Extreme Heat Relief

Extreme heat is associated with several health impacts ranging from heat stress to heat stroke or more serious effects, such as cardiovascular-related disease and/or death. Cooling stations can provide relief and protection for vulnerable populations who may be at an increased risk for heat-related illnesses.

Environment Canada heat alert guidelines:

  • A humidex is 40°C or higher for two consecutive days, or
  • A daily temperature is expected to reach 31°C or higher, and overnight temperatures are at least 20°C or higher for two consecutive days.

Check-in on family, friends and neighbours, especially those at high risk of heat stroke and other medical emergencies. Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise to 52°C (125°F) within 20 minutes in an enclosed vehicle when the outside temperature is 34°C (93°F). Leaving the car windows slightly open or "cracked" will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature. Heat Stroke is a medical emergency. Learn more about heat stroke, who is at high risk, and what to do about it at niagararegion.ca.

Review the following brochures for specific at-risk groups: 

(Source: Government of Canada)

Extreme Heat Relief Locations

Indoor Cooling Stations

The following City of Niagara Falls facilities are available to anyone seeking relief from extreme heat during operating hours:

  • City Hall - 4310 Queen Street
    • Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Gale Centre - 5152 Thorold Stone Road
    • Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • MacBain Community Centre - 7150 Montrose Road
    • Open Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • For a small fee, residents can cool off at the indoor pool during open lane and leisure swim times. View swim schedule.
  • Niagara Falls History Museum - 5810 Ferry Street
    • Open Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m., Friday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Niagara Falls Public Library – All branch locations

Outdoor Cooling Stations

The City's splash pads and swimming pools provide a great way to cool off during the heat.

Splash Pads

Splash Pads are open daily from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm.

  • MacBain Community Centre Park - 7150 Montrose Road
  • Chippawa Lions Park - 3970 Welland Street
  • Prince Charles Park - 8965 Willoughby Drive
  • FH Leslie Park - 5250 Valley Way
  • EE Mitchelson Park - 3750 Springdale Avenue
  • Niagara Falls Lions Park - 6320 Arad Street
  • Patrick Cummings Park - 8965 Willoughby Drive

Outdoor Pools (closed for the season)

  • Buck Hinsperger Pool - 3970 Welland Street 
    • 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • FH Leslie Pool  - 5250 Valley Way
    • 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    • Open on Tuesday, September 5th, and Wednesday, September 6th, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Niagara Falls Lions Pool - 4981 Drummond Road
    • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Prince Charles Pool - 6320 Arad Street
    • 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Precautions to take during high heat alerts:

  • Plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day
  • Rest frequently in shaded areas
  • Drink plenty of fluids (unless fluid is restricted by your physician)
  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car
  • Dress in cool, loose clothing and shade your head with a hat or umbrella
  • Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed

(Source: Niagara Region Public Health)