Heat Warning in Effect for Victoria

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Greater Victoria. A long duration heat wave will affect B.C. beginning June 25, and lasting until at least Wednesday, June 30.  

The City of Victoria will be opening Royal Athletic Park to the public for evening community drop-in until Friday, July 2. Pack a picnic and stop in between 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. to enjoy the large grass field and cool off in the misters. 

Community centres remain open and are available for public drop ins. Please see the list of community centres, their hours of operation, and location below:

Location

Address

Air Conditioning

Hours of Operation

Cook Street Village Activity Centre

1 – 380 Cook Street, Victoria, B.C.  V8V 3X7

No

8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Monday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday
8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Thursday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday

Fairfield Gonzales Community Association 

1330 Fairfield Road Victoria, BC V8S 5J1 

No

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday to Friday

Oaklands Community Association

#1-2827 Belmont Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 4B2

No

9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Monday to Friday

Quadra Village Community Centre

901 Kings Rd, Victoria, V8T 1W5

Fully air conditioned

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday to Friday

Vic West Community Centre

521 Craigflower Rd, Victoria, V9A 6Z5

Fully air conditioned

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday to Friday

Burnside Gorge Community Association

471 Cecelia Road Victoria BC V8T 4T4

Fully air conditioned

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Monday to Friday

Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group

1240 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 1G6

Fully air conditioned

7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (childcare)

Crystal Pool

2275 Quadra St, Victoria, BC V8T 4C4

No

7 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday to Friday

8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday

 

The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness has also put out some information to help you ‘be cool’ on these super hot days. Check out their tips for staying cool in extreme heat here.

To reduce your risk of heat-related illness, make sure to: 

  • Stay hydrated 
  • Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day 
  • Wear light, loose clothing and a hat 
  • If working outside, take breaks and find shade 

Make sure to drink more fluids than normal, especially water, regardless of your activity level, and do not wait until you are thirsty to have a drink. Avoid liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine, or large amounts of sugar as these are less helpful in keeping your body hydrated. 

The City of Victoria operates drinking water fountains throughout the city. Find them all using this map to stay hydrated during the hot weather: https://vicmap.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=01d530fe77d24581b69b1b0a0c8e3583 

Island Health has some great tips for heat safety on their website, including how to identify the signs of heat exhaustion: 

  • Pale, cool, moist skin  
  • Heavy sweating, cramps, rash 
  • Fatigue, light headedness, headache 
  • Nausea, vomiting  
  • High fever, hallucinations, seizures and unconsciousness require urgent medical attention. Call 9-1-1.  

Also, remember to check in on your friends and neighbours throughout the next few days. The following people are at greater risk of heat-related illness: 

  • Infants and young children 
  • People aged 65 or older 
  • People who work outside 
  • People with heart conditions or breathing problems  
  • People who live alone