Where to Keep Cool This Summer: Edmonton's Outdoor Pools

The weathermen are predicting a hot week (finally!). It’s time to beat the dry heat with some poolside fun.

Edmonton pools don’t exactly offer shaded cabanas, bottle service and private parties. Even the pools at the ‘private’ clubs such as the Royal Glenora Club offer a rather family experience. When it’s time to chill out, the city-owned pools are the best.

Queen Elizabeth (9100 Walterdale Hill)
Newly opened on July 18, 2011, this pool fits the athletic-type, families and sun bunnies. The six-lane pool, children’s spray park and south-facing sundeck delivers a workout, fun and a great tan.

Mill Creek (9555 84 Avenue)
A little tricky to find, this pool is nestled in the Mill Creek ravine. It’s loud and jam-packed with sunbathing beauties and teenagers. The grassy area is perfect for getting an even tan.

Borden Park (11200 74 Street)
A 30.5 metre swimming pool, giant aquatic inflatables, and picnic tables for enjoying the concession stand goodies. And, it’s a gem of a location with a neighbouring playground, ball diamonds, picnic sites, walking trails and tennis courts.

Fred Broadstock (10515 158 Street)
Our top vote for the kiddies! Newly renovated in 2010, this pool features a spray park, children’s teach pool and big family change rooms.

Oliver (10315 119 Street)
Log a few hours of work (if you must), then jet over to this centrally located outdoor pool to take a much-deserved dip. Lounge on the sundeck and enjoy a popsicle from the concession stand.

Still craving a poolside party swanky-style? Consider renting out the entire pool – just forget about bottle service.

Before You Go:
* Check to ensure the pool is open.
* Pack your sunscreen (our top picks)
* Look hot poolside (Edmonton's Best Shops for Bikinis)

* Images via Rue Magazine