Be Cool!

Hot weather is in the forecast for southern BC, with temperatures anticipated to reach the high 20s. It’s important to stay cool and hydrated to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Community Centres

Greater Victoria Public Libraries
www.gvpl.ca/branches-hours

Our Place Society
919 Pandora Ave.

  • Water available
  • Drop-in centre is open 6:30am-9pm daily and the covered courtyard has plenty of shade
  • Accepting donations of water/Gatorade, sunscreen, sunglasse

Sanctuary Youth Centre
767 Humboldt St.

  • A cool spot for youth aged 22 and under
  • Open Friday-Sunday: 3-7:30pm
  • NB: Will be closed August 13-27 for maintenance

Salvation Army ARC
525 Johnston St.

  • Water available

Victoria Cool Aid Society – Rock Bay Landing     535 Ellice St.

  • Water available
  • Hygiene area open for cool showers from 12:30-3:30pm
  • Also accepting donations of sunscreen and sunglasses for distribution at 101-749 Pandora Ave.

The Watering Garden at Beacon Hill Park
Simcoe & Douglas

  • Open 8am to dusk
  • Encampment Outreach: In addition to their usual outreach activities, the “orange backpacks” will have water and can provide clinical supports.
  • Harbour staff: As able, they will walk the 900 block of Pandora with water.
  • PEERS: The outreach van will be running every evening as usual and will have water and snacks. Water and snacks will also be available at:
    • Howard Johnson, 310 Gorge Road East: 10am-5pm
    • Capital City Centre Hotel, 1961 Douglas Street: 9am-4pm
  • SOLID Outreach: In addition to their usual outreach services, SOLID will have water available at 1056 North Park Street.
  • Bylaw: Bylaw officers will have water available for any who need it.
  • Stay hydrated, but make sure you’re including electrolytes – add Gatorade/PowerAde where possible – and avoid caffeine, alcohol, and excessive sugar
  • Have a salty snack to replenish sodium
  • Protect yourself with sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen – minimum SPF 30
  • Use an umbrella as a parasol
  • Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing
  • Find shade or a breeze near the water – avoid being in the direct sun for long periods of time
  • Mist your clothing with cool water if you have a fan to help cool hot air
  • Medical questions? Call 8-1-1
  • Pale, cool, moist skin
  • Heavy sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Rash
  • Swelling, especially hands and feet
  • Dark urine and decreased urination
  • Rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Light-headedness and/or fainting
  • Headache
  • Extreme thirst
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

Never leave children or pets alone in a parked vehicle.

More severe symptoms – including high fever, hallucinations, seizures and unconsciousness – require urgent medical attention. Call 911, move to a cool place, and cool the person with water and fanning.

In Crisis?:

If you require urgent emotional support, including having thoughts of suicide and other mental health issues, please call Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888.

Youth (under 25 years of age) may access youthspace.ca for online emotional support.

For other resources, including shelter availability, visit bc211.ca