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Stay safe in the summer heat

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning with high temperatures expected in the region.

In additional to our regular services, we are opening additional facilities and extending hours in some locations to help protect health and safety.

Now open

Ross Park
7474 Ross St
Open Sunday June 26th 11:30am – 3:30pm

Renfrew Park
2929 East 22nd Ave
Open Sunday June 26th 11:30am – 3:30pm

What you need to know

When it's summer in Vancouver and the days get hotter, take steps to protect your health. Heat, especially extreme heat, can be harmful.

Check on others frequently to ensure they are safe, especially older adults, people with chronic illness, people living alone, and vulnerable neighbours.

Where to keep cool

Some community centres and most public library branches have air-conditioned spaces where you can cool down on a hot day.

These facilities become cooling centres when Environment Canada issues a heat warning or declares an extreme heat emergency. Cooling centres are available for everybody. You do not need to register, pay, or show identification to visit a cooling centre. Seating, water, and access to washrooms are available at these locations. 

You can also head to an air conditioned space in your community such as a shopping mall or neighbourhood organization.

Cooling centres at community centres 

Vancouver Public Library cooling centres

Misting stations

 Spray parks

Wading pools

Weather protected plazas

What we do to help you

During the summer season, regular services are available to residents to enjoy the hot weather. When hot weather becomes dangerous, we add services to help protect health and safety.

Heat-related illness

Hot weather, especially prolonged heat or extreme heat, can cause heat illness. Symptoms of heat illness can range from mild to severe and occur when your body is unable to cool itself. 

Check on others during hot weather

Check on vulnerable neighbours and older adults multiple times in a day, especially in the evening. More then brief exposure to indoor temperatures 31 degrees Celsius and above can be dangerous for many people.

Protect yourself during hot weather

The best way to stay safe in the summer heat is to spend time in a cool space and drink plenty of water. Get tips to stay cool at home and outside of the home.  

Alertable: public alerting system

Receive public safety alerts directly to your smart phone.

Wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke can affect your health. Reducing exposure to wildfire smoke is the best way to protect your health.

Beach water quality

Beach water quality is monitored for E-coli bacteria counts from May to September by Vancouver Coastal Health and Metro Vancouver.

Sign up to track your indoor temperatures during heat events

Along with Vancouver Coastal Health, we're collecting information about indoor temperatures and building characteristics when very hot weather is forecast. This information will help us better understand the relationship between indoor and outdoor temperatures across the region.

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