It’s a bright and cold Saturday morning after a night of light snow. What a perfect day to hit the Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto.
My usual routine is a rigorous lap swim alone, but today will just be about enjoying the experience. Why the change? The prospect of relaxing in a large spa beside the 25-meter lanes of the main pool was enough to entice my swim-reluctant wife to join me.
Adding to the togetherness of the experience are the gender-neutral locker rooms and showers (trans-friendly) with glass walls exposed to the pool and adjoining street. The process of slipping into bathing suits is done in private cubicles.
Once on the deck, your first thought will be WOW… this space is spectacular! Clear skylights interspersed with slits of blue glass filter the soothing colour and flood the pool area with natural warmth and sparkle. The tall, angled ceiling is lined with cedar strips, which adds to the modern airiness.
I usually go during one of the few daily lane swims, but a Tarzan rope, water slide and diving board are open during leisure swims. Women preferring to swim out of the sight of men can visit when the interior views are obstructed by opaque window screens.
Enjoy this year-round urban oasis and don’t forget your towel and goggles.
What’s Spot On:
• Hypnotic dapple of sunlight on the pool floor as you swim
• Fresh air through sliding doors open in the Summer