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Cooling Centres and Emergency Resources for High Heat Weather

In response to the upcoming warm temperatures, the City of Owen Sound reminds residents that public places are available throughout the City to keep cool. City cooling centres can be found at the following locations: 


Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library 

Monday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


YMCA Shared Corridor in the Julie McArthur Regional Recreation Centre (entrance doors on the North or South side of the building)

Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Bayshore Community Centre 

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Owen Sound City Hall 

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 



Water Refill Stations: 

Remember your reusable water bottle while on the go! Municipal tap water is clean and safe to drink, a great value for your money, and an environmentally friendly and healthy choice. 

Water Refill Stations are conveniently available in these City facilities during regular business hours: 


·         Bayshore Community Centre 

·         Julie McArthur Regional Rec Centre/YMCA Shared Corridor

·         City Hall 

·         The Library 

·         Tom Thomson Art Gallery 



Outdoor Water Play:

Residents with small children are reminded that the Good Cheer Splash Pad at Kelso Beach at Nawash Park is open daily.  


Additionally, the Harrison Park Pool is open as of Monday, June 17 at 12:30 p.m. including being open for free, sponsored swims during the following times:


·         Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

·         Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

·         Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.



Tips for staying cool in warm temperatures: 

·         Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can

·         Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty 

·         Schedule outdoor activities carefully

·         Wear loose, lightweight, light-coloured clothing and sunscreen 

·         Manage your energy and pace yourself in your activities

·         Take cool showers or baths to cool down

·         Check on a friend or neighbour and have someone do the same for you

·         Never leave children or pets in cars


If you need assistance, emergency shelter, or amenities, please call 211. 211 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there is also an online resource. 211 is a helpline that easily connects people to the social services, programs, and community supports they need.



For more information, please contact Heidi Jennen, Supervisor of Environmental Services at 519-376-1440 ext. 3223 or email to   



Quick Facts: 


·         Be prepared for extra hot days and plan accordingly


·         211 is a community services helpline and website that provides a gateway to community, social, non-clinical health and related government services. It helps to navigate the complex network of human services quickly and easily, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in over 150 languages. 


·         Visit the City’s Cooling Centres webpage for more information. 



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