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Where to cool off in Gatineau

There are several places to cool off in Gatineau. To find out when beaches and other facilities are open to the public, check the following pages:

Heat wave safety tips

Prepare yourself for the heat wave

  • Pay attention to weather forecasts and local alerts.
  • If you have an air conditioner, make sure it is working properly.

During a heat wave

  • Very early in the morning, close your windows and blinds to keep the evening's cooler air inside. Leave them closed all day.
  • Use an air conditioner to cool off your home. You can also use a fan. Or, you can spend a few hours somewhere that is air conditioned.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Drink lots of water. Don't wait to get thirsty.
  • Wear light coloured loose clothing made of material that lets the air circulate.
  • Pay attention to your reactions, and act promptly:
    • dizziness or fainting
    • nausea or vomiting
    • headache
    • unusually rapid breathing or heart rate
    • extreme thirst
  • If you take medication or have a chronic health condition, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether you would be more vulnerable in a heat wave and follow his/her recommendations.
  • Prepare meals that don't require cooking.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun. Protect yourself with a wide-brimmed hat that lets the air circulate or under a parasol.
  • If you are attending an outdoor event, try to limit your exposure to the sun, and try to stay in the shade.
  • Never leave children, old people or pets unattended in a vehicle, even if the windows are open.
  • Stay in touch with your family and close friends, especially those with difficulty managing on their own or who live alone.
  • If you get heat stroke, get into water with your clothes on to cool off.

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About Gatineau

Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 291,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.

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