During a heat warning or alert, it is important to spend time in cool spaces. When outdoor temperatures are high, even workplaces and homes can be very hot and increase the risk of heat illness. Several cities and towns in the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) region operate specialized cooling centres, or encourage people to use other public spaces to cool down (like libraries and community centres). Misting and water fill station stations may also be provided during a heat event.
The facilities below become cooling centres in the following cities when Environment Canada issues a heat warning or Vancouver Coastal Health issues an extreme heat alert.
Cooling centres (as of July 30, 2021):