As we experience cold winter weather, vulnerable community members across central and northern Vancouver Island will have access to local warming centres to get snacks, warm drinks, winter gear, and connection to crucial social services.
Find the full list of warming centres below, and please share this information with community members in need.
To stay up to date with public weather alerts in your area, visit the Government of Canada's website.
Warming Centre Locations
380 Terminal Ave
7 days a week
5:45-7:45am / 3:30-9:30pm
(Funded by United Way British Columbia through the Government of Canada's Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy)
489 Wallace St
7 days a week
Nanaimo 7-10 Club
Days when weather is cold enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of vulnerable persons.
For emergency shelters, food supports, and other services in Nanaimo, see below or visit https://www.rdn.bc.ca/.
Extreme Weather Shelter
Campbell River Community Centre, 401 11 Ave
7 days a week until December 30th.
8:00pm - 8:00am
Laichwiltach Family Life Society
Kwesa Place, 1342 Shoppers Row
Monday - Friday, 10am-4pm (open some evenings)
Drop in showers, laundry, clothing, and refreshments available
685 Cliffe Avenue
Monday to Saturday
CWAV Warming Centre for Women (hosted at the CWAV Women's Shelter)
222 Cowichan Way, Blg. 602 (the old VIU across from Superstore)
Capacity of 8, first come first serve, dry clothes/hot drinks/food available
Tidebrook Park on Gertrude Street
Port Alberni Friendship Centre on Fourth Avenue
Both tents run 7pm-8am