Wilson outdoor pool features a large shallow end for families and guests of all ages.

Wilson outdoor pool is closed for the season.

On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Contact information
  3. Hours
  4. Parking and transit
  5. Swimming lessons
  6. Single-visit swims
  7. Pool guidelines
  8. Weather policy
  9. In the neighbourhood

COVID-19 updates

Select indoor pools are open

The Region of Waterloo is in Step 3 of the Province’s Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health restrictions.  

All visitors and staff will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone over 18 who will be responsible for ensuring physical distancing for members of their group.

Proof of vaccination

Individuals entering a City of Kitchener recreation facility or community centre must show proof of vaccination via a paper or electronic copy of their vaccine record as well as identification. Some exceptions apply. Learn more.

You can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal.

Before you visit a pool

When you arrive at the pool

  • Be prepared to show proof that you have completed the screening on your phone or other device
  • Wear a face covering and maintain your physical distance while in line and in the facility

Visit our COVID-19 updates page to learn what's open and closed as well as how city services are affected.


Contact information

Address: 78 Wilson Avenue

Phone number: 519-741-2200, ext. 3479


Hours

Wilson outdoor pool is closed for the season.


Parking and transit

Free parking is available off Wilson Avenue.

Grand River Transit (GRT) route 28 stops on Wilson Avenue. Plan your route with GRT’s trip planner.

GRT no longer offers paper bus tickets. Fare payment information is available on their website.

Bike racks are available at Wilson outdoor pool.


Swimming lessons

Registration for swimming lessons in 2021 is now open.

Register online

Due to COVID-19, we've made these changes to our Learn to Swim lessons:

  • one caregiver per student must be in the water for all lessons, level A to H
  • the support person must be comfortable in the water and able to join in the lesson
  • level B to H and levels 1 to 3 will be combined into 45-minute lessons
  • children in levels I through N can attend lessons on their own

The maximum number of students will depend on the space available to make sure the instructor, students and caregivers can maintain their physical distance.

Register for swimming lessons or other programs on ActiveNet. Family swims are also available.


Single-visit swims

Wilson outdoor pool is closed for the season. Subscribe to this page to get an email when we add single-visit swim information for summer 2022.


Pool guidelines

Open the accordions below to learn about our pool guidelines.

Age requirements

Anyone under the age of 18 visiting a City of Kitchener pool must be accompanied by an adult.

  • 0-6 years: must be within 1 arm's reach of someone 12 years or older at all times, including if swim test has been passed (2:1 ratio)
  • 7-9 years: may swim alone if they pass the swim test, if not they must be within 1 arm's reach of someone 12 years or older at all times (3:1 ratio)
  • 10+ years: may swim alone
  • 12+ years: may supervise other swimmers (see ratios above)
  • deep end swimmers: All swimmers must pass the swim test to enter the deep end. Swimmers of any age may be asked to complete the swim test at the discretion of the lifeguards.
Swim test 

To pass the swim test, swimmers must be able to comfortably perform a recognizable stroke on their front for a minimum of 15 meters with the ability to put their face in the water and take at least one (1) breath without putting their feet on the bottom of the pool.

Children ages 7-9 who successfully complete the test, or have completed Level H, will receive a Swim Test Card. Swim test cards must be presented prior to admission to a recreational swim.

Forgot your Swim Test Card? You will be required to complete another swim test.

Bathing suits

Public pools enforce a strict dress code to preserve the cleanliness of the pool water and keep attire family-friendly.

In order to accommodate all visitors and maintain safe programs, traditional swim wear is preferred where possible; however, the following criteria will be used by City staff when determining the appropriateness of attire for swimming:

  • Clothing is clean and brought to the pool for the sole purpose of swimming (one cannot wear their street clothes into the pool)
  • Proper swimwear material is defined as any material that’s specifically designed for the purposes of swimming. This includes spandex, polyester, nylon, and any similar material that’s non-absorbent. T-shirts with long sleeves and tights made of these materials may be worn into the pool if they are used specifically for swimming. These suits can be purchased at local bathing suit stores, sport stores or department stores
  • Undergarments may look similar to swimwear, but they do not serve the same function.
  • Thongs and transparent clothing are not permitted. Guests must wear swimwear that cover their private parts. Swimmers of all genders are required to wear an appropriate swimsuit bottom. 
  • The clothing must permit the individual to participate safely in the program. Every effort must be made to eliminate the risk of strangulation or being weighed down to the point of incapacitation.
  • Swimmers who are incontinent must wear snug fitting pants over a cotton diaper or suitable disposable swim pants or re-useable pool diaper. (example: Huggies Little Swimmers, Gabby's Pool Pant Diaper) Regular diapers are not permitted. Disposable swim diapers can be purchased at the front desk.
  • Aquatic staff will be accommodating to all patrons.

Weather policy

For your safety, we close the pool under these conditions:

  • heavy rainfall
  • lightning or thunder

If in doubt, give us a call 519-741-2200, ext. 3479 to see if we are open.


In the neighbourhood

Wilson pool is next to Kingsdale Community Centre, where there are programs available for the whole family, including:

  • dance lessons
  • piano lessons
  • yoga classes
  • book club
  • card clubs
  • summer camps

Learn more on our Kingsdale Community Centre page or register on ActiveNet.

Wilson Park has a splash pad, located at 78 Wilson Avenue.

Wilson Park also has four baseball diamonds and one sports field, which you can book for private use. Check our field conditions page to see if the diamonds are open.