub, family change rooms, plus a slide with a long exit (perfect for kids nervous about getting plunged into the deep end of the pool).
Features: Lap pool, warm/tot pool, spa, Tarzan rope, diving board, water slide, family change rooms, multipurpose room, ramp entry
Address: 640 Dundas St. East, Toronto
Scadding Court Community Recreation Centre
At a popular community centre at the western end of downtown, this pool also includes a small warm area on one end.
Features: Preschool leisure swim times, tot pool, warm pool, gymnasium, multipurpose room
Address: 707 Dundas St. West, Toronto
St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre
Located in the historic St. Lawrence Neighbourhood of downtown Toronto, this pool is in a recreation centre that shares its space with Market Lane Public School and St. Lawrence Community Day Care.
Features: Ramp entry, tot pool, fitness facilities, multipurpose room, preschool leisure swim times
Address: 230 The Esplanade, Toronto
Wellesley Community Centre
This newer downtown community centre is stacked with amenities and programs, and the pool follows suit with a steam room, separate pool for tots, plus a hot tub.
Features: Tot pool, therapy pool/hot tub, steam room, diving board, universal change room, preschool leisure swim times, fitness/weight room, gymnasium, lounge, multipurpose room
Address: 495 Sherbourne Street, Toronto
Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre
This community centre is in the heart of the west end Corso Italia neighbourhood, and the pool includes a small kids section and slide.
Features: Water slide, fitness equipment, women leisure swim times
Address: 1369 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto
Mary McCormick Recreation Centre
In the bustling Little Portugal area, this warm water pool is accessible has warm water, a viewing gallery plus a family/universal change room.
Features: Warm water pool, craft room, dance studio, dressing room, fitness/weight room, games room, gymnasium, multipurpose room, preschool
Address: 66 Sheridan Ave., Toronto
Parkdale Community Recreation Centre
Located in the heart of Parkdale, this fully accessible shared-use facility features a 25-metre pool, a tot pool, many registered programs, plus leisure swimming on Friday afternoons.
Features: Tot pool, two gymnasiums, community room, full-functioning kitchen
Swansea Community Recreation Centre
In Bloor West Village, this recreation centre and quiet 25-metre, six-lane pool has been servicing their community for over 25 years!
Features: Gymnasium, fitness facilities, multipurpose room
Address: 15 Waller Avenue, Toronto
Trinity Community Recreation Centre
On the side of the busy Trinity Bellwoods Park on Queen West, this well-equipped pool has a separate tots area, viewing area, family change rooms and many other amenities.
Features: Fitness facilities, gymnasium, running track, multipurpose room, preschool leisure swim times
Address: 155 Crawford Street, Toronto
Wallace Emerson Community Centre
This newly renovated recreation centre in the Toronto neighbourhood of Wallace Emerson, near Dupont & Dufferin, has a clean and bright pool with a wide shallow area.
Features: Dressing room, fitness & dance Studio, gymnasium, multipurpose room, weight & cardio room
Address: 1260 Dufferin Street, Toronto
Fairmount Park Community Centre
In a small but well-equipped community centre attached to the Bowmore School in the Upper Beaches, the pool has a viewing area, so parents can watch the many busy swimming lessons.
Features: Diving blocks, large multipurpose room, craft room, kitchen
Address: 1757 Gerrard St. East, Toronto
Frankland Community Centre
In the middle of Greektown and just south of the Danforth, this small warm water pool off is also shallow which is great for new and young swimmers.
Features: Gymnasium, kitchen, multipurpose room
Address: 816 Logan Ave., Toronto
Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre
This facility located at Jimmie Simpson Park in Leslieville has an enhanced youth space and serves as a hub for recreation programming with a variety of opportunities. The busy pool has a shallow tot area and dedicated kids leisure swim times.
Features: Tot pool, preschool & youth leisure swim times, games room, gymnasium, multipurpose room, indoor skateboard area
Address: 870 Queen St. East, Toronto
Leaside Memorial Gardens Swimming Pool
Serving the Leaside and Thorncliffe areas, this community centre has an accessible 25-metre pool, including a wheelchair-accessible lift and elevator to the pool area, plus a multi-access change room, drop-in programs and leisure swimming.
Features: Excellent accessibility features
Address: 1073 Millwood Road, Toronto
Main Square Community Centre
Close to the Danforth GO Station off Main Street, this airy space has three level of facilities. The tall ceilings and large windows makes it feel especially light and bright in colder months.
Features: Leisure swim, fitness/weight room, multipurpose rooms
Address: 245 Main Street, Toronto
Matty Eckler Recreation Centre
This east end community centre has a wide range of programming, including swim lessons at this six-lane pool with viewing area.
