Rest Stations for Extreme Weather Relief, Simcoe County

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Description
Description (Service) COVID-19 Response
Due to concern regarding COVID-19, the facilities listed below may not be open. Contact individual facilities directly to see if they are available to the public.


When Environment Canada issues an extreme heat or cold alert, rest areas are available to residents for relief from extreme weather conditions. These can include public buildings such as libraries or community centres during regular business hours. Other buildings such as malls or cinemas that have air conditioning/heating could also be used.

Contact your local municipality before visiting as locations and hours may be extended or limited depending on season and conditions. Hours subject to change without notice and locations may be closed on holidays.

The following are suggested locations open during normal operating hours:


City of Barrie
COVID-19 Response 
As of July 6, 2020, The Barrie Transit Terminal (24 Maple Ave) will be permitted as a cooling centre in case of an extreme heat alert. There will be a time limit to keep within the maximum number of people allowed at one time. Alternate options are the beaches, splash pads and air conditioned malls and retail stores in Barrie 

Regular Service
During alerts, the following City buildings may be used:
  • City Hall Rotunda, 70 Collier St - Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
  • Barrie Transit Terminal, 24 Maple Ave - Mon-Fri 5 am-11 pm, Sat 5:30 am-11 pm, Sun 5:30 am-10 pm
  • Allandale Recreation Centre at 190 Bayview Drive - Mon-Fri 6 am-9 pm, Sat 7 am-7 pm, Sun 8 am-5 pm
  • East Bayfield Community Centre at 80 Livingtone St E - Mon-Fri 6 am-9:30 pm, Sat, Sun 6 am-7 pm
  • Holly Community Centre at 171 Mapleton Avenue - Mon-Fri 6 am-10 pm, Sat 6 am-8 pm, Sun 6 am-7 pm
  • Downtown Library: 60 Worsley St, Barrie - Mon-Thu 9:30 am-9 pm, Fri, Sat 9:30 am-5 pm, Sun 12 noon-5 pm, closed on statutory holidays and Sundays of long weekends
  • Painswick Library: 48 Dean Ave - Mon 9:30 am-5 pm, Tue-Fri 9:30 am-9 pm, Sat 9:30 am-5 pm, Sun 12 noon-5 pm, closed on statutory holidays and Sundays of long weekends
Other locations in Barrie include:
  • David Busby Centre 88 Mulcaster Street - Mon-Fri 8:30 am-2 pm, Sat, Sun 8:30 am-12 noon, also open Nov 15-Apr 30 - 3 pm-10 pm
  • Salvation Army, Bayside Mission Centre, 16 Bayfield St - Not a drop-in centre, but will open in case of extreme weather, contact front line worker at 705-728-3737 for hours. 
    • Currently not available due to COVID restrictions.
Bradford West Gwillimbury(Bond Head, Bradford, Coulsons Hill, Dunkerron, Newton Robinson, Pinkerton)

COVID-19 Response
During the pandemic, The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury will open the Bradford Library(425 Holland St W) as a cooling station during heat waves. It will be open Monday and Tuesday 10 am-3 pm, Thursdays 1:30 pm-7 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am-3 pm. The cooling centres will open when the Humidex reaches 30 degrees or there is a heat warning. There are limited spots, so those who wish to use this service should come to the front door. 

Regular Service
  • Bradford Library, 425 Holland Street West - Mon-Thu 9:30 am-9 pm, Fri-Sat 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sun 1 pm-5:30 pm
  • BWG Leisure Centre, 471 West Park Avenue - Summer: Mon-Thu 6 am-10 pm, Fri 6 am-8 pm, Sat-Sun 7:30 am-4 pm, Winter: Mon-Fri 6 am-10 pm, Sat, Sun 7:30 am-5 pm
Clearview (Avening, Brentwood, Cashtown Corners, Devils Glen, Dunedin, Glen Huron, Lavender, Maple Valle, Mount Zion, New Lowell, Nottawa, Singhampton, Smithdale, Stayner, Sunnidale Corners)
  • Stayner Library, 201 Huron St - Tue-Fri 10 am-9 pm, Sat 10 am-4 pm
  • Creemore Library, 165 Library St - Tue-Fri 10 am-5 pm & 7 pm-9 pm, Sat 10 am-4 pm,
  • Sunnidale Public Library, 5237 Simcoe County Road 9, New Lowell - Tue, Fri 1 pm-6 pm, Wed-Thu 10 am-8 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm
click here to view website for all 3 branches

