There are plenty of ways to get splashing and splashing in Hamilton now that the city’s wet and wild facilities are all open.
With an ongoing heat warning and more summer conditions ahead, here are some swimming and splashing spots to cool off.
The city’s wet, wild and recently controversial amusement park is open.
Visitors can paddle down a lazy river, take a ride on one of the many waterslides, or dive into the wave pool at the 680 Van Wagners Beach Rd. facility.
The Hamilton Conservation Authority recently criticized its policy of weighing before visitors can ride the waterslides at Wild Waterworks. HCA director Bruce Harschnitz told The Spec that the conservation authority will review these security procedures to keep the park safe and also provide “the best possible experience for visitors”.
Wild Waterworks is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and the civic holiday. Daily admissions start at $30.31 for adults and children 11 and older and $19.47 for children 3-10.
For more information see wild-waterworks.com/.
Nine of the city’s 10 outdoor pools opened on June 30. The Parkdale Outdoor Pool is set to reopen on July 20 after nearly a year and a half of renovations.
Outdoor pools are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the city’s website for walk-in program times.
All ten pools are free during heat warnings.
Hamilton’s six wading pools – shallow water areas for children in city parks – are all open.
However, all wading pools except Dundas Driving Park are closed during heat warnings.
Find the complete list of outdoor swimming pools and paddling pools on hamilton.ca/recreation/outdoor-pools.
Most of the city spray pads are now open.
Hamilton has 69 of the splash spray zones in city parks. Of these, 67 are open.
Broughton Park East and Central Park spray areas are currently closed.
Find a complete list and map of open spray areas at hamilton.ca/recreation/spray-pads.
All but one of the 23 in the city community indoor pools are open. The Hill Park Leisure Center is closed for maintenance until August 14.
All open swims are free during heat events. Residents can find pool hours and registration information at hamilton.ca/swimming.
Seven public beaches in the Hamilton area are open for swimming. The only one that is closed is Bayfront Park Beach, which is not opening due to poor water quality.
The seven open beaches – Binbrook Conservation Area Beach, Christie Conservation Area Beach, Confederation Park Beach, Pier 4 Park Beach, Valens Conservation Area Beach and Van Wagner’s Beach – are tested regularly from late May to late August.
Find the most recent test results at hamilton.ca/beaches.