In a town known for its beaches, it’s no surprise there are some great swimming pools. But when you want to get away from the sun and the sand, a lush oasis in Emerald Hills is waiting for you at one of these luxurious pools. Whether you’re looking to cool off after a long day or just need a break from the sun, these pools are the perfect escape.
1. Kinsmen Leisure Centre
We generally do my aqua exercise in Edmonton, but because it’s such a short drive for me and my buddy, we wanted to try something new so we came here.
First and foremost, I’d like to commend the staff. The instructor’s enthusiasm was off the charts, and he appeared to be having a great time. The lady at the counter was a real peach, as we had arrived late owing to getting lost, allowing us to take the class and then return out to pay when we were done so that we wouldn’t miss too much.
If I had to describe it, I’d say it was similar to other yelpers’ experiences. The facility was a little aged, as they said. It’s presently a rental property, although that appears to be fairly well-maintained. In my view, it wasn’t filthy at all. My biggest complaint is that there was so much water on the floor and that the tiles are so slippery that I narrowly avoided falling and probably hurting myself had there not been a bar close by to grab.
Overall, it was a good experience. I think this is a fantastic alternative for people who like lane swimming or lessons in Millennium Place, which is frequently congested. To be honest, it didn’t pique my interest enough to make the trip again.
2. Fountain Park Rec Centre
For a birthday swim with Covid-19 restrictions, the Fountain Park Pool was clearly indicated to everyone who showed up from the lifeguard. Wear your bathing clothes under your walk-in attire, then remove them and place them in a bag on the trolley.
And after your swim, the lifeguards will bring them to you, without any shower facilities. After you’ve changed out of your swimming things and back into your clothing, leave the pool area.
3. Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool & Kinsmen Spray Park
Queen E has always been one of my favorite swimming destinations, but I’ve only recently visited her. The pool is brand new, which is a pleasant change for an outside pool. There is a shared change room with individual change stalls and lockers (25 cents each). Yet, I did not see any BYOL (Bring Your Own Lock) lockers available.
The pool itself is quite lovely. There is a very shallow area, as well as a deep end outfitted with two diving boards. I vacated the facility during a public swim, yet they also have lanes set out for the early morning lane swims.
You can spread out and soak up the rays on a large expanse of sun and shade grass around the pool area. There are also lounge patio chairs to take advantage of the poolside ambiance. There’s also a tiny food and drink stand, but I’ll most likely bring my own snacks. Slip into the water! But don’t forget to apply sunscreen.
4. The Meadows Community Recreation Centre
I go to the Meadows every Sunday to work out and swim. The gym is lovely. There is a lot of equipment. Except for a few select ones, I seldom have to wait. It’s great to use such cutting-edge equipment. You may also link them to your phone so that it can track or play music for you. There’s also a running track and a smaller room with weights. I have not been there, but they also offer spin classes and other similar types of workouts. I enjoy the fact that the pool is saltwater. It’s ideal for practicing at home and it doesn’t have to be used every time. It’s great for just laps because of this. I’ve taken my nieces and nephews previously, and I wasn’t a huge fan. They separate the pools into tiny parts to provide a variety of training sessions. There was not much space for everyone, aside from a little section with a slide. It’s great to end any swim with a soak in the hot tub!
They do, however, have a library, hockey rinks Dairy Queen, and a gym where you can play basketball/volleyball/badminton/etc. There are times, however, when the gym is completely open and it appears like a madhouse. I haven’t utilized it yet because there appears to be too much going on.
I’m satisfied with the functionality that I get from it. I thought it was clean, and the personnel was polite. I would suggest it to anyone!
5. Grosvenor Outdoor Pool
The Grosvenor pool is nestled in a residential area of town. It’s a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together. It is situated far from the noise of traffic, allowing for a lovely family outing. There are two pool areas: a shallower pool with an 0.9m – 1.3m depth and a much deeper pool with a diving board and slide that is 3.6 meters deep. There is a concession stand, but it was closed when we visited. There are a lot of seats available, but I’m sure they fill up quickly during the day. The only drawback is the pool deck’s filthy and dirty condition.
Overall, these five pools provide a great variety of swimming experiences. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing pool day or an opportunity to work out and improve your swimming skills, there’s something for everyone. I would highly recommend any of these five pools, depending on your individual needs and preferences. Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading and happy swimming.