With Environment Canada issuing a special weather statement for hot weather for the region, the City of Vancouver is taking a number of steps to help residents and visitors beat the heat and stay healthy.
On Monday, the City announced that a number of cooling centres at air-conditioned community centres are now open to the public. Locations and hours are available on the City’s website.
In addition, community centres in the Downtown Eastdide will ensure water and sunscreen are available for homeless and vulnerable people, and staff will practice “extra vigilance” in ensuring the safety of those most at risk.
Across the city, eight temporary water fountains have been installed, with locations available on the municipal government’s website as well. There is also a “push-button” misting station available at Oppenheimer Park.
In addition to the range of cool-down options across the city, officials are also offering people personal tips on how to keep themselves cool and comfortable during the hotter-than-normal temperatures.
This weather is also hard on animals as they are especially susceptible to heat.
Animals with fur coats are not able to cool themselves down easily and can overheat very quickly, so leaving animals at home can be much safer.
The temperature in a parked car can heat rapidly, so it’s extremely dangerous to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle.
If you see an animal in distress please report it to the BC SPCA immediately.
The following dog parks have access to water for your pets: