If #swimming outside is not possible …


Canadian winters can be long, and it can leave parents and kids a little stir crazy!


Thankfully, our city has many amazing indoor pool facilities. As a family with a busy toddler (who seems to have been a fish in her past life), we like to take advantage of these indoor pools.

For the close to ocean “experience” check out one of our local wave pools (Splash Wave Pool will entertain the entire family not only does it include a decent size wave pool and a small heated toddler pool, there is a small water slide).

A simple family outing to the Taggart Family YMCA, where the bright open window concept allows for the warmth of the sunshine even on those cold winter days won’t be a disappointment. Enjoy family swimming, playing with the pool toys and the comforts of a heated pool.

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Cool Part? Kids are able to start swimming lessons as early as three months old at the YMCA.


Even “Cooler” BONUS Part? After swimming, don’t forget to check out the indoor play structure (all covered by the costs of the pool pass). It’s on the second floor of the centre, clean, safe and bright (again, surrounded by windows!).


Both experiences cost only about $6 per person (children under 18 months are free at the Y and free for under 3 at the city pool). Totally worth it!

Both experiences cost only about $6 per person (children under 18 months are free at the Y and free for under 3 at the city pool). Totally worth it!

Finally, the hidden gem — Brookstreet Hotel. Equipped with two amazing indoor saltwater pools, and if our daughter hadn’t started swimming lessons with Aqua Life, we would not have discovered this gem.



What’s cool? One side is a children’s wading pool which includes a small slide and ‘sea saw’ right in the water.


3 thoughts on “If #swimming outside is not possible …

  1. Reona Turcotte says:

    Great to know for parents who have kids anxiously waiting for the warm spring days and those infamous puddles..knowing these pools are just around the corner ease the winter blahs that seem to be staying with us..!!!!.

  2. Suzanne S. says:

    Here in Portland, Oregon we have a ton of fountains and splash pads for toddlers during the summer months, but I can’t think of one kiddie pool/water feature type place for the winter months. Sad. Another reason to move to Canada.

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