Toronto Public Health’s Guidance for Recreational Water Facilities


Pool Closures and Service Alerts 
(extended hours):  

Indoor / Outdoor pools 

Participants are encouraged to make a reservation in advance.

The outdoor pools will be open on Labour Day (September 6, 2021) from noon to 5 p.m. for leisure swim.  All other pools will be closed the day prior (September 5, 2021) for the season.

Indoor pools will open July 21, 2021. Swim reservations can be made by visiting www.toronto.ca/swim

Extended Hours

When a Heat Alert is issued by Environment Canada, extended hours are implemented at select outdoor pool locations until 11:45 p.m. The decision to extend outdoor pools will depend on forecasted active weather and availability of resources. 

Outdoor Pool Extended Hours Program, on hot evenings the following 8 pools will be open until 11:45 pm:

  1. Alex Duff Pool, 779 Crawford St. 
  2. Alexandra Park, 275 Bathurst St.
  3. Giovanni Caboto Pool, 1369 St. Clair Ave. W. 
  4. McGregor Park, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. 
  5. Monarch Park, 115 Felstead Ave. 
  6. Parkway Forest, 55 Forest Manor Rd. 
  7. Smithfield Park, 175 Mount Olive Dr.
  8. Sunnyside Park/Gus Ryder Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

During the extended evening hours, from 8 to 11:45 p.m., pool access will be walk-in only and online reservations will not be available. In order to allow for physical distancing due to COVID-19, the capacity at outdoor pools remains reduced.

Residents with a disability or who require an accommodation will be eligible to reserve a swim spot during extended outdoor pool hours by calling or emailing the Adapted and Inclusive Services Hotline at 416-395-6128 or aiscw@toronto.ca between noon and 8 p.m.

Reservations for Outdoor Swim

Reservations for 45-minute outdoor swim sessions must be made in advance online at toronto.ca/swim. Through the system residents can:

  • Log in using existing family and client numbers
  • Create an account online for themselves and members of their family (first- time users)
  • Book leisure swims and lane swims up to one week in advance, one activity per day, per person
  • Cancel a reservation up to one day before the activity is scheduled. Same day cancellations can be made by calling PF&R Customer Service Line

Blocks of new swim reservation spots are released Thursdays at 8 a.m. for the following Monday to Sunday. A select number of spaces at each outdoor pool location will be held back to ensure swimming remains accessible to people with limited access to the internet. These spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Hours of operation and swim times vary by location and can be viewed online. Admission to outdoor leisure swimming, lane swimming is free.

Pool closures due to weather

Upon seeing lightning or hearing thunder, the pool must be cleared immediately. Outdoor aquatic site staff and patrons are to stay away from objects that conduct electricity, such as reaching poles and umbrellas and are to stay a minimum of 30 metres away from any wire fence. Patrons may return to the water 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder or the last sight of lightning. For further information regarding the potential danger of lightening strikes, contact Environment Canada.

Rain Closures

If rain is forecast for the full day and it is raining at the scheduled time of opening, the pool will not open and will remain closed for the day. If it starts to rain at any time after the pool has opened, the pool may be closed for the rest of the day. When intermittent showers are forecast staff may stay at the pool to reopen after rain. Lessons may operate during drizzling rain unless there is thunder and/or lightning. The black disc must always be visible. Closures due to rain are determined locally, as it may be raining in one part of the city and not in another.

Pool Temperature

All indoor pools are heated and the general range is 82F - 84F. This may fluctuate if heaters are turned off for maintenance. TDSB sites can be as low as 78F based on their operating policies.  Some sites might be kept slightly warmer to meet certain programming needs (e.g., high volume of programs for people who have arthritis).

The City has two solar-heated pools: Scarborough Centennial and Agincourt 

Cool Temperature Closures (neighbourhood outdoor pools):

  1. If the forecast high for the day is 19 degrees C or lower, leisure swims will not operate and the pool is to be closed.
  2. If the temperature drops to 19 degrees C or lower during pool operations and there are no (more) lessons scheduled for the day and there has been no attendance for 30 minutes, the pool is to be closed and staff shall leave the pool.

Exceptions - these regional pools will stay open during cool weather for regular scheduled hours:

  • Alex Duff Memorial Park (Christie Pits)
  • D.D. Summerville
  • Alexandra Park
  • Kidstown
  • McGregor Park
  • North Toronto Memorial
  • Sunnyside - Gus Ryder
  • Pine Point

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