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Exceptionally Cold Weather

Warming centres at Market Square and the Russell Avenue Community Centre will be available this weekend for anyone who needs a place to keep warm and escape the exceptionally cold temperatures and  winter weather elements.

Russell Avenue Community Centre - 108 Russell Ave.

  • Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The City will monitor weather forecasts and extend the availability of warming centres as needed.

After hours warming centres

Residents in need of warming centres or shelter in the evening or overnight are encouraged to use Start Me Up Niagara's Out of the Cold program.

Out of the Cold opens at 6 p.m. daily and offers a hot meal with the option of a bed for the night. Out of the Cold is hosted at a different participating church each night of the week. Please visit the Out of the Cold website for a complete schedule of participating locations or call 211 for more information.

Additional warming centres

Residents are also welcome to warm up at City Hall, the St. Catharines Public Library Central Branch and other City community centres during each facility's regular business hours.

City Hall

50 Church St.

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Closed weekends

St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre

425 Carlton St.

Monday to Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre

240 St. Paul St. W.

Daily: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Garden City Arena Complex

8 Gale Cres.

Daily: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre

1932 Welland Canals Pkwy.

Daily: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Port Weller Community Centre


Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday - Closed

Dunlop Drive Older Adult Centre

80 Dunlop Dr.

Monday: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday:  9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Port Dalhousie Older Adult Centre

19 Brock St.

Monday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Wednesday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (first Saturday of month only; closed other Saturdays)
Sunday: Closed

West St. Catharines Older Adult Centre


117 Chetwood St.

Monday: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed 

Stay warm and healthy

Residents are encouraged to check in on family, friends and neighbours, especially those who may be vulnerable to cold-weather related illnesses.

The health risks of exposure to exceptionally cold temperatures include frostbite and hypothermia. Protect your health by staying inside heated buildings as much as possible. If you need to go outside, wear appropriate clothing, cover as much exposed skin as possible and limit your time outside.

Learn more about the health risks due exceptionally cold temperatures from Niagara Region Public Health

Notification of an emergency

In the event of an emergency, check the following outlets for official information from the City of St. Catharines

  • This webpage and the City's homepage
  • The City's Facebook page -
  • The City's Twitter page - follow the Twitter handle @St_Catharines
  • Pingstreet - the City's mobile app. Pingstreet is free and available for download for iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone
  • Local radio stations, including 610 CKTB, 97.7 HTZ FM and 105.7 EZ Rock
  • Local newspapers, including the St. Catharines Standard and Niagara This Week

Household Emergency Kit

Keep enough supplies stocked in your home to allow you and your family to survive for at least three days (72 hours).

Update your household emergency kit twice a year when changing your clocks. Your household emergency kit should include:

  • Emergency Preparedness: Your personal guide  - a fill-in-the-blank plan for you and your family
  • Battery-operated or crank radio, and extra batteries to receive the latest news during an emergency. Place batteries in reverse inside to conserve energy while not in use.
  • First Aid kit
  • Bottled water and food
  • Necessary prescriptions
  • Flashlights
  • List of emergency contact numbers (e.g. family, friends, neighbours)
  • Basic tools

Some retailers and hardware stores even carry completed kits for purchase.

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