Cool Off at Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool

Sunnyside Gus Ryder Pool
Sunnyside Pool, Toronto

The Toronto summer of 2019 will hopefully not be as scorching as previous years, but on those hot days, one place you can head to is the massive outdoor Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Pool. Toronto’s largest outdoor pool, located at Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Parkside Dr. and right next to Sunnyside Pavilion, has a scenic view of Lake Ontario and is in the heart of Sunnyside Beach. The pool opens on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Pool closes on Monday, September 2, 2019. Below are Sunnyside Outdoor Pool hours:

Sat., June 15, 2019 to Sun., June 16, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mon., June 17, 2019 to Fri., June 21, 2019 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mon., June 24, 2019 to Thurs., June 27, 2019 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat., June 22, 2019 to Sun., June 23, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri., June 28, 2019 to Sun., Sept. 1, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 2, 2019 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours are usually extended to around 11 p.m. during heat waves, but it’s best to call first.

Toronto’s largest public outdoor swimming pool, located at Lake Shore Boulevard West and Parkside Drive, overlooks Lake Ontario. This outdoor swimming pool has a large kiddie section with steps and a handrail to gradually walk in and an equally large mid-depth and deep end area. There are two designated swim lanes that are open during all swim hours. There are at least six lifeguards on duty. Lockers are 25 cents (quarters only) and require a quarter each time you secure them. Pool staff will not provide quarters.

Sunnyside Gus Ryder Pool
Sunnyside Pool, Toronto

For those who want to get their laps in, there are two designated continuous width swim lanes that are open during all swim hours.  You can bring towels, flip flops, water wings, plastic water bottles (no food), sunglasses, sun hats, suntan lotion and books onto the sundeck. No bags are allowed on deck.

There are two metered parking lots within five minutes’ walking distance of Sunnyside Pool that are free until 4 p.m. on weekdays; weekends require a parking fee.

Sunnyside Beach, Toronto
Sunnyside Beach, Toronto
Sunnyside Pavillion Cafe
Sunnyside Cafe

Once you’re finished swimming, you can head on over to Sunnyside Beach and watch beach volleyball or simply enjoy the view of the boats on the lake. If you’re hungry after your swim, there is a burger stand several metres from the entrance to Sunnyside Pool or you can visit the Sunnyside Pavilion Cafe (416-531-2233), which is at the south end of the pavilion, facing the lake. This casual and affordable restaurant serves gourmet pizza, burgers, sandwiches and salads and has a magnificent patio on Sunnyside Beach, just steps from the water.

Sunnyside-Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, Lake Shore Blvd. W. at Parkside Dr., 416-392-7929


  1. What are the pool rules, ie no bags right , this should be posted on the site. Why would you allow people to travel down there to be surprised and or up set as to what they can bring into the pool.

  2. Have been searching for far more information on Sunnysuide Pool – namely rules and regulations. Would certainly like to bring the children here but need a whole lot more information than what is provided anywhere….very behind in times as far as on-line information.

    Can the children bring any water toys into pool…can you bring a cooler with drinks etc.

    Cost – etc. etc. Very poor information indeed.

    • Hi Barbara, Thanks for your comment. I’ve updated my article to advise what items you can bring into the pool area. Cheers, Lori

  3. dear sir/madam good morning /afternoon , yesterday 16 -july-2012 at 18;00 i was at Sunnyside out door pool and i whent to the deep area and i became very wary while swimming due to the large amount of people , yesterday while swimming i was almoas t Drowning in the deep area because i was tired and confuse so many people there , there were so many life guard there but there were not focusing , there were about six life guard sitting on a bench and were chatting and only one life guard were at the deep area and were not on the aleart at the deep area . MY SUGGESTION IS THAT THE LIFE GUARDS HAVE TO BE MORE ON THE ALEART AND SHOULD HAVE 2 LIFE GUARD ON THE DEEP AREA BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY LITTLE KIDS THERE AT THE DEEP AREA , THANKS TO ONE GUY WHO WERE SITTING AT THE END OF THE POOL who RESQUE me

    • Hi Stephen, Thank you for advising me of this situation at Sunnyside Pool. I have forwarded your comment to the City of Toronto ( for their attention. Lori

  4. Thank you for this article! There was no useful information on the parks and rec site at all and it was really hard to figure out where to look for the pool hours (I’ve had at least 3 people swear to me that they are not there) you just need to know where to click because it is not labelled. If it hadn’t been for finding this article I would not have known what to expect at the pool.

    • Thanks Christine. I know sometimes it’s difficult to find info on the City of Toronto website. I hope you enjoy Sunnyside pool! Cheers, Lori

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