Pooch Plunge


Municipal Office

395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

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image of dogs playing in the gorman pool

Pooch plunge is the one weekend each year that our Gorman Outdoor Pool is available for a dog swim during New'bark'et before the pool closes down for the winter. It is a shallow wading entry pool with a small deep end for those dogs that like to jump in. The pool enclosure is an off-leash area and is fully fenced in. 

The chlorine levels are kept at the minimal level required for public health. There will be a hose available on the pool deck to rinse your dog BEFORE and AFTER going in the water. 

Cost: $5/dog 

Please note that only fully vaccinated dogs are permitted (no puppies under 4 months old permitted for this reason). 
Starting next year, 2020, we will be requiring proof of current vaccinations at the time of admission. 


  • Handlers must be responsible for their dogs at all time
  • Only dogs in the water; no humans
  • Handler must be inside pool enclosure at all times with their dog
  • Dogs must be accompanied by a person of at least 16 years of age or older
  • Children under the age of 12 years must be supervised by an adult at all times
  • If a dog begins acting aggressively towards others (both people and other dogs), it must be leashed immediately and removed from the pool enclosure.
  • Please stoop and scoop if necessary and dispose of any excrement in the containers provided. A rest station is provided this year with cleaning supplies. 


  • To avoid accidents on the pool deck and in the pool, please engage your dog in a high energy activity before entering the Pooch Plunge. There is an off-leash dog area available for this. 
  • Please close doors behind you when entering/exiting the pool enclosure to avoid dogs escaping. 

Proceeds support CARE 

Did you know that all proceeds for the Pooch Plunge go to the Creating Accessible Recreation for Everyone (CARE) Fund? CARE offers financial assistance to residents of all ages on any Town of Newmarket Recreation & Culture registered program. The objective of this program is to offer increased opportunities to those who may require financial assistance that would not otherwise be able to participate in recreation.

Health and Safety Risks for Dogs and Humans

Please note the risks associated with dog swims.We take every precaution to ensure the safety of all attendees however there are always associated risks. 
 All participants at Pooch Plunge use the pool at their own risk. 

Information provided by York Region Public Health: 

Parasites (Dog to Human)

  1. Canine parasites such as Campylobacter, Salmonella, Cryptosporidium and Giardia (highly chlorine resistant), hookworm, tapeworm, and, roundworm can be transmitted to humans.
  2. External parasites such as ticks, fleas, ringworm (a contagious fungal skin disease), sarcoptic mange (mite that does not reproduce on humans, but will cause a temporary red, itchy rash) can be transmitted to humans. 
  3. Other rare zoonoses from dogs include Brucella canis, Leptospiropsis, rabies (all three are inactivated quickly by adequaetly chlorinated pool water

Parasites (Dog to Dog)

  1. Interspecies diseases include canine distemper, canine hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, coronavirus, adenovirus, and, kennel cough (all susceptible to properly chlorinated water). Dog to dog contact can transmit these infections and may contaminate the out of pool environment). 
  1. Drowning, scratch-inflicted wounds, collisions, and bites (nips) may occur between dogs or dog to person.
  2. Panicked dogs may be prone to aggressive tendencies. Aggressive dogs may inflict wounds on humans or other dogs.  


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