In areas around B.C. like Vancouver, Chilliwack, and other regions, cooling centers are being set up this weekend.
Right now there is an extreme record breaking heat wave that is hitting the province and officials have been warning about the dangers and giving tips on how to stay cool while it gets extremely hot this weekend.
There are cooling centers that are going to be open around the Lower Mainland to help people cope with the uncomfortable heat.
There are multiple cooling center locations already open around Chilliwack, Vancouver, Burnaby and other regions to help people deal with the heat and come and cool down this summer.
Those who are looking for a way to beat the heat can hit up the cooling center with friends, family, or just go alone, and enjoy some time at the cooling stations that have been set up.
You can find temporary cooling center locations open in different cities around the province.
Those various locations might have operation hours that are subject to change or only be open during certain hours and days etc, look up that specific location before you plan to go to see what is available in your own area.
At Tourism Chilliwack which is located at 44150 Luckakuck Way you can also find water for pets to enjoy too during this heat. The Tourism Chilliwack space is specifically going to be a pet friendly cooling center location in that area.
Those cooling center stations can be found around Vancouver in places that have air conditioned lobbies or lounges. Those cooling center areas can be found at community centers like:
- Carnegie on Main St in Vancouver
- Britannia Community Center at 1661 Napier St, Vancouver
- Gathering Place at 609 Helmcken St, Vancouver
- Hillcrest recreation center on Clancy Loranger Way
- Kerrisdale Community Center
- Mount Pleasant Community Center
- West End Community Center.
Monday June 28 open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 29 open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Libraries, shopping malls, and community centers can help beat the heat. Here are a list of air-conditioned community centers in Surrey to find.
- Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre (#110 – 16555 Fraser Highway)
- Cloverdale Recreation Centre (6188 – 176th Street)
- Fleetwood Community Centre (15996 – 84 Avenue)
- Newton Recreation Centre (13730 – 72 Avenue)
- South Surrey Recreation & Arts Centre (14601 – 20 Avenue)
- Clayton Community Centre (7155 187A Street)
- Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre (16855 – 24 Avenue)
- North Surrey Sport & Ice Complex (10950 – 126A Street)
- Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre (13458 107A Avenue)
- Guildford Recreation Centre (15105 – 105 Avenue)
- Fraser Heights Recreation Centre (10588 – 160 Street)
- Cloverdale Recreation Centre (6188 – 176th Street)
Surrey Outdoor Pools
- Bear Creek Outdoor Pool
- Crescent Beach
- Kwantlen Outdoor Pool
- Unwin Outdoor Pool
- Hjorth Road Outdoor Pool
- Greenaway Outdoor Pool
- Sunnyside Outdoor Pool
- Holly Outdoor Pool
Surrey Spray Parks
- Bear Creek Park
- Unwin Park
- Erma Stephenson Park
- South Surrey Athletic Park
- Goldstone Park
- Bridgeview Park
- Cloverdale Athletic Park
- Fleetwood Park
- Hawthorne Rotary Park
- Hazelgrove Park Newton Athletic Park
Other places to check out for cooling centers in Surrey include libraries.
Abbotsford cooling center: located at 2575 Gladwin Road and 2495 West Railway Street
Other cooling centers in Abbotsford include:
- Seven Oaks Alliance Church parking lot at 2575 Gladwin Road
- Heritage Alliance Church at 3440 Mt Lehman Road
- Cascade Community Church at 35190 Delair Road
Cooling centers will only be open for certain hours during the day.
New Westminster cooling center located at Century House found at 620 Eighth St., and Queensborough Community Centre which is located at 920 Ewen Ave.
Burnaby cooling center options: Edmonds Community Centre located at 7433 Edmonds St. , McGill Library located at 4595 Albert St., Bob Prittie Metrotown Library located at 6100 Willingdon Ave.
Those various cooling center locations around the Lower Mainland and the rest of B.C. are going to have different hours of operation or restrictions for when they might be operational or if you can bring pets etc.
