City opens cooling centres

Emergency News Release

With the region expecting high temperatures through the week, the City of Penticton is extending hours at several facilities starting tomorrow.

“We want to ensure everyone is safe during this period and providing cooling centres is a way to help residents and visitors beat the heat,” says Anthony Haddad, the director of the City’s Emergency Operations Centre. “We’re extending the hours at civic facilities to assist people who need a place to cool down.”

The extended hours are as follows:

  • South Okanagan Events Centre (835 Eckhart Avenue) will be open between 7 am and 8 pm
  • Penticton Community Centre (325 Power Street) will be open between 6 am and 11 pm
  • Penticton Public Library auditorium and lobby (785 Main Street) will be open 9:30 am to 8 p.m.
  • Penticton Seniors’ Drop-in Centre (2965 Main Street) will be open from 9 am to 8 pm

Water will be available at these locations as well.

Bylaw enforcement and community safety officers will be carrying water for those in need, and other community organizations are also stepping up to offer support. A list of services is available here:

Residents and visitors who may have questions about available resources can call 250-490-2400 or visit to find places to stay cool, access water, prepare for the heat or care for pets. 

The City has activated its Emergency Operations Centre if further response is required.