Dog cools off in a pool

Heat exhaustion or heat stroke can happen to anyone who stays in the summer heat and sun for too long. With a heat wave alert issued for June 25 through June 30, 2021, it’s important to know what steps to take to prevent heat-related illness.

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.


  • 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 ways to stay cool in Port Moody:

  • fill up your water bottle at one of two temporary, hands-free filling stations (installed temporarily when the forecast calls for extreme heat), currently located at Rocky Point Park, near the spray park and washrooms, and Old Orchard Park, along the multi-use pathway near the drinking fountain;
  • 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; or
  • bring the kids to one of our spray parks (don’t forget the hats and sunscreen!).

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