It’s worth it to look up the location you plan to visit specifically online and see what you might be able to do at that cooling station or what hours you might be able to visit.
If you are looking to cool down in Coquitlam then head over to the Coquitlam Public Library because they are operating as a cooling center for people in the region during this heat wave. Here you will find fountains for water and extra seating available.
You can also find a water park in Coquitlam to get a cool spray during these high temperatures. These locations to cool down at spray parks in Coquitlam include:
- Blue Mountain Spray Park
- Mackin Spray Park
- Burns Park Spray Park
- Rochester Spray Park
- Town Centre Spray Park
- Cottonwood Spray Park
- Galloway Spray Park
- Norm Staff Spray Park
- Panorama Spray Park
Visit the cooling center at Terry Fox Library
- Castle Park
- Sun Valley Park
- Robert Hope Park
- Leigh Square
- Gates Park
- Lions Park
- McLean Park
Drinking fountains around Victoria.
Cool down at the watering can at Beacon Hill Park which is open now.
North Vancouver City Library is now offered as a cooling center in North Van for those trying to cool down. Visit the library during certain hours if you want to find a cool spot to relax. There are also spray parks like that at Mahon Park or the Shipyards Splash Park.
North Vancouver water fill stations and fountains can be found here:
- Grand Boulevard Park 13th & Grand Boulevard
- Mosquito Creek Park – 17th & Fell Avenue
- 14th Street Civic Plaza – 14th & Lonsdale
- Kings Mill Walk Park – Harbourside Place
- Derek Inman Park – 200 block East First, northside
- Waterfront Park – 200 block West Esplanade
- Stella Jo Dean Plaza – 147 East 14th
- Victoria Park East at Lonsdale Avenue – Keith & Lonsdale
Vancouver Temporary Misting Stations:
- Columbia St and Powell St Northeast corner
- Nelson Park at Southeast corner
- Robson St and Cardero St Southwest corner
- Granville St and West 10th Ave found at the Northeast corner
- Commercial Drive and East 10th Ave located near Northeast corner
- West Blvd and W 45th Ave at Southweat Corner
- Thornton Park at the East side across from Pacific Central
- Andy Livingston Park near the Northwest corner
Places to cool down in Richmond include several spray parks that can be found in Steveston, King George and Burkeville, open 7 days a week from 9:30am to 8:30pm. There are also some shaded areas with the 4 temporary shelters that have been set up in Richmond including those found in Paulik, Steveston, Dover and McLean park.
Cooling center in Maple Ridge located at Greg Moore Youth Centre, at 11925 Haney Place open 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Additional days might be added later on.
- Ladner Pioneer Library 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Sun, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thurs
- George Mackie Library open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Sun, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thurs
- Tsawwassen Library open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Sun, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thurs
Spray Parks in Port Moody
- Ailsa Park at 500 Blk Ailsa Avenue open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Rocky Point Park at 2800 Blk Murray Street open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Easthill Park at 1385 Union Street open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Metro Central Courtyard Drop-in between Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- People’s Connect, Queensway Bus Loop Downtown, Sat and Sun Jun 26 and 27 10 am – 4:45 pm
- St. Aiden’s Anglican Church, 380 Leathead Rd (Rutland) on Sunday June 27 2pm-6:00pm, Mon – Fri June 28-July 2 12pm -6pm, Sat July 3 12pm – 4:00pm
Those areas listed above are a few of the cooling centers that have been set up around Kelowna B.C. for summer.
Aside from those cooling stations there are also hundreds of drinking fountains that you can also find around the region that have been installed at different Vancouver city points.
Other than the different community centers that can be visited to cool down, you can also find misting stations. Those temporary misting stations have been set up during this heat wave to help people combat the extreme weather they’re facing right now.
Water and supplies have also been handed out by various organizations to those in need and to those who are living on the streets. As well, the SPCA has issued summer warnings about the dangers of leaving pets in cars during this B.C. heat wave.