Misting tent open at local park

Due to forecasted high temperatures starting August 6, 2022, the City will open a cooling centre and provide misting tents to help vulnerable residents cope with the heat.

From Saturday, August 6 through Tuesday, August 9, 2022, you can:

  • visit the cooling centre located in the Civic Centre Galleria (100 Newport Drive) during the following hours: 9am to 5pm on August 6, 1pm to 5pm on August 7, and 10am to 9pm on August 8 and 9;
  • stop by one our misting tents set up at Kyle Centre (125 Kyle Street), Pioneer Memorial Park (275 Knowle Street), and Rocky Point Park (2800 block Murray Street) between 8am and 9pm.

A cooling centre is a public space set up temporarily as a place where people can sit down and take a break from the higher temperatures experienced outdoors or indoors in spaces without fans or air conditioning.

Heat exhaustion or heat stroke can happen to anyone who stays in the summer heat and sun for too long. Regardless of your age or fitness level, follow these tips to stay safe:

  • drink plenty of cool fluids – this is the most important step you can take;
  • bring a water bottle with you if you head outdoors;
  • avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day;
  • seek out air-conditioned spaces whenever possible;
  • know the humidex rating – it combines the temperature and humidity to indicate how hot, humid weather feels to the average person;
  • wear a hat and light, loose clothing so that air can circulate; and
  • apply sunscreen if you are heading outdoors, as sunburned skin reduces the body’s ability to cool itself.

Look for symptoms of heat illness such as:

  • dizziness or fainting
  • nausea or vomiting
  • rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • extreme thirst
  • confusion or changes in behaviour

If you think someone might have heat stroke, call 9-1-1.

Remember:

  • don't leave children or pets in hot vehicles, no matter how short the stop; and
  • be sure to check on vulnerable family members, friends, or neighbours.

Here are some additional ways to stay cool in Port Moody:

  • fill up your water bottle at a temporary, hands-free filling station (installed when the forecast calls for extreme heat) at Rocky Point Park;
  • visit the Port Moody Public Library (100 Newport Drive);
  • find a shady spot in one of our quieter parks, like Westhill, Pioneer Memorial, Flavelle, or Cedarwood;
  • walk among the trees along the Shoreline Trail or in Bert Flinn Park;
  • go for a swim at Rocky Point Pool or Westhill Pool; or
  • bring the kids to one of our spray parks (don’t forget the hats and sunscreen!).

Find more tips and links to additional resources or visit Fraser Health’s website. Read the B.C. government’s Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide for more information on how to prepare in advance of a heat wave.