IN response to the heat warning issued by Environment Canada for this week, cooling centres are now open in Vancouver’s air-conditioned community centres and public libraries as part of the City of Vancouver’s Level 1 heat response plan.
Where to keep cool in Vancouver
Residents can find cooling centre locations and hours on the City’s website.
Residents who are out and about can hydrate at over 200 water fountains across Vancouver, or cool down using temporary misting stations, spray parks, wading parks and swimming pools.
During the heat warning, staff at the following cooling centres will do their best to accommodate pets that are on leash and demonstrate good behaviour. Owners should come prepared with waste bags and water bowls:
- Britannia Community Centre
- Hillcrest Centre
- Kerrisdale Community Centre
- Killarney Community Centre
- Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre
- Mount Pleasant Community Centre
- Ray-Cam Community Centre
- Roundhouse Community Centre
- West End Community Centre
Pets can be also brought to an off-leash park with water access:
- Sunset Beach Park
- Hadden Park
- Spanish Banks Beach Park
- John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park
- New Brighton Park
Level 1 heat response actions
The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation are also implementing other actions that are part of the City’s Level 1 heat response plan. These include:
- Monitoring outdoor spaces for people suffering from heat-related illness
- Implementing a hot weather support plan for tenants in the City’s non-market housing (including wellness checks, providing bottled water and fans)
- Providing heat safety information to community partners and SROs, requesting additional checks and supports for one another
The City encourages people to prepare for periods of heat by keeping cool, staying hydrated, and staying informed by checking weather updates and using information on the City website and social media channels to stay safe in extreme heat.
Looking out for people vulnerable to heat
It is also important to look out for and support friends, family and neighbours who may be especially vulnerable:
- Older adults, especially those living alone, and children younger than five years old
- People with pre-existing illnesses or taking certain medications
- People who are isolated or experiencing homelessness
- Outdoor workers
- People with addictions who may be more likely to be dehydrated as a side effect of substance use
- Anyone who isn’t acclimatized to our weather
- Anyone left in a hot environment like a closed car, or in direct sun
Learn what to do if you or someone else have symptoms of heat-related illness, and when to seek medical care.
The City says it continues to work closely with Environment Canada and Vancouver Coastal Health to monitor forecasts, understand increased risks to health, and determine how best to support residents with services.
See more ways to stay safe in the heat and get information on heat-related illness from Vancouver Coastal Health.