Cooling stations are opening around Greater Victoria.

Greater Victoria and other parts of the province are already experiencing high temperatures, prompting some municipalities to open cooling centers to help residents shelter from the heat.

Environment Canada is forecasting highs between 31 C and 35 C inland and 25 C to 29 C near water between now and Friday or Saturday in areas around southern Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

The City of Victoria has 12 misting stations at fire hydrants located throughout the city and air-conditioned cooling centers at the Save On Foods Memorial Center and Cook Street Activity Center. Other cooling centers are located at the Salvation Army ARC on Johnson Street, Our Place Society on Pandora Avenue and Greater Victoria Public Library branches in the center and James Bay.

Other community assets available to the public during the heat warning include Beacon Hill Park’s splash pad and watering cans, the Crystal Pool and Fitness Center and the Benfield Park dock. Click here for the complete list..

Elsewhere, Saanich residents can cool off at any of the district’s four recreation centers. Hours and schedules for the Saanich Commonwealth Place, Cedar Hill, Gordon Head and GR Pyrex recreation centers can be found at

In Esquimalt, water fountains are available at Saxe Point, High Rock, Memorial, West Bay, Gorge and Adventure Parks, while residents can also cool off in air-conditioned areas at the Esquimalt Recreation Center and Gorge Park Pavilion.

shared by Langford and Collod. An interactive map which pointed out where residents could go to help cool off. The map includes the location of water fountains, splash pads, lake or beach access or air-conditioned public spaces.

GVPL branches on Langford Parkway at Island Highway and the Juan de Fuca Library also have air-conditioned spaces where residents can cool off, while Langford has four splash pads. Water fountains are also scattered in Langford, Collod and View Royal as well as access to water at Esquimelt Lagoon, Thatts Lake, Langford Lake, Glen Lake, Lookout Lake, Florence Lake and Portage Park in View Royal.

Central Saanich plans to open its cooling station at Brentwood Bay on Tuesdays, July 26 to July 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Central Saanich Cultural Center Room A, near the library entrance. Residents are encouraged to bring a snack, bottle of cold drink, book or craft.

In Sydney, the SHOAL Center is located at 10030 Resthaven Dr. It welcomes those who wish to cool off in its air-conditioned premises from Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm this week.

Heat risks are higher for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and people who work or exercise outdoors. Effects of heat illness include swelling, itching, pain, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and worsening of certain health conditions.

Find other resources to deal with the heat. Or call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1.

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Greater Victoria Heatwave