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Heat Advisory

City locations to cool off at and safety tips from Niagara Region Public Health to follow during excessive heat are listed below.

Pools and Splash Pads

Outdoor Pools

Residents can cool off at the City's outdoor pools. Regular admission and supervision requirements apply. Free admission to small pools.

Regular hours of operation

Lincoln Park Pool - 63 Chetwood St.

  • 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (small pool)
  • 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. (small pool)

Lion Dunc Schooley Pool - 32 Seymour Ave.   

  • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (large and small pool)

  • 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (large and small pool)

Port Dalhousie Pool - 205 Main St.

  • 1 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. (large and small pool)
  •  5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (large and small pool)

City outdoor pools will remain open as long as evening light allows during execssive high heat alerts issued by the Niagara Region. 

Splash Pads

Residents can cool off at the City's splash pads. Free admission.

  • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Locations

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

Splash pads will remain open during execssive high heat alerts issued by the Niagara Region. 

St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre

Residents can cool off at the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre.

  • 425 Carlton St.

Regular Hours of Operation - Lobby

  • 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.

You do not have to swim in order to cool off in the lobby. Free drinking water is available at water fountains and water filling stations. Bring your own water bottle.

Leisure Swim

Swim times can vary. Check out our Recreation Swimming Schedule webpage for a list of leisure swim and aquatic program times and admission requirements.

 

Cooling Centres

Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre

Residents can cool off at the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre. Free drinking water is available at water fountains and water filling stations. Bring your own water bottle.

  • 240 St. Paul St W..

Regular Hours of Operation

  • Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 12:15 a.m.

You do not have to skate in order to cool off in the lobby.

Public skating

Public skating times can vary. Check out our public skating schedule for program times and admission requirements.

Please note

Bill Burgoyne Arena and the Garden City Arena Complex should NOT be used as cooling centres.

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre

Residents are welcome to cool off at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. Free drinking water is available at water fountains and water filling stations. Bring your own water bottle.

  • 1932 Welland Canals Pkwy.

Regular Hours of Operation

  • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
  • Open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m

The museum is now accessible by St. Catharines Tranist.

 

Out of the Heat Program

Out of the Heat is a new initiative designed to provide those in need with a place to escape the heat overnight.

  • July 2 to Aug. 31
  • St George's Anglican Church
    83 Church St., back entrance
  • 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Check-in is at 8 p.m.
  • A snack is provided for those sleeping over.
  • Out of the Heat is a community-run project.
  • The program is not administered or managed by the
    City of St. Catharines.
  • Program details and availability subject to change without notice.

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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