Beat the Heat In Canada's Coolest Pools

Hotels.com shares the most sought after-spots for swimsuit-loving Canadians

TORONTO, July 18, 2013 /CNW/ - As temperatures continue to rise across Canada, it's no wonder everyone has 'pool' on their mind. Las Vegas may be known for its famous pool parties, but Canada has some pretty great spots too! Why not plan a vacation in your own backyard this summer? You can thank Hotels.com® for its recommendations later.

"When it's hot outside, there is nothing better than relaxing poolside or taking a dip in the cool water," says Taylor Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. "You don't need to travel to an exotic or expensive destination for an excuse to get in your swimsuit; there are great manmade and natural options all across the country - it's a great time to plan your staycation."

Canadian pools worth making a splash about:

Montreal:
Surrounded by nature's finest trees and greenery lies a secret pool near McGill Hospital only the locals (and a few others) know about. Bring a cooler of treats, a good book to read and get ready to learn about the city's latest gossip.

Where to stay? Located in downtown Montreal and less than a mile away from the secret pool, Hotel (10) is a four-star retreat. All you'll need to ask on this trip is "Où est la piscine?" aka "Where's the pool?"

Toronto:
An adults-only pool bar has Torontonians cancelling their cottage plans this summer. The Cabana Pool Bar combines the grandeur of Miami with unparalled views of Toronto's shoreline. With more than 40 oversized chaise loungers, 12 private cabanas and a 50,000 square foot patio, this hot spot is the perfect destination for scenesters looking to cool off.

Where to stay? The Westin Harbour Castle is as enchanting as it sounds. As its name suggests, it rests on the harbour and you'll only need to cruise down Lakeshore to reach your pool destination.

Vancouver:
It's a bit of a trek, but definitely worth it! Located within Vancouver's Lynn Canyon Park lays a hidden gem where you can become one with nature. This remote and beautiful 30-foot wading pool is home to crystal clear water and is Mother Nature's way of helping you refresh and recharge on a hot summer day.

Where to stay? Staying in North Vancouver is your best bet if you're looking to reach this destination quickly. The waterfront Lonsdale Quay Hotel is a great option and just under 15 minutes away!

Fairmont Hot Springs, BC:

The water might not be cold, but it's relaxing! Melt away your stress when you dip into Canada's largest natural, hot mineral pool. The natural heat from the Fairmont Hot Springs is reported to help increase metabolism, accelerate healing, soothe muscles and improve blood circulation.

Where to stay? Where else but Fairmont Hot Springs Resort! With a stay at this resort you're conveniently located on the grounds and you can pamper yourself all day and night.

But before you make a splash, remember safety first.

There are can be dangers to water play, so it's important to take precautions.  Remember these helpful tips before your next dip:

  1. If you don't know how to swim, stay in shallow waters.
  2. Never swim alone - particularly at night. Regardless of where you are, the buddy system saves lives.
  3. Do not swim under the influence.
  4. Do not swim during thunderstorms.
  5. And remember, flotation devices can be your best friend!

There's no better time for an impromptu pool vacation; reach for your smartphone to take advantage of our mobile-exclusive deals via our mobile booking app. You'll be poolside in no time - just don't forget your swimsuit!

Join in the conversation about the #bestpools on Twitter @hotelsdotcomca.

About Hotels.com®

Hotels.com (also known in Canada as Hotels.ca) is a leading online accommodation booking brand. Through the Expedia, Inc. global network of websites, Hotels.com, LP connects travellers with 205,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favourites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Hotels.com, LP benefits from one of the largest hotel contracting teams in the industry, obtaining the best rates for its customers, and offers frequent sales, special deals and promotions. There are more than 7 million Guest Reviews on the websites from users who have actually stayed in the hotels to ensure customers can make an informed choice when booking. Through Hotels.com, LP's industry-leading loyalty program Welcome RewardsTM, customers can earn a free night for every 10 nights stayed at more than 85,000 hotels. Under its Price Match Guarantee, if a customer can find the same deal for less on a prepaid hotel, Hotels.com, LP will refund the difference. Travellers can book online or by contacting one of the multilingual call centers. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded at www.hotels.com/deals/mobile_app/ enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals. Hotels.com publishes an award-winning twice-yearly review of international hotel room price trends called the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™, which is now produced in 31 individual country editions, with North American data available at www.hotel-price-index.com. Follow Hotels.com on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Hotels.comCA, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/hotelsdotcomca and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/hotelsdotcom. More Hotels.com news is available at: http://press.hotels.com/en-ca/.Hotels.com, LP is part of Expedia, Inc., the largest online travel company in the world with an extensive portfolio that includes some of the world's best-known brands.

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