Montreal is a winter city, which means that finding the best pools in the city can prove tricky for visitors. Our selection of hotel pools, Olympic-style installations and rooftop bars provide swimmers with the best that Montreal has to offer.
The Olympics of 1976 may be fading in memory, but the legacy of fine Olympic installations remains. Canadian Olympians come here to train, but it’s also a public installation open to everyone. This is a place mainly for exercise and the training facilities are world-class.
This luxurious downtown rooftop pool offers something that no other place in Montreal can offer: a pool that’s open year-round and heated in winter. There is a beautiful rooftop garden to bring some green to the urban jungle.
Le Square Phillips
The hotel Square Phillips – located on the square of the same name – has a small and pretty rooftop pool that’s protected of the elements thanks to a sundeck. This means that you can swim while staring at the falling snowflakes during the long months of winter!
This one is for everyone – athletes, children, parents and divers. The giant aquatic complex includes three different sections and hosts a wealth of activities during the summer months. There are dedicated swimming lanes for swimmers in training and kids can enjoy inflatable games on Saturdays!
The pool at the Ritz is always something to look forward to, and Montreal’s is no exception. Enjoy the indoor rooftop pool and take in the gorgeous view of the city’s skyline, ensconced in the authentic Ritz ambiance.
Hôtel le Crystal
It doesn’t get more “downtown” than the Crystal. Not only does the Crystal offer a beautiful indoor rooftop pool with a great view of the city and an awesome sunset, it also has a Jacuzzi setup just outside of the indoor pool area.
The indoor pool at the Westin is a bit of a different trip: the bottom of the pool is made of glass, and people who walk past the entrance of the hotel – outside on the street! – can look up and see the feet of the people who are in the pool. There are three different pools at the Westin, so swimmers can enjoy three different experiences at once.
Closing with another facility focused on athletic endeavor, the pool at the Cepsum, Université de Montréal’s sports complex, is a great place to put in the laps and make progress on your stroke.
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