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Stay safe in the summer heat

Heat warning update

A heat warning is in effect due to higher than expected temperatures.

Find a cooling centre Find water fountains and misting stations

What you need to know

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.

Check in with anyone you know who is vulnerable to heat or who lives alone.

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 Vancouver Coastal Health issues an extreme heat alert.

 Cooling centres at community centres

 Vancouver Public Library cooling centres

Cooling centre location
Britannia Community Centre 
1661 Napier St
Carnegie Community Centre 
401 Main St
Evelyne Saller Centre 
320 Alexander St
Gathering Place 
609 Helmcken St
Hillcrest Centre 
4575 Clancy Loranger Way
Kerrisdale Community Centre 
5851 West Blvd
Killarney Community Centre 
6260 Killarney St
Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre
990 W 59th Ave
Mount Pleasant Community Centre 
1 Kingsway
RayCam Community Centre 
920 E Hastings St
Roundhouse Community Centre 
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver Public Library branches  

Other places to keep cool

What we do to help you

Symptoms of heat-related illness

Symptoms of heat illness can range from mild to severe and occur when your body is unable to cool itself.

Information on heat-related illness from HealthLink BC (translations available) 

How to keep cool

Wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke can often occur at the same time as hot weather.

If you're looking for relief from wildfire smoke, you can visit one of our cleaner air spaces in community centres or library branches with high efficiency particulate air filtering, or MERV 13 filters.

These facilities are activated as cleaner air spaces when Metro Vancouver issues an extended air quality advisory due to wildfire smoke for the City of Vancouver. 

Cleaner air space locations

Cleaner air space locations

Carnegie Community Centre
401 Main St

Evelyne Saller Centre
320 Alexander St

Gathering Place
609 Helmcken St

Hillcrest Centre
4575 Clancy Loranger Way

Mount Pleasant Community Centre
1 Kingsway

West End Community Centre
870 Denman St

VPL – Britannia
1661 Napier St

VPL - Central Library
350 W Georgia St

VPL – Joe Fortes
870 Denman St

VPL – Kerrisdale
2112 W 42nd Ave

VPL – Mount Pleasant
1 Kingsway

VPL – Renfrew
2969 E 22nd Ave

VPL – Terry Salman
4575 Clancy Loranger Way

Review hours for the Vancouver Public Library branches