Cooling locations made available as temperatures climb

June 25, 2021

Public Service Announcement

With temperatures set to climb into next week, the City has worked with the Central Okanagan Journey Home Society and other community partners to develop locations where residents sheltering outdoors can escape the heat. 

Cooling locations are spread across Kelowna and listed below:

  • Metro Central Courtyard Drop-in, 1262 St Paul St. 
    • Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Water, shade, and outreach services available onsite.
  • PEOPLE’s Connect, Queensway Bus Loop (Downtown)
    • Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 
    • Water, shade, and outreach services available onsite.
  • St. Aiden’s Anglican Church, 380 Leathead Rd (Rutland)
    • Sunday, June 27, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Monday to Friday, June 28 to July 2, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 3, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Water, indoor shelter from the sun, outreach services available.
  • City parks
    • Shade and the opportunity to cool off in Okanagan Lake

The City and Journey Home will be working with outreach groups, the Lived Experience Circle on Homelessness and other organizations to communicate these locations to the community of people in Kelowna experiencing homelessness. 

A variety of organizations have already been helping people experiencing homelessness in Kelowna beat the heat this week, and we applaud their ongoing work: 

  • Kelowna Gospel Mission
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society
  • Metro Community
  • PEOPLE’s Employment Services
  • Interior Health – Outreach 

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/sheltering.