Cooling Centres

Updated: 2021-08-16 

Staying Safe During Hot Weather

During hot weather, the City continues to remind the public of the many ways to stay cool in Coquitlam, such as visiting our cooled community centres and libraries, air conditioned public spaces, and outdoor spaces such as pools, spray parks and public shaded areas. Find resources and locations below.

The City is prepared to open cooling centres if the heat presents a risk to the health and safety of the community, including extending civic facility hours based on demand.  Typically we open cooling centres when an Extreme Heat Alert is issued by Fraser Health.

Should cooling centres be opened, this page will be updated with current information. 

Looking Out for the Heath and Safety of Yourself and Others

Excessive heat can be dangerous to your health and the health of your loved ones – follow these tips to help keep cool and ensure the safety of others: 

  • Seek out cool indoor spaces such as cooling centres, air conditioned businesses and community organizations;
  • Avoid strenuous activities or exercise during the daytime when the weather is hottest;
  • Wear light clothing and a hat when in direct sun;
  • Stay hydrated – alcohol-free, caffeine-free and sugar-free drinks are best;
  • Seek shelter in shaded areas such as parks and trails;
  • Check on those at risk – ensure elderly neighbours and those with accessibility challenges or chronic illnesses are not showing signs of heat related illness, and get them to a cool space or seek medical attention if required;
  • Offer pets plenty of water and ways to stay cool, such as a cool damp towel to lay on; and
  • Never leave pets or children in enclosed vehicles, even with windows open or in the shade.

More tips and information on how to recognize symptoms of heat-related illness and heatstroke are available from Fraser Health at www.fraserhealth.ca. Visit their Sun Safety page.

Ways to Stay Cool in Coquitlam

Residents needing relief from the heat are encouraged to visit any civic facility or cooled public spaces such as Coquitlam Public Library (575 Poirier St. and 1169 Pinetree Way), Coquitlam Centre, neighbourhood community organizations, or support local restaurants and businesses who have air conditioned spaces. 

Details and hours for Eagle Ridge and Spani outdoor pools and our spray parks are here

Visit one of our nine spray parks:

  • Blue Mountain Spray Park (975 King Albert Ave.)
  • Burns Park Spray Park (802 Edgar Ave.)
  • Cottonwood Spray Park (672 Aspen St.)
  • Galloway Spray Park (3404 Galloway Ave.)
  • Mackin Spray Park (1046 Brunette Ave.)
  • Norm Staff Spray Park (3320 David Ave.)
  • Panorama Spray Park (1485 Johnson St.)
  • Rochester Spray Park (1390 Rochester Ave.)
  • Town Centre Spray Park (1299 Pinetree Way)

There are also many parks throughout the community with shaded areas and urban forest shade. To find park locations near you, visit our Park Finder.

Stay Informed

When temperatures reach high levels and pose risks to vulnerable populations in the community, cooling centres may be opened for the public to visit and escape the heat. When cooling centres are activated, the public is notified of locations and hours through public service advisories, website updates, and social media.