City of Burnaby opening Cooling Centres to provide heat relief

Last updated: August 17, 2022

The City of Burnaby is opening four Cooling Centres beginning on Wednesday, August 17 for anyone seeking relief from the heat expected in the coming days.

These Cooling Centres will operate from 10 am to 10 pm daily until extreme heat has ended, at the following locations:

North Burnaby

  • Cameron Community Centre (9523 Cameron St)
  • Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre (240 Willingdon Ave)

South Burnaby

  • Bonsor Recreation Complex (6550 Bonsor Ave)
  • Edmonds Community Centre (7433 Edmonds St)

All Cooling Centres are air-conditioned and are equipped with seating, drinking water, washrooms and free public Wi-Fi.

Outdoor cooling locations also available

In addition, the Society to End Homelessness in Burnaby is also hosting two pop-up outdoor cooling locations:

  • Civic Square (Central Blvd & McKay Ave, outside Bob Prittie Metrotown Library)
  • Kensington Park (Corner of Frances St and Fell Ave)

Pop-up locations will include washroom facilities, drinking water, seating and free public Wi-Fi.

Ways to stay cool at home

When an extreme heat is expected, Fraser Health recommends that people develop and practice a cooling plan, which includes the following steps:

  • Identify cool spaces and prepare to use them at night
  • Make ice, ready jugs for water, check that you have a working fan
  • Contact friends, family or neighbours if you will be checking on them or vice versa
  • Review signs of heat stress

More ways to stay cool

The City also provides several ways to cool off in our local parks.

Many parks have shaded areas or shade structures, and most have drinking fountains and washrooms. Several City parks also have push-button spray parks that are open daily, and wading pools. For a full list of locations, as well as wading pool schedules, visit www.burnaby.ca/sprayparks.

An interactive map shows the City’s Cooling Centres and also cooling resources in parks, including outdoor pools, spray pads, water fountains, misting stations and shade structures.

During times of extreme heat, the City encourages residents to check in regularly with vulnerable family, friends and neighbours in case they need help.

Learn more: Burnaby.ca/ExtremeHeat

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