Either they’re whining about the bitter cold of winter or the insufferable humidity of the hotter months. For those of you who can’t wait to dive into a pool to seek relief from the scorching summer temperatures, a resort pool is one of the most important features that will make or break a vacation. Despite being known for our frosty climate, Canada hotels and resorts offer several envy-inducing swimming pools from coast to coast that will make you want to strip down to your Speedo.
Where To Take A Dip: The Dreamiest Hotel Pools across Canada
Moose Hotel and Suites, Banff
Once you see the incredible view of the mountains from the two rooftop heated pools at Moose Hotel and Suites in Banff, you won’t want to venture anywhere else. The indoor swimming pool has similar striking views of the mountains at Banff National Park. After your swim, you can work out in the fitness room or enjoy a detoxifying visit to the sauna. If you manage to tear yourself away from the pools, you’ll find comfort in the cozy-country-cabin-like lobby featuring a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.
The casually chic restaurant, Pacini, features an authentic Italian menu including fried risotto balls, seafood linguine, shrimp and asparagus risotto and Italian crusted cod. If you’re the type who can’t go anywhere without your Jack Russell Terrier named Cooper, then you’ll be pleased to know that Moose Hotel and Suites has a generous pet policy. Pets stay for an additional $25 per night and the fee includes their own pet bed, food and water bowls, a toy to take home and pet treats. Other complimentary bonuses included at this popular Banff hotel include WiFi, parking with charging stations for Teslas and non-Teslas, and a Banff Transit pass.
Moose Hotel & Suites
Radisson Admiral Hotel, Toronto
There is no other Toronto hotel pool that has a better view of the harbour than the Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront. The outdoor swimming pool is so close that it almost spills into Lake Ontario. You can leisurely watch boat traffic from your chaise lounge including the ferry to and from Centre Island, as well as renegade motor boats, majestic sailboats and bold kayakers competing for lake real estate. You’ll also be able to see the looming CN Tower and downtown Toronto from your excellent vantage point poolside.
If you want to escape the sun’s rays, you can find shade in one of the poolside cabanas. There’s really no reason to leave the pool area since the Lakeview Pool Lounge, open seasonally from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., will keep you satisfied with refreshing summer cocktails and tasty bites including crispy calamari, flatbreads, burgers, fish burritos and traditional or gluten-free pizza. If you’re looking for more formal dining, the hotel’s Watermark Restaurant offers steak, seafood and vegetarian entrees and again, you’ll be able to watch the boats go by as you dine. You’ll have a wide range of exercise options including the in-house fitness centre, as well as the 56-kilometre Martin Goodman Trail for running, cycling or blading just outside your door.
Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront
Hotel Bonaventure, Montreal
Despite the fact that the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal is located in the heart of bustling downtown Montreal, you will feel peacefully secluded as you glide through the outdoor heated pool, perfecting your breaststroke or simply lounging among the surrounding greenery. The outdoor heated swimming pool, which is open year-round, is gently protected from the towering glass buildings of Montreal. You’ll be able to maintain a serene pace as you enjoy your morning meal on the patio of the hotel’s breakfast restaurant. Indulge in the breakfast buffet or order from the à la carte menu, which includes create-your-own omelettes, smoothies, Belgian waffles, and Montreal bagels. Dinner at the hotel’s dining room, Le Bisco, may include Cornish hen, sushi pizza, vegetable curry, grilled salmon or Angus beef tenderloin to name a few. Order snacks for your room including poutine, barbecue chicken wings, crab cake sliders and nachos.
Guest rooms feature garden or city views, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, mahogany furniture, wall-to-wall carpet and a coffeemaker. Suites offer windows that open to allow fresh air, two phones with voicemail, as well as all the features of Guest Rooms. Some suites are two levels to give you added privacy if you’re bringing the kids along. If you want to go full out on luxury with a spa treatment from the hotel’s MiaSpa, you can request a massage in the privacy of your own room. You can’t beat the location of the Hotel Bonaventure since this hotel is within walking distance of popular retail stores and culinary hotspots on Peel and Saint Catherine Streets. You will also be steps from Central Station if you are visiting Montreal by train and the busy sidewalk cafes and nightclubs in iconic Old Montreal.
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver
The crowning feature of the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is its heated indoor-outdoor pool. Just like the hotel name implies, the pool is open all four seasons and is surrounded by a garden patio. Most pool lovers would never forget their bathing suit, but in the odd chance that you did (or it went south with your luggage), the hotel will provide you with a swimsuit for your stay. Relax in the whirlpool and sauna or do some cardio on the treadmills and stationary bikes that are in the pool area. After your swim, book an appointment in the hotel spa and enjoy a Thermal Stix, a fusion of Swedish and Shiatsu massage using heated wood batons. You won’t have to walk around with pool hair – you can get a blowout at Blo Blow Dry Bar. Be sure to stop at Yew Bar and snag a cozy couch by the fireplace.
In addition to tempting cocktails, the Bar offers a signature dish of scallops, tiger prawns, clams, mussels, and half lobster. Rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver feature city or garden views of stunning views of the harbour or the North Shore Mountains. The Four Seasons Hotel chain has a reputation for high standards and that means you’ll enjoy complimentary services including housekeeping services twice a day, WiFi, newspapers, coffee and tea in the lobby, use of umbrellas and even a shoeshine. If you don’t feel like leaving the luxury of your room, the hotel offers 24-hour in-room dining.
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls
If you’re looking for a luxury pool experience in Niagara Falls, the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel Niagara Falls is right up your alley. The indoor pool on the 14th floor comes complete with views of the American and Horseshoe Falls, as well as complimentary towels, lounge chairs and access to a charming shaded gazebo. If you’re a true sun worshipper, you’ll want to head to the hotel’s Fallsview rooftop outdoor swimming pool, which provides even more spectacular views of both the U.S. and Canadian falls. You won’t have to fight for elbow room down on the Niagara Parkway sidewalk as you’ll enjoy the best view of the falls while dipping your toes in the pool of this four-star hotel.
Enjoy the outdoor pool from Victoria Day to Canadian Thanksgiving from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. You won’t have to go far if you need refreshments – the hotel’s adjacent rooftop pool bar serves thirst-quenching drinks. If you can pull yourself away from the pool, you’ll find that you are within a few minutes walk of popular Niagara Falls attractions including Casino Niagara with its 1,700 slot machines, Blackjack tables, poker games and sports betting, as well as Hornblower Niagara Cruises, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, and the Niagara SkyWheel.
The Prince George Hotel, Halifax
The gorgeous indoor heated swimming pool at the Prince George Hotel Halifax features skylights and a huge half round window overlooking downtown Halifax. After your swim, you can relax in the whirlpool and sauna or head to the fitness centre for a workout on the treadmills, spinning bikes and elliptical machines. You’ll sleep well in this four-star hotel on pillow-top mattresses with sumptuous duvets. Recently renovated rooms feature a 43” LCD HDTV, high-speed Internet, fridge, Keurig coffee maker and two telephones with voicemail. The hearty breakfast buffet includes eggs cooked-to-order, pastries and delicious smoked salmon.
Later on, be sure to try The Darwin, a grapefruit-Elderflower-gin concoction at the hotel’s LevelBar. If it’s warm out, you’ll want to take your cocktail out on to the attached patio. Since the hotel is located in the heart of downtown Halifax, you’ll be within walking distance of must-see tourist destinations including the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Casino Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Harbourside Market. The hotel offers one of the better pet policies which allows pets to stay for $25 for the length of your hotel visit. Your fur baby will receive their own fleece blanket, food/water bowl and waste bags while at the Prince George Hotel.