Heat Wave August 2017

With the thermometer expected to hit record highs in the coming days, several Lower Mainland communities have designated local facilities as cooling centres. bc211 has compiled a list of these and other resources to help get through the 2017 heat wave.

If you know of any other heat-respite resources that could be included in this list, please send them to updates@bc211.ca.

Weather warnings and watches

Environment Canada

Air Quality Advisories from Ministry of Environment

CBC British Columbia

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Cooling centres/resources


 Cooling centres have been set-up with air-conditioned rooms and water available to residents in need at the following locations:

Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Road
Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Road


Ruth and Naomi’s Mission (46130 Margaret Avenue) will be running a cooling centre from Wednesday, August 2nd to Friday, August 4th. The centre will be open from 1:30 pm to 4 pm and will offer an air-conditioned room and water in addition to normal morning services (snacks, showers, clothing, and laundry service).


Cooling centres have been established to provide an air-conditioned space where people can escape the heat, access cool water, sit down, and rest if needed. These will be remain open when temperatures reach 30 degrees Celsius or higher at the following locations:

The Mission Leisure Centre, 7650 Grand Street
Mission Friendship Centre, 33105a 1st Avenue
Mission Library, 33247 2nd Avenue

Port Alberni

Salvation Army Alberni Valley Ministries (4835 Argyle Street) is offering a cooling station in their main lobby, which offers an air-conditioned space for people to sit down, as well as water and light snacks. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday.


 Water Fountains and Places to Stay Cool from City of Richmond


City of Vancouver

Air-conditioned community centres and libraries: www.vancouver.ca/people-programs/hot-weather

Map of drinking water fountains: vancouver.ca/home-property-development/water-fountains.aspx

Showering facilities will be open and available to the homeless at:
Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street

Misting stations have been installed for public use in the following parks:

Andy Livingstone Park, 89 Expo Boulevard
Emery Barnes Park, 1170 Richards Street
Oppenheimer Park, 400 Powell Street
Thornton Park, 1166 Main Street

Community centres in the Downtown Eastside will ensure water and sunscreen are available for homeless and vulnerable people.

For more information on public city facilities nearest you, call 3-1-1.

Union Gospel Mission (UGM)

The UGM office (601 East Hastings Street) is providing water and is open 24/7 for people to cool down.  UGM will also have volunteers walking through alleys and parks handing out light clothing, water, and hats to people in the downtown eastside.

Metro Vancouver TapMap provides a map of places across Metro Vancouver to refill your water bottle for free, which includes public spaces, cafes, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses that have opted into the database.

Other Sources of Information

HealthLink is able to provide information on how to treat and prevent heat-related illness. Call 8-1-1 for 24/7 health information and advice. For deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, call 7-1-1.

Health tips to beat the heat from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)

Heat wave survival tips for transit from TransLink

What to do before, during, and after a heat wave from Canadian Red Cross

Heat Stress at work from WorkSafeBC

Donations needed

Union Gospel Mission is calling for donations of supplies to protect Metro Vancouver’s most vulnerable during extreme heat. Please drop off items at UGM’s main reception, located at 601 East Hastings Street between 8:30 am to 8:30 pm every day.

Phone: 604-215-5440 Local 358

Last updated August 04, 2017 at 12 pm.

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