Beat the Heat - High seasonal temperatures July 25, 2022 - July 29, 2022

July 25, 2022

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Greater Victoria due to high seasonal temperatures. As temperatures rise, it's important to be prepared and take precautions to ensure you stay safe and healthy in the heat.

Drop-in Cooling Respite Centres

The District has free drop-in cooling respite centres at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre and Monterey Recreation Centre. Both areas are self-managed, available during opening hours, and are accessible for people with mobility issues.

  • Oak Bay Recreation Center - in the spectator area of the ice rink
    1975 Bee Street, Victoria, BC
    Open 6:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (7 days a week)
    Phone: 250-595-7946
  • Monterey Centre - in the Garden Court
    1442 Monterey Avenue, Victoria, BC
    Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, (Monday to Wednesday and Friday); 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Thursday); 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Saturday); 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 P.M. (Sunday and Stat Holidays).
    Phone: 250-370-7300

Additional Drop-in Cooling Respite Centres in Oak Bay

  • Greater Victoria Public Library – Oak Bay Branch
    1442 Monterey Avenue, Victoria, BC
    Open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday); 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Tuesday and Thursday); Closed Sunday. 

Know the symptoms of heat-related illness:

  • Pale, cool, moist skin
  • Heavy sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Rash
  • Swelling, especially hands and feet
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Lightheadedness and/or fainting
  • Headache
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

Check on each other

Anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, but some are at greater risk than others. Please make sure to check on those around you during this heat wave. Those who are at greater risk of heat-related illness include:

  • Infants and young children
  • People aged 65 or older
  • People with disabilities, cognitive or otherwise, who may need assistance in monitoring their well-being
  • Those who require ongoing medication for conditions such as heart or breathing problems
  • People who work or exercise outside
  • Check in on those who live alone.