Cooling centres

Suburbs

In the event that Environment Canada issues a humidex advisory, the city urges people to cool off in air-conditioned shopping malls, public buildings and local libraries. People should also stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, limit their time in the sun and take other precautions to avoid a heat-related illness.

When the temperatures and humidex values soar, the following city facilities are available for use as a cooling centre by the general public:

Kitchener City Hall
  • Monday to Friday - 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday and holidays - 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 
Community centres

The city's community centres can be used as cooling centres during their regular hours.

Pools and splash pads

For recreational swim schedules at our indoor pools, click the links below:

Indoor pools

Residents can also cool off in the city's splash pads which are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from late May to early September.

Kitchener Public Library
Kitchener Public Library locations are also available as warming stations. For a list of locations visit the Kitchener Public Library's website.

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
The central branch (85 Queen St.) is open on Sundays from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Note: The Doon Pioneer Park branch remains open during the community centre renovations.

 Kitchener arenas
Please note: Locations and available hours are subject to change without notice.

Locations

Days

Hours

Kitchener Auditorium (The Aud) - 400 East Ave.

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Closed (July 2)

Activa Sportsplex - 135 Lennox Lewis Way

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sportsworld Arena - 35 Sportsworld Crossing Rd.

Daily

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Grand River Arena - 555 Heritage Dr.

Closed

Closed

Lions Arena - 20 Rittenhouse Rd.

Closed

Closed

Rockway Golf Course - club house
Rockway Golf Course club house will be open Canada Day weekend from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Other considerations

During extreme high temperatures the public is encouraged to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to see if they need help.

Other at-risk groups include people with chronic and pre-existing illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications and those who are marginally housed or homeless.

For more information, visit the Region of Waterloo's public health department's website.

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