Published July 26, 2023

Cooling centres open in Barrie, Orillia and Innisfil

Hot, humid conditions expected to last through Friday

Relief from the heat is at 80 Bradford Street in Barrie for those who are experiencing homelessness.

The Gilbert Centre, in partnership with the County of Simcoe and City of Barrie, is offering the service from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily until mid-September.

Environment Canada has a heat warning in effect for most of southern Ontario, and it is expected to last until Friday with humidex values in the mid to upper 30s, possibly flirting with 40.

In Innisfil, cooling stations will be available to the public at the following Innisfil ideaLAB & Library branches during operating hours until the heat warning has ended:

  • Cookstown Branch - 20 Church Street
  • Lakeshore (Alcona) Branch - 967 Innisfil Beach Road
  • Stroud Branch - 7883 Yonge Street

The City of Orillia is opening air-conditioned cooling and hydration centres for public use. The city encourages anyone – especially those susceptible to extreme heat – to make use of the centres. The cooling centres will remain open until the heat warning is lifted.

The following public places have been identified as cooling and hydration centres:

Orillia Public Library

36 Mississaga St. W.    

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: closed

Orillia City Centre

50 Andrew St. S.

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: closed

Orillia Recreation Centre

255 West St. S.

8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

Splash Pads will also be open daily at the following locations:

McKinnell Square Park135 Dunedin St.Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.                                          Clayt French Park114 Atlantis Dr.Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Victoria Park75 Coldwater Rd. W.Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hillcrest Park255 Matchedash St. N.Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Moose Beach at J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park450 Atherley Rd.Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Walter Henry Park3050 Orion Blvd.Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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