News Release
June 18, 2021

An additional 46 outdoor swimming pools will open across Toronto tomorrow, Saturday, June 19. This follows the early opening of 10 City pools on Saturday, June 12.

Reservations for 45-minute leisure or lane swim sessions must be made in advance online at Toronto Swim. Blocks of new swim reservation spots are released Thursdays at 8 a.m. for the following Monday to Sunday. To ensure fairness, bookings are restricted to one per day, per person. 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.

As of this morning, 54,489 swim reservations have been completed and 7,000 accounts have been created online since Friday, June 4.

Residents visiting City outdoor pools are reminded that:

  • Supervision and/or swimming ability requirements are in place for children under 10 years of age at all City outdoor pools.
  • Leisure swimming is free for all ages.
  • Outdoor lane swim is free and open to swimmers aged seven years and older for swimming continuous lengths or widths.
  • Caregivers should supervise children at all times.
  • Pool visitors should listen to the on-duty lifeguards.

Capacity at outdoor pools continues to be reduced to 25 per cent, to ensure adequate space for physical distancing. Staff have worked with Toronto Public Health (TPH) to meet guidelines to ensure people can swim safely at outdoor pools. Patrons visiting the City’s outdoor pools will be required to sign in and provide their first name and an email or phone number to facilitate TPH contact tracing should it be required.

Ourland Outdoor Pool is expected to open on Sunday, June 20, and Alexandra Park Outdoor Pool will open on Tuesday, June 22 due to unforeseen mechanical repairs. For more information about possible services disruptions, please check Pool Closures & Service Alerts

City of Toronto outdoor pools will expand to full hours of operation when school concludes on Wednesday, June 30.

More information about swimming in the city is available at Toronto Swim


“Our Parks staff have worked to open the outdoor pools so people can safely enjoy them this month. More than 54,000 swim reservations have already been made since the registration system opened earlier this month. It shows people are eager to get active and use the City’s outdoor pools. Reserve your swim time online and take advantage of a lane or leisure swim at a City pool near you.”

– Mayor John Tory

“Outdoor pools offer Toronto residents a safe option to get outside and get active. I encourage residents to reserve a swim at their local pool and take advantage of the aquatic amenities the City has to offer this summer.”

– Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee

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