Outdoor Pools and Splash Pads

Kids at a summer pool

Pool Locations and Schedule

2024 Schedule

Beat the heat by staying poolside this summer. Pack a picnic and spend the day enjoying the fun in the sun at one of our great outdoor pools.

Public Swimming is FREE.  

Adult Lane Swim (18+) F.H Leslie from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

$20 clip passes for 10 swims are available for purchase at MacBain Community Centre and Gale Arena.  Adult lane swims available at pools shown below. We will not be accepting money at the pools, you must pre-purchase you passes. MacBain swim pass users may use their current swim pass as well to access the lane swim.

Buy your passes HERE

Outdoor Swimming Lessons - Summer swimming lessons start the week of July 8, 2024

We are proud to offer the Lifesaving Society Swim for Life Program -  A complete learn-to-swim program from parents & Tot through to Leadership. Daily swimming lessons will be offered at FH Leslie and Lions Pool this summer.

For the full swim lesson schedule and to register for classes, visit Activenet. Swim lesson schedule will be posted in early June.

Swimming Lesson Registration 

 Online - Wednesday, June 19 at 6pm for NF residents

 In person - Wednesday, June 20 at 9:00am for NF residents (registration at MacBain Community Centre or Gale Centre)

 Non-resident - Thursday, June 21 at 9:00am for online and in person

Leadership Courses - Become a Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor

Bronze Star (optional, prerequisite: none) 

Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid (prerequisite: 13 years old or completed Bronze Star)

Bronze Cross (prerequisite: Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid)

National Lifeguard (prerequisite: 15 years old, Bronze Cross and Standard First Aid Award)

National Lifeguard Recertification (prerequisite: National Lifeguard Pool)

Lifesaving Society Swim for Life Instructor (prerequisite: 15 years old, Bronze Cross)

Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid with CPR-C (prerequisite: 13 years old)

Swim Squad @ Lions Pool

Swim squad is a team orientated introduction to competitive swimming program. It offers the opportunity to learn skills and improve fitness for youth. By belonging to a team, each person enjoys learning to swim faster by challenging themselves to improve personal best times. Swim squad is based upon the values of fair play and allows each swimmer an opportunity to contribute to their team. The program includes stroke and skill improvement and physical training. Participants should be able to efficiently swim one length of the pool.

Buck Hinsperger Pool, 3970 Welland St

Opening DateFriday, June 28th
Public Swim1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Closing DateSaturday, August 24th

F H Leslie Pool, 5250 Valley Way

Opening DateNow open with modified hours, until the regular schedule begins on Saturday, June 22. 
Swimming Lessons

10 a.m - 12 p.m, beginning on Saturday, June 22

Adult Lane Swim $12 p.m. - 1 p.m., beginning on Saturday, June 22
Public Swim

From June 18 to June 21, the pool will be open for open swim from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Beginning Saturday, June 22, open swim will resume at its regular schedule, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. During Heat Advisory days, the pool will remain open until 8 p.m.   

Closing DateMonday, September 2nd

Niagara Falls Lions Pool, 4981 Drummond Rd

Opening DateFriday, June 28th
Swimming Lessons5 p.m - 7 p.m
Public Swim

Mon-Fri - 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Sat/Sun - 1pm - 6pm

Closing DateSunday, August 25th

Prince Charles Pool - 6320 Arad St.

Opening DateFriday, June 28th
Certification Courses10am - 2pm
Public Swim2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Closing DateSunday, August 31st

E.E. Mitchelson Pool, 3800 Springdale Av

Mitchelson Pool is closed for the 2024 season due to outstanding repairs. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Kids playing in a splash pad in the summer

Splash Pads

2024 Season

City of Niagara Falls Splash Pads are open for the season through to September. 

Splash Pads are open daily from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm. 

Please note that the Splash Pads are unsupervised. 

Splash Pad Locations

  1. Chippawa Lions Park 3970 Welland St
  2. EE Mitchelson Park 3750 Springdale Ave
  3. FH Leslie Park 5250 Valley Way
  4. MacBain Community Centre 7150 Montrose Road
  5. Niagara Falls Lions Park 4981 Drummond Road
  6. Patrick Cummings Memorial Complex 8965 Willoughby Drive
  7. Prince Charles Park 6320 Arad St
Swimming lanes in a pool

Pool Admission Standards & Swim Test

Admission Standards

Admission Standards for public pools were developed by the Office of the Coroner of Ontario to assist lifeguards in maintaining adequate surveillance over the whereabouts and the activities of young bathers while they are within the pool enclosure.

The City of Niagara Falls would like to provide the most enjoyable Aquatic Experience for its swimmers.  To do this under the safest conditions, we have implemented the following Admission Standards that are based on recommendations from the Ontario Health Regulations, The Lifesaving Society and Niagara Public Health.

 To Help ensure your children have a safe and enjoyable swimming experience, we use colour-coded wristband procedures to identify swimmers. Please see the Lifeguard to obtain your wristband and complete your swim test. (Note these admission standards apply to the Outdoor Pools)

AgeWristband ColourSupervision RatioWhere they can go
6 years and underRed2 children: 1 adultShallow end of Pool while Supervised

7/8/9 years old 

Unable to Pass Swim test

Orange4 children: 1 adultShallow End of Pool while Supervised

7/8/9 years old

Passes Swim test

GreenNo Supervision NeededShallow and Deep End of Pool
10+ years oldNoneNo Supervision Needed*At lifeguard's discretion, may be asked to complete swim test before swimming in deep end

Swim Test

Jump Into Deep Water, Tread 1 minute, Swim 3 Widths of the Pool (2 Widths @ FH Leslie) continuously and comfortably (with face in the water).

Direct Supervision means in the water within arm's reach and able to render immediate assistance.

Swim Attire 

The City of Niagara Falls in consultation with the Public Health Department has identified appropriate bathing wear in order to meet the needs of bathers. 
When using the pool, all swimmers must:
- Change from street clothes to a swimsuit and/or clean clothing used for swimming only
- Swimmers may wear long-sleeved shirts or t-shirts, pants and/or traditional ethnic clothing. This clothing must permit individuals to participate safely in programs and be made of a swimming pool friendly material (no jeans, sweatpants, cotton or heavy clothing). Light Colour of clothing is preferred.
-Those who are not completely toilet trained must wear specialized swim diapers or tight-fitting rubber pants.
A family at a splash pad


Program receipts for tax returns, references, etc.

  1. Log in to your ActiveNet account
  2. Select My Account
  3. Select Account History
  4. Insert range of dates and Search.

What type of payments are accepted?

Mastercard or VISA. We are only accepting online payment this year.

Why am I getting the message my 'participant does not meet age requirement'?

  1. You are trying to register a participant that is too young or too old for a particular program. The age requirement for each program is noted in the description.
  2. Make sure you've selected your child's name under Name of Registrant. If it's not listed there, check your ActiveNet account set up and add their name(s) to your family, then complete your registration.

Family members were added, but are not showing up on the account

The names were not saved to the list. Once you have entered a new family member, select Continue (at the bottom of the screen) and when the second screen pops up, click Submit (if it doesn't pop-up check your browser settings for pop-up blockers). See the video below for a tutorial.

Program Cancellation

There was low or no registration. You will be notified and receive a full refund for any programs we have canceled.