Features: Drop-in swimming, computer/training room, dance studio, dressing room, fitness/weight room, games room, gymnasium, lounge, multipurpose room, preschool
Address: 953 Gerrard St. East, Toronto
Renovated to be a training venue for swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming and diving for the 2015 Pan Am Games, this centre has an accessible Olympic-sized pool with eight lanes, multiple diving boards, and diving towers of varying heights, plus new large bleachers.
Features: Competitive lane swimming, diving tower, meeting rooms, family leisure swim times, gymnasium, indoor track, kitchen, lounge, multipurpose room, weight/cardio room
Address: 590 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke
Gus Ryder Pool and Health Club
In the Long Branch neighbourhood of Etobicoke, this 25-yard warm water pool has a chair lift and stairs, plus a family/universal change room, sauna and hot tub.
Features: Warm water pool, chair lift and stairs, family/universal change room, fitness/weight room, multipurpose room
Address: 1 Faustina Drive, Etobicoke
Memorial Pool and Health Club
In Tom Riley Park near Bloor & Islington, this accessible 25-metre, six-lane pool with ramp entry serves the Kingsway and Etobicoke communities with family swimming times and registered programs such as Caregiver with Baby Aquatic Fitness.
Features: Ramp entry, fitness equipment
Address: 44 Montgomery Road, Etobicoke
Cummer Park Community Centre
Between Finch and Steeles, this well-equipped community centre offers plenty of recreation options to which families can buy an Athletic Membership. The pool has a family/universal change room, ramp entry and water slide.
Features: Water slide, family change rooms, ramp entry, ice rink, indoor dry pad, indoor squash court, indoor track, kitchen, multipurpose room, weight/cardio room
Address: 6000 Leslie Street, North York
Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre
Located by Mel Lastman Square in North York, the Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre and community centre features a 50-metre, six-lane Olympic-sized pool with a warm water toddler pool, waterslide and diving boards and a therapy pool with whirlpool and sauna.
Features: Water slide, 50-metre long lanes, tot pool, preschool leisure swim, family change rooms, ramp entry, kitchen, multipurpose room
Address: 5100 Yonge Street, North York
North Toronto Community Centre
This busy community centre on Eglinton West offers an accessible 25-metre, six-lane warm water pool with twisty waterslide and toddler pool, plus there’s also an outdoor pool in the warmer months.
Features: Water slide, tot pool, fitness centre, dance studio, gymnasium, indoor track, dance studio, multipurpose rooms, family change room, craft room, kitchen, lounge
Address: 200 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto
York Recreation Centre
With a green roof and more Green Standard sustainable features, York Recreation Centre offers many athletic and leisure possibilities, including a six-lane, 25-metre pool with a ramp, shallow leisure tot pool, water features and family/universal change room.
Features: Shallow leisure tot pool with water spray and splash features, gymnasium, weight room, indoor running track, fitness studio, ramp entry, family/universal change room, open and inclusive leisure swim times, preschool leisure swim times, women leisure swim times
Address: 115 Black Creek Drive, York
Agincourt Recreation Centre
Located in north Scarborough, the Agincourt Recreation Centre feels like a free waterpark, complete with zero entry, shallow toddler pool with warm water and jungle theme, small slides for the little ones, and a tall twisty water slide with chute exit (so kids don’t have to pass a swim test, as long as they’re 48 inches tall).
Features: Tot pool, therapy pool/hot tub, sauna, water slide, preschool leisure swim times, craft room, indoor dry pad, multipurpose room, preschool, Snoezelen Room (controlled multisensory environments)
Address: 31 Glen Watford Drive, Scarborough
Birchmount Community Centre
In the southern end of Scarborough, this community centre has a leisure pool, warm conversation pool with jets, shallow area and slide for children, family/universal change room and a large water slide, as well as a multipurpose facility with programs and services at the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre.
Features: Tot pool, therapy pool/hot tub, sauna, water slide, preschool leisure swim times, gymnasium, multipurpose room
Address: 93 Birchmount Road, Scarborough
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
Built for the 2015 Pan Am Games, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is filled with every watery facility imaginable, with two Olympic-sized pools including 52-metre 10-lane competition pool, dive pool with a multi-platform dive tower, underwater sound system and more.
Features: Two Olympic-sized, 10 lane swimming pools, 25m diving tank with diving platforms and spring diving boards, four gymnasiums, family change room, gymnasium, indoor track, preschool, weight/cardio room
Address: 875 Morningside Avenue, Scarborough
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