Kitsilano Pool Overview:
Of Vancouver’s five outdoor public pools, Kitsilano Pool—Kits Pool to locals—is the zenith, the sight to see, the pool.
Situated on the water in the heart of Kitsilano, the Kits Pool stretches out in all its glory. At 137 meters (150 yards), it’s Canada’s longest pool—almost three times longer than an Olympic pool—and Vancouver’s only heated salt water pool.
With its white bottom and turquoise water and its spectacular views--of the ocean, the mountains, Kits Beach, and the skyline of Vancouver’s West End, glittering across English Bay--Kits Pool is a vacation destination unto itself, and just stepping through the gates feels like an escape.
To accommodate every type of pool-goer, the pool is divided into three sections, each running lengthwise: a shallow section for families and small children, a middle section of roped-off lanes for lap-swimmers and exercisers (the lifeguards are tenacious in keeping the lanes clutter--and kid—free), and a deep end for more casual adult and teen bathers.
Getting to Kitsilano Pool
Kits Pool is located at 2305 Cornwall Avenue, between Yew St. and Balsam St. It’s part of the Kitsilano Beach park, and drivers can park at one of the beach’s pay parking lots--$2 per hour or $7 all day—for easy access.
Kits Pool is open from mid-May - mid-September. Times vary by month, so check the Vancouver Park Board site for hours of operation.