During heat waves, having a place to keep cool in is essential. For those who need relief from the heat, there are several locations with cooling spaces throughout the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) that are regularly open to the public including libraries, shopping centres and recreational facilities. A list of some of these locations can be found online at rdn.bc.ca/extreme-weather.
The RDN’s Oceanside Place Arena is open to the public who need relief from the high temperatures during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. The facility will also be open outside of regular hours on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. If the Environment Canada heat warning is extended to Sunday, August 1, the facility will again be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.