Port Hole Pool

The Port Hole Pool will be opening for the season on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Please read the COVID-19 information carefully before attending any programs.

COVID-19 Information

 General Information
  •  Swimmers will be required to complete a self-assessment and check-in upon arrival.
  • Swimmers must "pre-book" their swim prior to coming to the pool. You can pre-book by calling (807) 229-9943.
  • Lane swims and aqua fit programs will be allowed a maximum of 20 people. Public swims will be a maximum of 40.
  • Swimmers must “come prepared” to minimize traffic. Shower at home and wear your bathing suit to the pool.
  • Masks must be worn upon entering the building and must be worn until entering the pool deck.
  • Swimmers will be able enter the pool lobby 2-3 minutes before the swim. We ask you to come as close to the beginning of the program as possible and check in at the cashier office.
  • Lockers will not be available.
  • All movement on the pool deck will be in a clockwise direction.
  • Swimmers will enter the lobby and proceed to the pool deck from behind the guard desk. Swimmers will follow the arrows in a clockwise formation and proceed to the bins to store their personal belongings.
  • When finished the swim, swimmers will enter their respective changeroom. Swimmers will have 10 minutes to exit the changeroom and lobby.
  • We encourage members of the same family to use the same changing stall, to prevent sharing of stalls among different families.
  • Change and leave the changeroom quickly after your program. Showers will not be available for use.
  • Pool patrons will exit the building via the back door.
  • Washrooms are available if needed, but swimmers are encouraged to use washrooms at home before and after programs if possible.
  • Viewing room & sauna are closed.

*The Town of Marathon reserves the right to deny entry to anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or appears to be ill.

  • Lifejackets and toys will not be available for use.
  • Aqua fit/Aqua jog equipment will be sanitized by the instructor after each use.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ'S)

Is it safe to swim in a public pool?
The CDC states there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of recreational waters. Follow safe swimming practices along with social distancing and everyday preventative actions to protect yourself.
What will happen with my membership?
All pool, fitness and dual memberships will be reinstated on the opening day of the pool. Any missed time due to the pandemic closure will be added onto the end of your membership.
I’m not comfortable returning just yet, can I keep my membership on hold?
The short answer is no. As for the Town’s policy regarding refunds on recreational fees (CS0001) the Town is providing the program/service and therefore a refund or extension is not permissible. If you are unable to attend due to medical reasons and can provide proof in the form of a doctor’s note, a pro-rated refund for the remaining time on the membership will be issued.
Do I have to wear a mask?
As per the TBDHU directive masks or face coverings must be worn in all enclosed public spaces in the Thunder Bay District. Masks are required when entering the building and must be worn until accessing the pool deck. 
Will there be changerooms or showers?
Changerooms will not be available upon entering the pool. Patrons will be required to “come prepared” with a pre-swim shower taken at home and dressed in their swimsuit. Patrons will enter the pool deck from the lobby and proceed to the bin station to store their personal belongings during their swim. At the end of the program the changerooms will be available for patrons to change out of their wet attire, showers will not be available.
Do I have to pre-register before coming to the pool?
Yes – there will be no drop-in for swimming. All patrons must pre-register for swims and fitness programs by calling (807) 229-9943. Only 20 patrons will be permitted for fitness classes and lane swims, while 40 patrons will be permitted for public swims. Those who register and do not show may face a penalty of suspension.
What do I do when I arrive?
Upon arrival to the recreation center, you will enter the front doors of the lobby and follow the directions to the cashier office. You will check in for your swim program and proceed to the pool lobby doors where you will wait for the pool attendant to let you in. Floor stickers, wall signage and crowd control posts are located throughout the building to assist with traffic flow.


If you're interested in affordable fitness and recreation, the Port Hole Pool has what you are looking for. Our indoor pool has five (5) lanes, is 25 metres (82 feet) in length, with a maximum depth of 3.2 metres (10.5 feet).

A diving board, flutter boards, floatation aids and toys for the kids all help to make this a great family experience. Children between the ages of six (7) and ten (10) may swim unaccompanied by an adult or older sibling provided they have passed the Port Hole Pool admission swim test – our friendly and professional lifeguards will be happy to assess your child. Lessons run throughout the year from the very youngest toddlers to adult swim lessons including lifesaving courses.

The Port Hole Pool is the home of the Silver Pikes, a swim club sanctioned by Swimming Canada.

A portable aquatic lift is available for anyone who may need assistance to access the pool. The lift has a capacity of 136 kilograms (300 pounds) and can be moved around on deck to allow access at more than one location. The seat is deep enough to provide stability and has no edge which allows for smoother transfers.

Change rooms are equipped with showers, lockers and hair dryers. Bathing caps and goggles are available for sale at the cashier's desk.

Relax in our therapeutic hot pool and sauna or join us for one of our many programs or rent the pool and viewing room for your own family or workplace gathering. See you at the Port Hole Pool!

For swimming programs and schedules visit our Swimming Programs page or for more information on lifeguard training and programs visit our Lifeguarding page!

Contact us to learn more.


*Annual Pool Maintenance shutdown will be June 22 to September 8

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