Extreme heat forecast for Whistler, no fires allowed

Publication Date: June 25, 2021


Resort Municipality of Whistler encourages residents and visitors to stay safe, cool

Environment Canada is warning that a dangerous heat wave will affect Whistler and most of British Columbia beginning today and lasting until at least Tuesday, June 29.

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is encouraging residents and visitors to stay cool, safe and check in on those vulnerable to extreme heat during this period.

Be aware of the signs of heat stroke and exhaustion

Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can affect anyone, but especially those most vulnerable:

  • Seniors and children under five years old.
  • People with pre-existing health conditions or those on certain medications
  • Outdoor workers
  • People exercising outdoors
  • People or pets left in the direct sun or in vehicles.

Symptoms of heat stroke or exhaustion can include:

  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid breathing/heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Extreme thirst
  • Lethargy
  • Decreased urination and/or dark-coloured urine.

Tips to avoid heat illness:

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Seek out shade as much as possible, wear sunscreen and a hat
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the peak midday heat
  • Take breaks from the heat in air-conditioned spaces if possible.

Staying cool in Whistler

Whistler has many cool spots to beat the heat in addition to our lakes and parks.

  • Visit one of Whistler’s quieter parks for some shade time. List and directions at www.whistler.ca/parks
  • Whistler Public Library is air-conditioned and visits are no longer limited to 30 minute “express” visits due to COVID-19. Visitors are still required to wear masks as per provincial health orders. Visit www.whistlerlibrary.ca for more information.
  • 60-minute ice-skating sessions for individuals or families at Meadow Park Sports Centre and the fitness centre is available for climate controlled workouts. Sessions can be booked at Meadow Park Sports Centre. Masks must be worn while in Meadow Park Sports Centre. Visit www.whistler.ca/recreation to make a booking.
  • Consider cooling off while supporting arts and culture- purchase an annual pass to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre or Audain Art Museum.
  • The spray park at Meadow Park has extended hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to allow additional time for little ones to cool off.
  • The covered area at Whistler Olympic Plaza is now open to additional shady space in the Village.
  • Don’t forget- travelling by bus to a park, lake or the Village is cool- literally! Whistler Transit buses are air-conditioned and free from Friday to Sunday. Schedules and routes at www.whistler.ca/transit

Staying cool at home

Did you know that closing your windows and blinds during the heat of the day can help keep your home cooler? BC Hydro has more great tips here on how to keep your home cool while saving energy.

Protect Whistler from wildfires, NO fires allowed

Whistler’s Fire Danger Rating is currently HIGH which means no fires are allowed anywhere in Whistler, even with a permit. Only propane barbeques are allowed in Whistler’s parks. Propane fire pits are permitted as long as the flame is less than 15 centimetres. Visit www.whistler.ca/fire for more details.

Report all fires

Wildfires are one of the greatest dangers in Whistler. Report all fires and wildfire smoke within Whistler immediately to 9-1-1.

Outside of municipal boundaries, report fires to the BC Wildfire Service at 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellphone networks.

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