An Updated List Of  Warming Centres  in St. Catharines, Niagara

A Message from the City of St. Catharines in Niagara, Ontario

Posted December 30th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword Note from NAL publisher Doug Draper – Niagara At Large is posting this important public service message from the City of St. Catharines, mindful of the sad probability that most of those who need these warming centres probably don’t have access to a computer to read this message either.

Finally, it is good that the city is providing these places for people to warm up during the day, but where do they go to keep warm overnight? If anyone has an answer to that question, please share it in the comment space below.)

Further to the times and locations for warming centres posted earlier on Niagara At Large, here is an update of times and locations for centres available this Monday, January 1st on New Years Day

Warming centres at Market Square and Russell Avenue Community Centre will be open on New Year’s Day – Monday, Jan 1.

  • Market Square – open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Russell Avenue Community Centre – open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The City of St. Catharines is setting up additional warming centres to welcome anyone who needs a place to keep warm and escape the winter weather elements during the current cold snap that’s expected to extend over the weekend.

The City is designating Market Square and the Russell Avenue Community Centre as warming centres, places residents can go to warm up, for the duration of the exceptionally cold temperatures.

Market Square – 91 King St.

  • Saturday, Dec. 30 – 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 31 – 7:30 am to 6 p.m.

Residents who need to get out of the cold are also welcome to warm up at City Hall (50 Church St.), St. Catharines Public Library Central Branch (54 Church St.), the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre (425 Carlton St.), the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre (240 St. Paul St. W.) and the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre (1932 Welland Canals Pkwy.) and other City community centers during business hours. Visit for operating hours and more information.

 The warming centres will be available for the duration of the current cold snap. The City will monitor weather forecasts and extend the availability of warming centres as needed.

Residents are encouraged to check in on family, friends and neighbours, especially those who may be vulnerable to cold-weather related illnesses.

The health risks of exposure to exceptionally cold temperatures include frostbite and hypothermia. Protect your health by staying inside heated buildings as much as possible. If you need to go outside, wear appropriate clothing, cover as much exposed skin as possible and limit your time outside.

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