Cool Off at Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool

Sunnyside Gus Ryder Pool
Sunnyside Pool, Toronto

The Toronto summer of 2016 will hopefully not be as scorching as previous years, but on those hot days, one place you can head to is the massive outdoor Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Pool. Toronto’s largest outdoor pool, located at Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Parkside Dr. and right next to Sunnyside Pavilion, has a scenic view of Lake Ontario and is in the heart of Sunnyside Beach. The pool will be open for the season on Saturday, June 18, 2016 with weekend hours from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and weekday hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. until Thursday, June 30, 2016, from which time it will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day until September 5, 2016. On Monday, September 5, 2016, the last day the pool is open for the season, the pool will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. only. Hours are usually extended to around 11 p.m. during heat waves, but it’s best to call first.

Sunnyside Gus Ryder Pool
Sunnyside Pool, Toronto

This outdoor pool has a large kiddie section with steps and a handrail to gradually walk in and an equally large mid-depth and deep end area so there’s usually lots of room to splash around. For those who want to get their laps in, there are two designated continuous width swim lanes that are open during all swim hours. Lockers are 25 cents (quarters only) and require a quarter each time you secure them. Pool staff will not provide quarters. There are two metered parking lots within five minutes’ walking distance of the pool that are free until 4 p.m. on weekdays; weekends require a parking fee. You can bring towels, flip flops, water wings, plastic water bottles (no food), sunglasses, sun hats, suntan lotion and books onto the sundeck. No bags are allowed on deck.

Sunnyside Beach, Toronto
Sunnyside Beach, Toronto
Sunnyside Pavillion Cafe
Sunnyside Cafe

Once you’re finished swimming, you can head on over to Sunnyside Beach and watch beach volleyball or simply enjoy the view of the boats on the lake. If you’re hungry after your swim, pay a visit to the Sunnyside Pavilion Cafe (416-531-2233), which is at the south end of the pavilion, facing the lake. This casual and affordable restaurant serves gourmet pizza, burgers, sandwiches and salads and has a magnificent patio on Sunnyside Beach, just steps from the water.

Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, Lake Shore Blvd. W. at Parkside Dr., 416-392-7929


  1. What are the pool rules, ie no bags right , this should be posted on the site. Why would you allow people to travel down there to be surprised and or up set as to what they can bring into the pool.

  2. Have been searching for far more information on Sunnysuide Pool – namely rules and regulations. Would certainly like to bring the children here but need a whole lot more information than what is provided anywhere….very behind in times as far as on-line information.

    Can the children bring any water toys into pool…can you bring a cooler with drinks etc.

    Cost – etc. etc. Very poor information indeed.

    • Hi Barbara, Thanks for your comment. I’ve updated my article to advise what items you can bring into the pool area. Cheers, Lori

  3. dear sir/madam good morning /afternoon , yesterday 16 -july-2012 at 18;00 i was at Sunnyside out door pool and i whent to the deep area and i became very wary while swimming due to the large amount of people , yesterday while swimming i was almoas t Drowning in the deep area because i was tired and confuse so many people there , there were so many life guard there but there were not focusing , there were about six life guard sitting on a bench and were chatting and only one life guard were at the deep area and were not on the aleart at the deep area . MY SUGGESTION IS THAT THE LIFE GUARDS HAVE TO BE MORE ON THE ALEART AND SHOULD HAVE 2 LIFE GUARD ON THE DEEP AREA BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY LITTLE KIDS THERE AT THE DEEP AREA , THANKS TO ONE GUY WHO WERE SITTING AT THE END OF THE POOL who RESQUE me

    • Hi Stephen, Thank you for advising me of this situation at Sunnyside Pool. I have forwarded your comment to the City of Toronto ( for their attention. Lori

  4. Thank you for this article! There was no useful information on the parks and rec site at all and it was really hard to figure out where to look for the pool hours (I’ve had at least 3 people swear to me that they are not there) you just need to know where to click because it is not labelled. If it hadn’t been for finding this article I would not have known what to expect at the pool.

    • Thanks Christine. I know sometimes it’s difficult to find info on the City of Toronto website. I hope you enjoy Sunnyside pool! Cheers, Lori

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