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Summer starts in Vancouver with the opening of outdoor pools and beaches

May 14 2014

Second Beach Pool

Starting this Victoria Day long weekend, the city’s outdoor pools and beaches will open, and lifeguards and park rangers will be on duty.

Outdoor pools

The heated seaside pools at Kitsilano Beach Park, Second Beach in Stanley Park, and New Brighton Park open Saturday, May 17. Swimmers often line up to be the first in. Please check pool schedules for operating hours.

Maple Grove Pool, an outdoor pool in Kerrisdale, opens June 21 and closes September 1. Hillcrest Centre’s outdoor pool will open in July after annual maintenance and repairs are complete.

Vancouver’s outdoor pools operate until the Labour Day weekend. Kitsilano Pool is typically open until mid-September.

Learn more about Vancouver's outdoor pools 

Windbreaks

New this year, temporary windbreaks have been installed at both Kitsilano and Second Beach pools. The screens will significantly reduce heat loss and goosebumps! A two-week trial in early June last year at Second Beach reduced the pool’s energy consumption by 400 gigajoules of natural gas – a savings of $4,000. The windbreaks will also protect swimmers and sunbathers from chilly prevailing winds.

Passes

The Park Board’s outdoor pools offer a range of affordable admission options: single drop-ins, 10-visit passes, or the monthly Flexipass. These passes can save you money and are conveniently loaded onto OneCard for universal access to Park Board pools, rinks, and fitness centres.

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Lifeguards and park rangers

Starting this weekend, beach lifeguards and park rangers will be on duty. Always be water smart. Choose a supervised swim location at a Vancouver beach or pool.

Lifeguards patrol the Park Board's 11 supervised bathing beaches from Victoria Day to Labour Day between 11:30am and 8:30pm daily (9:00pm from mid-June to mid-August). When the red light is on at the Lifeguard Station, lifeguards are not on duty.

Almost 18 kilometres of ocean beach stretch from Spanish Banks West all the way around English Bay to Third Beach in Stanley Park. Trout Lake, located in John Hendry Park, is the lifeguard-supervised freshwater beach in Vancouver.

Learn more about Vancouver's beaches

A team of five full-time and more than 30 seasonal park rangers act as Park Board ambassadors in more than 230 city parks. Uniformed rangers help visitors with wayfinding, park services, monitoring of play fields, bylaw enforcement, and park activities such as filming and special events.

For the second year in a row there is a dedicated ranger to manage homelessness issues and outreach.

Phone 3-1-1 if you need park ranger assistance.

Smoke-free parks and beaches

All beaches and parks are smoke-free.

Read the Smoking Regulation Bylaw

Dogs

While dogs are not allowed on beaches, there are six off-leash areas with waterfront access in Vancouver. Please keep your dog leashed unless you're in designated off-leash area.

Find dog off-leash areas

Fires and barbecues

Fires are not allowed in parks or on beaches at any time. Barbecue coal pits are provided for hot coals at many popular beach and picnic locations.

Get fire safety tips for parks and beaches

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Public swim schedules

Swimming pools

Find information about our nine indoor and five outdoor seasonal pools; their locations, features, and amenities.

Beaches in Vancouver

Beaches

Find out about Vancouver beaches – English Bay, Jericho, Kitsilano, Locarno, Second, Spanish Banks, Sunset, Third, Trout Lake – and what you can do at our beaches.

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Dog off-leash areas

Find all of the dog parks and off-leash areas in Vancouver. Find dog parks that are on the water and dog parks in your neighbourhood.

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