THE CANADIAN AQUATIC LEISURE INDUSTRY
Swimming, as an organized recreational activity, has been on the scene for many millennia. The first pools designed specifically for swimming were built by the Romans.
Yet, swimming pools did not attain widespread popularity until the middle of the 19th century. By 1837, six indoor pools with diving boards had been erected in London, England. The advent of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, with the inclusion of swimming races, spurred greater interest.
In Canada during the roaring twenties, luxury hotels began to install glamorous swimming pools for the enjoyment of their guests. To this day it is possible to have the pleasure of swimming a few laps while appreciating the marvels of architecture and design of both the Chateau Laurier pool, built in 1928, and the Banff Springs Hotel pool, constructed in 1930.
However, it was only with the proliferation in demand for the construction of privately owned backyard outdoor pools in the 1950’s that the Canadian industry rose to prominence. This led to the formation of regional trade associations to represent the interests of those involved in the design, installation and service of swimming pools, hot tubs/spas, and water features.
Eventually these organizations joined forces and incorporated into one national body, presently known as the Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada. In 2009, the PHTCC celebrated its golden anniversary with the release of a commemorative CD.