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Heat Advisory

An Excessive High Heat Alert from Niagara Region Public Health is in effect as of Monday, Aug. 27 and is expected to be in place for he next couple of days.

Safety information and cooling centre locations are listed below.

Pools and Splash Pads

Splash Pads


Residents can cool off for free at the City's splash pads. All four splash pads are open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk.

  • Bogart Street Park - 1 Bogart St.
  • Catherine Street Park - 64 Catherine St.
  • Pearson Park - 352 Niagara St.
  • West Park - 78 Louth St.

Visit our splash pads webpage for more information.

St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre
425 Carlton St.

Facility Hours

The lobby at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre is available as a cooling centre during regular business hours. You do NOT have to swim in order to use the lobby as a cooling centre.

  • Monday, Sept. 4 to Friday, Sept. 7
    5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Leisure Swim Times

  • Leisure swim and other aquatic programs are available throughout the day at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre
  • As times vary by day, please visit our Recreation Swimming Schedule webpage for a list of leisure swim and aquatic program times


Cooling Centres

Dunlop Drive Older Adult Centre
80 Dunlop Dr.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4
    9:30a.m. - 8:30  p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5
    9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Port Dalhousie Older Adult Centre
19 Brock St.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4
    12 p.m. - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 6
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Port Weller Community Centre
1 Bogart St.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4
    9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 6
    9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Russell Avenue Community Centre
108 Russell Ave

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4
    9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5
    9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 6
    9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Seymour Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre
240 St. Paul Street West

Open daily from 6:30 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.

Water in plastic bottles is not available for sale at the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre. 

Free drinking water is always available at all City facilities. Bring your own reusable water bottle to fill at our Hydration Stations.

Please note: Bill Burgoyne Arena and the Garden City Arena Complex should NOT be used as cooling centres as neither facility is cooled in the summer.

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre
1932 Welland Canals Pkwy

Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

West St. Catharines Older Adults Centre
117 Chetwood St.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 4
    11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 5
    11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 6
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Safety Tips from Niagara Region Public Health

  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully. If you must be outside, plan your activities during cooler parts of the day. Rest frequently in shady areas, and drink plenty of fluids (unless fluid is restricted by one’s physician). 
  • Never leave infants or young children in a parked car.  Dress them in cool, loose clothing, and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. Ensure infants and children are protected with sunscreen.
  • People over 65 years of age may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature.  Stay in cool areas and use air conditioning. When the temperature is in the high thirties or higher, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness. A cool shower or bath is more effective.
  • People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat. They should stay in cool areas and use air conditioning.
  • Any health condition that causes dehydration makes the body more susceptible to heat sickness. Consult your doctor if you feel signs of confusion, dizziness, nausea, muscle swelling, heart disturbances, and/or a headache.
For more information, visit the Niagara Region Public Health website.

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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