Like moths to a flame, bathing-suit clad bodies flock to the Kitsilano Pool as soon as the summer sun starts to shine. It’s a bright blue beacon of warm weather recreation at one of the city’s most popular beaches.
In 1931, Percy Norman looked out from the rocks of Lighthouse Park across to Kitsilano and decided he had to swim across. No one knows if he had attempted the route before, but that year he led 40 intrepid swimmers across the chilly waters to commemorate the opening of the original Kitsilano Pool. All made it. [Vancouver Open Water Swim Association]
Over the years the pool has hosted stunts, fire drill displays, Olympic trials, and the long-running Kitsilano Showboat. Set up along the south side of the pool, the showboat – now in its 75th year – hosts free entertainment (weather permitting) with performances running until August 17th this year.
The Kitsilano Pool swim schedule usually runs from Victoria Day until the second week of September.
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