You can now rent Airbnb style backyard pools in Montreal (PHOTOS)
There’s a new way to beat the heat in Montreal
A company called Swimply allows users to rent backyard pools by the hour for a private swimming experience. The website is an online marketplace similar to Airbnb where owners can list their pools for rent.
There are currently over 60 pools available on Swimply in the greater Montreal area with enticing names such as L’Oasis, Paradise, and Luc’s Pool & Grill.
Pool and grill for rent? What more could you want?
Prices per hour range from $ 25 to $ 70 an hour, and owners can set limits on the number of guests allowed to swim in the pool.
“Founder and CEO Bunim Laskin came up with the idea in New York City one summer after noticing a neighbor’s pool that was rarely used,” a company spokesperson told Daily Hive via email. “He rented their pool in exchange for help with pool maintenance.”
Laskin wanted to turn this informal arrangement into a business and started Swimply in 2018. He started it on Shark aquarium in 2020 but did not get a deal. However, the exhibit sparked interest in the company, and demand for private pool rentals skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the United States, Swimply has 250,000 users and more than 10,000 swimming pools available for rental. Pool prices are currently listed in USD on the site, but the company is working to update prices in CAD for Canadian users.
Some of the pools listed for Montreal offer other amenities like a barbecue (thanks, Luc), patio seating, private locker rooms, basketball courts, and hot tubs.
Hosts aren’t required to allow guests access to a bathroom, but around 85% of Swimply hosts currently do, according to the company. Guests who do not have a toilet available can only rent the pool for one hour at a time to a maximum of five people.
Swimply also operates Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg.