University of Toronto Athletic Centre

Toronto - Toronto and East York, ON, CANADA

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Facility Overview

Facility Name
University of Toronto Athletic Centre
Address
55 Harbord Street, Toronto
Toronto - Toronto and East York, ON M5S 2W6
CANADA
Telephone
(416) 978-3436 for general inquiries, 978-3437 for recorded information

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Drop-in/Casual
CAD 18.00, plus tax. [June, 2015]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
50m, 8 lanes, 2.3m - 4.2m depth, usually configured as two 25m, 8 lane tanks, indoors, 80º - 81ºF (27ºC)
Pool 2
25y, 6 lanes, 1.4m - 3.8m depth, indoors, 84ºF (29ºC)
Diving
Two 1m and two 3m boards; 3m and 5m platforms.

Location

County/Region
Toronto Municipality
GPS
43.663062, -79.401573

Teams That Use This Facility

Masters Swim
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Masters Swim
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Youth Swim
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Water Polo
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Diving
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Synchro Swim
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Facility Notes

NOTE: Use of the facility is restricted to those 18 years of age and older.
As with athletic facilities at many academic institutions, the pools will often be closed during school breaks, so calling ahead is especially worthwhile.

Facility Reviews

People in the 50m pool tend to be more aggressive and better swimmers. Those who use the 25y Benson pool tend to be weaker swimmers. The pools can be busy, but evening swims tend to be quieter. The shower facilities are not fancy at all but clean.
The pools are mostly crowded, especially with people swimming too slowly for the speed of lane they're chosen; and the locker room bathrooms are not clean by any standard I feel comfortable with. And don't get me started on the field house.
The facility has two sets of change rooms: one for facility members that gives access to the steam room and lockers for rent; the other is used for programs that rent the pool facility and is more basic.
[July, 2014]
Given that all public pools in Toronto are closed every September for maintenance, this is an especially good September option for out-of-towners. The 25 meter Benson pool is very nice and deep, and the 50m is a professional racing pool with eight, great lanes. Both pools have an odd regulation requiring swimmers in adjacent lanes to swim in opposite directions; the lanes are set up for alternating clockwise and counter-clockwise circle swimming. It takes a little getting used to.

The pools have a complicated schedule you need to check to figure out which pool you can swim in. You can see it on a PDF page linked to the Drop-in Program Schedules page on the university's website. There are lots of lockers, so bring a lock.

I was able to get a week pass with towel service for just under $60 CDN, which was great for swims.
[September, 2015]