A heat warning is in effect and these Metro Vancouver cities have opened cooling centres
With a heat warning in effect several cities in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley have opened up dedicated indoor cooling centres and outdoor cooling stations. We've compiled a list of what's available and where.
The cities that are not on this list either do not have dedicated cooling centres or have not yet activated them. All are reminding residents who need to cool off that they are welcome to do so in air-conditioned civic facilities like libraries and community centres, or by visiting pools and spray parks. Most of these municipalities did open cooling centres with extended hours, seating, water, and staff on site during the 2021 heat dome when the region was under an extreme heat alert and have put plans in place to do the same if the region sees similarly sweltering conditions.
The city's four cooling centres are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily:
- Cameron Community Centre at 9523 Cameron St.
- Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool and Fitness Centre at 240 Willingdon Ave.
- Bonsor Recreation Complex at 6550 Bonsor Ave.
- Edmonds Community Centre at 7433 Edmonds St.
In addition, outdoor cooling stations are being operated by the Society to End Homelessness. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. They provide water, washroom facilities, shade seating, and free wi-fi. This is where they are:
- Civic Square at Central Boulevard and McKay Avenue, outside Bob Prittie Metrotown Library
- Kensington Park at the corner of Frances Street and Fell Avenue
Two coolling centres have been opened, with the city sayig if the heat warning remains in place past Friday operation wil be extended through the weekend..
- Evergreen Hall at 9291 Corbould St. (Slesse Room) will be open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
- Sardis Sports Complex at 5725 Tyson Rd. (Lobby of Sheet #3) will also open at 8 a.m. It will stay open until 4 p.m. Monday, with hours exptended to 8 p.m. for the rest of the week hours
A pet-friendly misting station has also been set up at Tourism Chilliwack’s welcome centre which is located at 44150 Luckakuck Way.
Four misting stations will run this week from 1 – 9 p.m. at the following locations:
- Spirit Square (off Burlington Drive, opposite Coquitlam City Hall)
- Mundy Park (off Hillcrest Street, between the playground and picnic shelters)
- Town Centre Park (TD Community Plaza area and by the Percy Perry Stadium)
Last time a heat warning was in place, the City and Township published a list of facilities in their jurisdictions.
Hors have been extended at three air-conditioned civic facilities.
Misting stations have been set up at locations throughout the city:
- Waterfront Park
- Moodyville Park
- Civic Plaza
- Mahon Park
- Victoria Park
- Ray Perrault Park
The city has created a map that shows where to find outdoor misting stations, covered outdoor areas, water fountains, and air-conditioned civic facilities.
The city's community centres are open to people during regular business hours. A list can be found online which includes information on which locations also welcome pets.
Outdoor cooling stations operated by non-profits have been set up. Most feature a misting tent, water, and other heat response supplies.
- Gateway Shelter at 10677 135A St. is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Safepoint at 2-10681 135A St. is open from 1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Bill Reid Place at 17752 Colebrook Pl. is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Hyland House Newton at 6595 King George Blvd. is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- North Surrey Emergency Response Centre at 10275 City Pkwy is open from 11 a.m – 7 p.m.
Cooling centres are available throughout the city. The hours vary according to facility but are extended beyond normal operating hours while the heat warning is in place.
- Britannia Community Centre at 1661 Napier St.
- Carnegie Community Centre at 401 Main St.
- Champlain Heights Community Centre at 3350 Maquinna Dr.
- Coal Harbour Community Centre at 480 Broughton St.
- Evelyne Saller Centre at 320 Alexander St.
- Gathering Place at 609 Helmcken St.
- Hillcrest Centre at 4575 Clancy Loranger Way
- Kensington Community Centre at 5175 Dumfries St.
- Kerrisdale Community Centre at 5851 West Blvd.
- Killarney Community Centre at 6260 Killarney St.
- Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre at 990 W 59th Ave.
- Mount Pleasant Community Centre at 1 Kingsway
- RayCam Community Centre at 920 E. Hastings St.
- Roundhouse Community Centre at 181 Roundhouse Mews
- Sunset Community Centre at 6810 Main St.
- Thunderbird Community Centre at 2311 Cassiar St.
A map shows cooling centres, misting stations, spray parks, wading pools, and "weather-protected plazas."
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