BEAT THE HEAT: List of free (or low-cost) places with air conditioning in Ottawa

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A firefighter cooling down at Richardson Side Road fire. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fire Services.

A firefighter cooling down at Richardson Side Road fire. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fire Services.

Here’s a list of businesses and public places in Ottawa that have air conditioning, and are free, or low-cost. Add your suggestions to the comments below.

Also: Tips from Ottawa Public Health on how to stay safe in the heat

Some reader suggestions via Twitter:

  • The Beer Store (@stuntmanstu)
  • Costco walk in cooler where they keep the lettuce (again, @stuntmanstu)
  • Any City of Ottawa community centre (@themagicfridge)
  • Carleton University tunnels (@kmennie)
  • Chapters book store (@bitofmomsense)
  • Arts Court or Timmy’s (@Sarah_A_Mahoney)
  • Add your suggestions in the comments below!

(Originally published July 6, 2010; latest update May 28, 2016.)


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5 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    How about skating rinks?

  2. Sarah says:

    ottawa doesn't have any skating rinks… unless you mean ice skating, in which case I think most, if not all, do not have ice right now, and are not actually air conditioned.

  3. G says:

    I just checked with the City of Ottaw and yes indeed there are several rinks with ice that offer public skating:<br /><br />http://tinyurl.com/28er7oa

  4. G says:

    @bnjmnwood on Twitter recommended the walk-in freezers at Mark&#39;s – the ones used to test winter outerwear

  5. G says:

    @kittybroadway on Twitter says: &quot;You can add the new Ottawa Humane Society to the free places with a/c: hang out with animals weekdays 11-7, Sat 10-5&quot;

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