Swimming and water activities

Woman swimming in Vancouver pool

Vancouver has plenty of opportunities to have fun in the water!

  • 9 indoor pools
  • 5 outdoor pools
  • 24 wading pools
  • 14 spray parks
  • 11 beaches

Vancouver's Park Board offers swimming and water sport classes to all ages and skill levels. Take a lesson, register for a program, or join a drop-in swim at a community pool near you.

Swim to Survive

Register for a free 90 minute session scheduled for New Brighton Pool on Wednesday, July 18 2018.

Places to play in the water in Vancouver

Swimming pools

We have nine indoor and five outdoor seasonal pools. View their locations, features, and amenities.

Water parks and wading pools

Find water parks and wading pools in Vancouver – the perfect way to cool down in the city on a hot summer day.

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.

Private events at pools

Have a birthday party at a pool

For your next birthday, have your party at a Vancouver pool. Find out what's included, the days and times pools are available, and the cost.

Rent a pool or lane

Rent a pool or swim lane in Vancouver for private events, swim clubs, scuba diving lessons, and more.

You might also be interested in

Windsurfing, skimboarding, and standup paddling

Locations, lessons, rules and rental info for windsurfing, skimboarding, standup paddling, and kiteboarding at Vancouver beaches.

Paddling and boating

Find out about boating and water sport lessons, marinas, launches, teams, and amenities in Vancouver.

Private training in fitness centres

If you are a rehabilitation professional, you may be able to work with your clients in Park Board fitness facilities. Register as an external rehabilitation specialist.

Saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs

View a full list of saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs at our community centres and fitness centres.

Lifeguard training

Learn how to become a certified lifeguard. We offer lifeguard training with Lifeguard School, individual courses, and recertification programs.

Other recreation programs

Private recreation permit holders

Find other organizations that are offering Park Board endorsed recreation programs at Vancouver parks and beaches.

Parks and recreation for all

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

About the Park Board

Get our Rec Report newsletter

Sign up now

View past newsletters