Collingwood
COVID-19 Response
For Summer 2021, two cooling stations will be available during regular business hours. Visitors must wear a mask and numbers are limited in alignment with Emergency Orders. Please exercise physical distancing while using the cooling stations.
  • Collingwood Library, 55 Ste Marie St - Mon-Fri 11 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am-1 pm
  • Central Park Arena, 85 Paterson St - Mon-Fri 10 am-8 pm
Regular Service
  • Collingwood Library, 55 Ste Marie St - Mon-Thu 10 am-9 pm, Fri 10 am-8 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1 pm-4 pm (no Sun hours during Jul, Aug)
  • Museum, 45 St Paul Street - Tue-Fri 9:30 am-4:30 pm, Sat 10 am-4 pm
  • Centennial Aquatic Centre, 451 Third St - Mon-Fri 7 am-8:30 pm, Sat, Sun 8 am-4 pm
  • Central Park Arena, 85 Paterson St - Mon-Fri 7 am-11 pm, Sat, Sun 8 am-10 pm
  • Collingwood Transit Terminal, 100 Pine Street - Mon-Sun 6 am-9 pm
Essa,Township of
Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the designated cooling stations will not be available until further notice
(Angus, Baxter, Colwell, Egbert, Elmgrove, Ivy, Nicholston, Thornton, Utopia) Innisfil
COVID-19 Response
During the pandemic, Innisfil has two designated Cooling Centres that will be available during heat alerts. They are strictly for those in need of a safe space to get out of the heat. Visitors will be pre-screened for COVID-19, physical distancing will be observed. If there is heavy demand, time restrictions may apply. Facilities will be open 10 am-9 pm. 
  • Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, Lakeshore Branch (967 Innisfil Beach Rd.) 
  • Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, Cookstown Branch (20 Church St.) 
Note: The ideaLab and Library remains closed to the general public, public access will strictly be provided for those who need to get out of the heat. 

Regular Service Midland
COVID-19 Response

Check with the town to see if any cooling stations are available.

Regular Service New Tecumseth Orillia
  • Orillia City Centre 50 Andrew St S, Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
  • Rotary Place (Sports Complex),100 University Ave, hours vary, recommend to call to confirm - contact arena: 705-325-5332 or Rec Dept: 705-329-7250 - if no answer, contact the city: 705-325-1311, as they will staff arena during normal business hours when an extreme alert is issued if arena is not already open
  • Orillia Public Library, 36 Mississaga St W, Mon-Thu 10 am-8 pm, Fri 10 am-6 pm, Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun 1 pm-4 pm from the first Sunday after Labour Day until the last Sunday in April
  • Barnfield Point Recreation Centre, 500 Atherley Rd, 705-325-3089 - Mon-Fri 7 am-10 pm, Sat, Sun 8 am-5 pm, hours may vary, so call to confirm
Springwater(Elmvale, Grenfel, Hillsdale, Midhurst, Minesing, Phelpston)
Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, the designated cooling stations may not be available. Check with the town to see if any are available.
  • Elmvale Library, 50 Queen St W, Mon 1 pm-5 pm, Tue, Thu 10 am-7 pm, Wed, Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat 10 am-4 pm
  • Midhurst Library, 12 Finlay Mill Rd, Mon 1 pm-5 pm, Tue, Thu 10 am-7 pm, Wed, Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat 10 am-4 pm
  • Minesing Library, 2347 Ronald Rd, Tue 10 am-7 pm, Wed 1 pm-5 pm, Thu 1 pm-7 pm, Fri 10 am-5 pm
Tay(Port McNicoll, Vasey, Victoria Harbour, Waubaushene, Waverley)
  • Municipal office, 450 Park Street, Victoria Harbour - Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
  • J & M Young Library, 715 4th Ave, Port McNicoll, 705-534-3511 - Tue 10:30 am-7 pm, Wed-Fri 12 noon-5 pm, Sat 10:30 am-2:30 pm
  • Theo and Elaine Bernard Library, 145 Albert St, Victoria Harbour, 705-534-3581 - Tue 12 noon-5 pm, Wed, 10:30 am-7 pm, Thu-Fri 12 noon-5 pm, Sat 10:30 am-2:30 pm
  • Waubaushene Branch, 17 Thiffault St, Waubaushene, 705-538-1122 - Tue 12 noon-5 pm, Thu 10:30 am-7 pm, Fri 12 noon-5 pm, Sat 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Wasaga Beach
Currently the Wasaga Beach Library is not available as a designated cooling station until further notice
  • Town of Wasaga Beach Municipal Office, 30 Lewis St, Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm 
  • Wasaga Stars Arena - 425 River Road West, no regular hours, call 705-429-0412 for information on hours open 
  • Wasaga Beach Library, 120 Glenwood Dr - Tue-Fri 10 am-8 pm, Sat 10 am-4 pm, Sun 12 noon-4 pm 
  • RecPlex (including the YMCA), 1724 Mosley St - Mon-Fri 5:30 am-10 pm, Sat, Sun 7 am-5 pm, Statutory holidays 10 am-3 pm, water is available. 
    • The YMCA offers the use of their swimming pools and showers free of charge during summer. The YMCA is currently closed until further notice.
Service Details
Public Comments When Environment Canada issues an extreme heat or cold alert, for relief to residents during these extreme weather conditions, rest areas can include public buildings such as libraries or community centres - other buildings such as malls or cinemas that have A/C or heating could be used for relief. Contact your local municipality or visit their website for hours and locations of cooling or warming centres in your area. See suggested locations open during normal operating hours, unless otherwise stated * advised to call to confirm before visiting as hours may be extended or limited depending on season * hours subject to change without notice and are closed during stat holidays  
 
An advisory/alert is usually issued when temperatures are less than -25C with wind chill, or humidex higher than 30C
Areas Served Simcoe County
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Address and Location
Located In Community Simcoe County
Contact Information
Website https://www.simcoe.ca/EmergencyManagement/Documents/2018-01-05%20Table%20of%20Simcoe%20County%20Warming%20Centres.pdf#search=weather%20relief

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