Water Fun


Second Beach Pool and Variety Kids Water Park

Children love splashing around in the pool when the weather’s warm, and Stanley Park is happy to oblige. Beyond the beach options, the park offers a large outdoor pool and a super-fun water park.

The Second Beach Pool is right on the beach, and has the advantage of being heated. Can you say the best of both worlds? There is a water slide and other interesting features for the kids and a lap lane for a little exercise for mom or dad. The pool was built in 1995 to replace draw-and-fill oceanside pools that would use the currents to take in salt water once a week. The new pool is fresh water and is open from Victoria Day (the Monday on or just before May 24) through Labour Day (the first Monday in September) for a small admission price.

When play is the primary goal, the Variety Kids Water Park is the answer. It is Vancouver’s largest outdoor water park of its kind — think giant water guns mounted to the ground. There are water geysers and water canyons throughout, so be ready to get soaked — perhaps when you least expect it. The pools are ankle deep and include various features to make the park accessible for kids of all ages and perhaps parents who just wanna have a good time. Variety Kids is located at Lumberman’s Arch and is open from May through Labour Day.

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