Cold Weather Relief

For information on how to prepare for winter storms and what to do during a storm, visit our Winter Storms Information page. For current Winter Weather Alerts, visit Environment Canada.

Daytime Cold Weather Relief 

City of Niagara Falls Facilities

Anyone seeking relief from the cold is welcome to keep warm at the following City facilities during operating hours listed on the websites:

  • Gale Centre (5152 Thorold Stone Road) 
  • MacBain Community Centre (7150 Montrose Road) 
  • Niagara Falls History Museum (5810 Ferry Street) 

Niagara Falls Public Library Branches

Anyone seeking relief from the cold is welcome to keep warm and stay safe at the following Niagara Falls Public Library branches during opening hours

  • Victoria Avenue Branch (4848 Victoria Avenue)
  • Chippawa Library Branch (3763 Main Street)
  • MacBain Community Centre Branch (7150 Montrose Road)

Please visit for hours of operation.

Emergency Overnight Shelters

Emergency shelters may be available for men, women, women with children and families at:

Please call 2-1-1 or access the 211 Community Information Database for the latest updates to emergency shelter locations. Individuals can access emergency shelter locations across the Niagara region.

Shower Facilities in Winter

Shower facilities are available at Gale Centre, 5152 Thorold Stone Road, Mondays and Thursdays (excluding holidays and special event days posted at the Gale Centre) from 7:00 am to 10:00 am

Gale Centre staff will advise Project Share and the Overnight Shelter of days that are unavailable due to holidays or special events

  • Towels and shower supplies are provided.

Food Access

Breakfast Program – Third Space (4345 Queen Street, Niagara Falls)

Unhoused individuals are welcome to attend a 30-minute indoor breakfast, at the following location, for the listed times:

  • Monday to Sunday:
    • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    • Space is limited.
    • Telephone: (289) 296-9557

Niagara Falls Community Outreach (The Soup Kitchen):

Niagara Falls Community Outreach Soup Kitchen provides nutritious meals to anyone in need, free of charge. The Soup Kitchen is operated by Niagara Falls Community Outreach.

  • Hot bagged lunches are available 7 days a week from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Cold bagged lunches are available Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 pm (or until no meals remain)
  • Located at 4865 St. Lawrence Avenue, Niagara Falls.
  • Telephone: (905) 354-1640.

Niagara Region Public Health

Learn more about the health risks due to exceptionally cold temperatures from Niagara Region Public Health. Please visit Niagara Region: Housing and Homelessness for more information on local services.

The City of Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls Public Library and Niagara Region work jointly to offer cold weather relief to the community.