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Sustainable landscape design: Natural Swimming Pools

Natural swimming pools in Ontario, having become tremendously popular in Europe over the past 20 years or so, are just starting to catch on here. So what exactly, you ask,  is a natural swimming pool?

Natural swimming pools are filtered by plants, aeration, and beneficial bacteria, rather than using chlorine or salt as a sterilizing agent.  Avoiding these chemicals has many health and environmental benefits, while the design of natural swimming pools, which can be made to look like a completely natural pond or water feature, allows for the creation of a landscape feature that conventional pools simply can’t compare with.

What is a Natural Swimming Pool?

Here are a couple great videos from the UK explaining the ins and outs of natural swimming pools.


Feel free to contact us for more information on the emerging trend of natural swimming pools throughout the Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, St. George, Brant County, Stratford, St. Mary’s and Woodstock areas of southern Ontario.


  1. Natalee Caple on June 16, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    We are purchasing a home with a traditional swimming pool and I wondered what the cost of converting it (it can look the same) into a natural pool would be and if it is true that you can skate on it in the winter?

    • Shannon on June 28, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Looks as though you are from the Calgary area (email address?) so can’t really quote accordingly. Can tell you though that yes you can convert them and cost can be relatively affordable:) As far as skating on it in the winter, why not? Best of luck to you

  2. Lori Parsons on July 30, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Hello, we live in Mansfield Ontario and we would love to have a swimming pond in our backyard. Do you know anyone in the area who will install one or at least guide is to doing it ourselves? Please advise.

  3. Mary Hunt on October 13, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I live in Southern Ontario. When building a natural swimming pond should the dividing wall be dry stacked or should I use foam between the blocks?

    • Derek Lippert on November 23, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Mary – if using stone for the dividing wall it could be drystacked, but should be granite material, not limestone.

  4. Dee on February 12, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I live in London Ontario we would like to convert our regular pool to a natural pool. Do you know a company in the area? Or could we do it ourselves? If so where should we look for information?

    • Derek Lippert on February 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      We are not currently doing swimming pool conversions, sorry. There should be a lot of info online. Try searching ‘organic pools david pagan butler’


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