Residents wishing to keep cool despite the summer heat have some options courtesy of local community groups and organizations:
- A Hydration Station is available to people and pets at the House of Ancestors (Uda Dune Baiyoh) Conference Center (355 Vancouver Street).
- Both Prince George Public Library branches (Bob Harkins Branch downtown and Nechako Branch on the Hart Highway – open 10:00am to 6:00pm) have air conditioning (and books!). Note: these locations are closed on July 1 for Canada Day.
- The Pounds Project Drop-In Centre (Pounds Project Drop-In Centre) continues to be open as a cooling centre from 6:00am to 11:00pm. The site includes a pubic washroom, drinking water, an air-conditioned drop-in space as well as peer support.
- Positive Living North: No khēyoh t’sih’en t’sehena Society (1563 2 Ave), 11:00am to 6:00pm
- The Prince George Native Friendship Centre. Youth and adult outreach teams will be out (including over the weekend) distributing supplies to help those sheltering outside to manage the heat.
- Association Advocating For Women And Community (AWAC). Drop-in centre at 144 George Street is open 24 hours per day. Foot patrols are increasing, and outreach workers are out with water, ice bags, and watermelon. AWAC also offers transportation for anyone wanting to go to the drop-in centre.
- Earlier today, the city announced the expansion of hours at the Rotary Spray Water Park in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. The spray park is now open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week until the end of September (weather permitting).
Additionally, BC Housing has indicated that it is working with it shelter provider and community partners to help people experiencing homelessness in Prince George stay cool and hydrated during the heat wave and other periods of extreme heat.
The four shelters in Prince George are setting up indoor cooling stations where people can come in off the streets during the day, hydrate and cool down. In addition, outreach workers will be connecting daily with people experiencing homelessness outdoors to inform them of the available community services and distribute water bottles.