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  • Mariah Wilson

3 Ways to Cool Off This Month

The next two weeks are going to be a scorcher in Calgary! With highs reaching the 30’s, you’ll want to have activities to do with your family that get you out of the heat while letting you enjoy the summer break. We have scoured our resources to find three activities you can do that will keep you cool and get you out of the house.

*Note: Please be mindful of the current smoke in Calgary and only go outside for a prolonged period of time once it is safe to do so.


Who says you need to go to the Caribbean to relax on a sandy beach? Calgary not only has numerous rec centres, but also a few sandy shorelines where you can kick off your sandals and do a bit of suntanning. Sandy Beach is off the Elbow River and down from River Park, which has picnic spots and playgrounds. Pack a lunch and enjoy the whole afternoon here!

Calgary Public Library is once again hosting the ultimate summer challenge for kids up to age 17. This challenge features reading challenges, activities, programs, and prizes to keep them engaged throughout the entire summer. To get a start on this, you can visit a local library to cool off, peruse books, and escape into your summer read since all of the libraries have reopened!

Calgary is home to over 10 wading pools that are owned by both the city and community associations. Out of the four owned by the city, two are open and operational (Bowness and Prairie Winds Park) with one expected to reopen within the upcoming weeks (Riley Park). Even if your kids don’t know how to swim, wading pools are a safe and effective way to cool off since they are shallow (2 feet deep) and are easy to stand in.


Tips to stay cool:

  • Always wear sunscreen when leaving the house. Make sure to have a bottle on you so that you can re-apply if needed.

  • Bring enough water and snacks for everyone.

  • Wear breathable clothes and bring a hat.

  • Keep an eye out for Heat Exhaustion symptoms: faintness or dizziness, excessive sweating, cool, pale, clammy skin, nausea or vomiting, rapid, weak pulse, and muscle cramps . The person experiencing these symptoms should get to a cooler, air conditioned place, drink water if fully conscious, take a cool shower or use a cold compress.

  • If someone is experiencing a throbbing headache, no sweating, a body temperature of 103 degrees Celsius, red, hot, dry skin, nausea or vomiting, and loss of consciousness, they may be experiencing Heat Stroke. Call 9-1-1 and immediately take action to cool the person until help arrives.



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