The Toronto summer of 2019 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 opens on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Pool closes on Monday, September 2, 2019. Below are Sunnyside Outdoor Pool hours:
Sat., June 15, 2019 to Sun., June 16, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mon., June 17, 2019 to Fri., June 21, 2019 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mon., June 24, 2019 to Thurs., June 27, 2019 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat., June 22, 2019 to Sun., June 23, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri., June 28, 2019 to Sun., Sept. 1, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 2, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hours are usually extended to around 11 p.m. during heat waves, but it’s best to call first.
Toronto’s largest public outdoor swimming pool, located at Lake Shore Boulevard West and Parkside Drive, overlooks Lake Ontario. This outdoor swimming 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. There are two designated swim lanes that are open during all swim hours. There are at least six lifeguards on duty. Lockers are 25 cents (quarters only) and require a quarter each time you secure them. Pool staff will not provide quarters.
For those who want to get their laps in, there are two designated continuous width swim lanes that are open during all swim hours. 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.
There are two metered parking lots within five minutes’ walking distance of Sunnyside Pool that are free until 4 p.m. on weekdays; weekends require a parking fee.
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, there is a burger stand several metres from the entrance to Sunnyside Pool or you can visit 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