Swimming and Swim Lessons

Enjoy swimming in Highlands East at public beaches and our outdoor pool. Information on swim lessons and pool hours we offer will be updated seasonally.

Cardiff Pool


The outdoor pool is located at 2 Balsam Street, Cardiff.


Take Hwy 118 to Monck Road. Proceed on Monck Road and turn left on to Sprucedale Street (just past the Community Centre) and then turn left on to Balsam Street (the only street on the left).  The Pool will be on your left.

2021 Cardiff Pool Schedule and Rules

The pool will be available for swimming, weather permitting, between July 12, 2021 and August 28, 2021 according to the schedule outlined below.

 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Open Swim
 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Open Swim
 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Adult Swim
 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Open Swim
Tuesday to Saturday
 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Open Swim
 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Adult Swim
 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Open Swim
 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Adult Swim
 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Open Swim

The pool will be closed all day on Saturday, August 14, 2021.

Pool schedule is subject to change. Schedule changes will be updated here and posted at the pool. Lack of available staff may cause unscheduled pool closures.

Swim Types

Open Swim

Open Swim is for families and individuals to enjoy recreational activities in the water. The pool is open to be used by all.

Adult Swim

Adult Swim is for those aged 18 years and older to relax, chat and complete their personal fitness program; these are quiet swims. Pool space includes areas for lane swimming and open swimming.


Aquafit is now available every Wednesday and Saturday during Adult Swimming between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.


The swimming schedule incorporates a half hour between each block of swimming that will be used for cleaning and sterilization while the pool area is unoccupied.


As part of our COVID-19 safety protocols, pool area occupancy will be capped at 24 people in total consisting of 2 staff and 16 swimmers during each block and up to 6 adults watching their children from the pool deck. 

Unattended Children

The pool program is not a babysitting service. Children using the pool must have a local contact in case of emergency.

Pool Rules

In order to ensure that everyone will be able to use the facilities and equipment with safety and pleasure, the following rules will be strictly enforced.

  1. The order of the lifeguard or supervisor on duty is to be obeyed promptly.
  2. Supervising personnel are not to be interfered with in the performance of their duties.
  3. Profane or obscene language is not to be used.
  4. Diving from the red or blue painted areas and running within the swimming pool enclosure is prohibited.
  5. Every person using the swimming pool must shower in the area provided before entering the pool.
  6. Bathing suits must be worn in the pool. Cut-offs, T-shirts, etc. are prohibited.
  7. A parent or guardian must be in the swimming pool with small children who are non-swimmers.
  8. Bicycles are to be parked in the bicycle area in an upright position.


The following procedures will be followed for those who fail to follow the rules:

  1. A warning by a lifeguard will be given for the first offence.
  2. After the second offence, the offender will be expelled from the pool by a lifeguard and will remain so expelled until Council decides that the offender may return.
  3. Any further violations could result in permanent expulsion from the pool and grounds.

Other policies and information

We expect parents to co-operate by impressing on your children the necessity of obeying the rules for their own safety and the well-being of all concerned.

Persons causing damage to buildings or equipment will be charged for the cost of repair or replacement.

Please take notice that the telephone at the pool is for outgoing emergency calls only. No incoming calls will be accepted.

If parents or guardians have any suggestions or complaints, please contact the Municipal Office at 705-448-2981.

2021 Pool Membership and Other Fees

Season memberships for the Cardiff Pool are available for residents and non-residents alike.

There will be no free replacement of lost memberships.

Season memberships are not available for purchase at the pool. See below for payment options.

Cardiff Pool Memberships
Membership Type*Fee

$35 per person

$110 per family (maximum of five)


$45 per person

$150 per family (maximum of five)


$25 per person

Non-member rate

$5 per person

*Members are provided with a badge to wear to the pool as proof of membership.

**Must qualify for Old Age Security benefits and be a resident of Highlands East.

Swimming Instruction Fees for Cardiff Pool
Registration TypeFee

$30 per person for two week session.


$50 per person for two week session.

All summer swim programs have been cancelled for the 2021 season. Learn more.

Swimming Instruction Fees for Public Beaches
Registration TypeFee
Residents and Non-residents

$30 per person for two week session.

All summer swim programs have been cancelled for the 2021 season. Learn more.

Payment Options

We offer online payments including e-Transfer and online banking. To view all the options that are available visit our Online Payments page.

Other payment options include cash, debit or cheque made payable to the Municipality of Highlands East and can be made at the Main Office in Wilberforce by appointment on Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

Please note that credit card payments cannot be made at the Municipal Office.

Public Beaches

You can enjoy swimming at public beaches on four lakes where water quality is tested regularly:

  • Gooderham Lake, 1085 Lakeshore Road, Gooderham
  • Wilbermere Lake, 1540 South Wilberforce Road, Wilberforce
  • Paudash Lake, 1117 North Bay Beach Road, Cardiff
  • Glamour Lake, 2293 Glamor Lake Road, Gooderham

Swim Lessons

Summer swim programs cancelled

All summer swim programs have been cancelled for the 2021 season.

Learn more.

The Municipality of Highlands East offers Red Cross swimming lessons and Preschool lessons for Parents & Tots. Class sizes are limited so register early.

Session dates

Session dates for Cardiff Pool, Wilbermere Beach and Gooderham Lake Beach swimming lessons for the upcoming season will be posted when available. For swim lesson information contact the municipal office at 705-448-2981.

Class times

Specific class times are dependent on registration numbers.  This information will be posted at a later date.


When available, you can download the registration form for Cardiff Pool, Gooderham Lake Beach, or Wilbermere Beach.

Online registration paperwork must be forwarded by fax, email, or hand delivered to the Main Office in Wilberforce.  Please include your payment ID details on the registration form.