City recreation and culture facilities and programs have been temporarily closed as of end of day March 16, 2020 for an indefinite period as part of the City’s COVID-19 response

We have made the decision to cancel our Spring Session.  Credits have been applied to your account and can be used for future programming when our facilities re-open. 

Staff are proceeding to apply program registration credits for Spring programs being cancelled.  This credit can be used towards any City Recreational Programs in the future.  Clients wishing to request a refund instead of a credit to their account may call 625-2227 or 684-3323 on Tuesday April 28th , otherwise please leave a voicemail or email communityservices@thunderbay.ca with contact information only.  Please do not leave credit card information over voicemail or email- staff will get back to you.  Refunds may take 3-4 weeks to process. 

It is uncertain at this time when the facilities will be re-opened and programs resumed.  City Administration is committed to providing regular updates on status via the media, social media, and the City’s website. 

Memberships will automatically be extended for the lesser of the duration of the facility closure or remaining membership term as of March 17.  

Canada Games Complex

The Canada Games Complex offers an opportunity to participate in a variety of social, recreational, competitive, instructional and therapeutic activities. We operate a unique, accessible, multi-purpose community facility in a safe and enjoyable environment. The Complex is Thunder Bay's premier aquatic facility. For more information contact 807-684-3311.

We also have a flexible recreation swim schedule to accommodate community needs every day of the week. Take a look at the user policy for more information on swim types, age restrictions and other helpful information.

Sir Winston Churchill and Volunteer Pools

Churchill Community Pool and Volunteer Pool provide swimming opportunities for all ages. The City's Recreation & Culture Division operates these two indoor community-based swimming facilities in addition to the Canada Games Complex. These pools provide recreational public swims and structured swimming lessons. Every child deserves to learn how to swim, especially in a city surrounded by lakes! The best place to learn how to swim is in the water.

Swim programs

Read descriptions of the swim programs offered by the City at our pools. The current swimming lessons schedule can be found in the Key recreation guide. To register, contact the pool where the lessons will be held.

Outdoor pools

The City's outdoor swimming pools include Heath Park Pool and Art Widnall Pool. These pools offer public swimming and lessons, and are available for rental during their seasonal operations.

Beaches and splash pads

The City also has supervised swim areas at Boulevard Lake and Chippewa Park and has many splash pads around available around the city to help you cool off and have some water fun.

Other pools

  • Lakehead University Pool, call 807-343-8656
  • Hotel pools are located at various locations throughout the city
  • For more information, look under Swimming Pools - Public, in the Yellow Pages

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