Girls on lawn

Stay safe in the summer heat

When it's summer in Vancouver and the days get hotter, it's important to remember that even in temperate, coastal BC, heat can be harmful.

While heat can harm anyone, some are especially vulnerable:

  • Seniors, and children younger than five years old
  • People with pre-existing illnesses or taking certain medications
  • People who are isolated or homeless
  • Outdoor workers
  • Addicts who may be dehydrated as a side effect of their lifestyle
  • Anyone who isn’t acclimatized to our weather
  • Children and pets left in a closed car or in direct sun

Check in with your neighbours who live alone and on the homeless person you say hi to on the way to work.

Symptoms of heat-related illness and heat exhaustion

Watch for the following symptoms as signs of heat-related illness and heat exhaustion:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • Nausea and vomitting

If you see someone suffering from too much heat, call 9-1-1 and help them cool off by applying water to their face and neck until emergency services arrive. You can also call 8-1-1 to speak to a nurse.

Tips to keep cool

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat; lightweight, long-sleeved clothing; and sunscreen
  • Avoid strenuous activity and exercise
  • Visit an air-conditioned community centre or library
  • Fill up your water bottle at one of our drinking fountains, including temporary fountains that are set up during heat waves

Community centres with air-conditioned lobbies or lounges

The landscaped entrance of Britannia Community Services Centre


Britannia Community Centre has an indoor pool, tennis courts, seniors (55+) centre with computer lab, teen/youth centre, fitness centre, ice rink, and - for classes only - a pottery studio. The centre is located at 1661 Napier St, Vancouver, BC. 604-718-5800.

Carnegie Centre stairs


Amenities include public library, cafeteria, art and recreation programs, adult learning and literacy programs, weight room, and outreach services. The centre is located at 401 Main St, Vancouver BC. 604-665-2220.

Evelyne Saller Centre entrance

Evelyne Saller

Amenities include social, recreational and life-skill development programs, showers, laundry, and cafeteria with low-cost meals. The centre is located at 320 Alexander St, Vancouver BC. 604-665-3075.

The Gathering Place

Gathering Place

Amenities include an education centre, reading room, low-cost cafeteria, and programs for arts and recreation, health, youth and volunteers. The centre is located at 609 Helmcken St, Vancouver BC. 604-665-2391.

Hillcrest Centre


Hillcrest recreation centre is located at 4575 Clancy Loranger Way, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-8680. Amenities include a dance studio, indoor cycling, indoor/outdoor pool, ice rink, fitness centre, gym, and cafe.

Kerrisdale Community Centre


Kerrisdale Community Centre includes an indoor pool, ice rink, fitness centre, gym, games room, seniors centre, and teen/youth centre. The centre is affiliated with the Kerrisdale Arena and Maple Grove pool. It is located at 5851 W Boulevard, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-8100.

Mount Pleasant Community Centre

Mount Pleasant

The Mount Pleasant Community Centre is located at 1 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-3080. Amenities include a dance studio, fitness centre, gym, games room, computer lab, teen/youth centre, snack bar, and Vancouver Public Library branch.

Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre


Centre provides personal and family support services, and offers an out of school, pre-school and day-care program for children. The centre has a gym, hobby rooms, and club rooms. Located at 920 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC. Phone: 604-257-6949

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre


Amenities at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre include a 200-seat theatre, exhibition hall, the Roundhouse Turntable Plaza, dance studio, pottery studio, woodworking studio, various multi-purpose rooms, and a gymnasium. The centre is located at 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC. 604-713-1800.

West End Community Centre in Vancouver

West End

Amenities include a dance studio, pottery studio, fitness centre, indoor cycling, ice rink, racquetball/squash courts, and teen/youth centre. The West End Community Centre is affiliated with Barclay Manor and is located at 870 Denman St, Vancouver, BC. 604-257-8333.

Other places to cool down

Public swim schedules

Swimming pools

We have nine indoor and five outdoor seasonal pools. View their locations, features, and amenities.

Prince Edward spray park

Water parks and wading pools

Find water parks and wading pools in Vancouver – the perfect way to cool down in the city on a hot summer day.


All libraries are free, have access to air conditioning and fresh water, and will welcome anyone who needs to escape the heat.  View all library locations