Winter storms can produce high winds, heavy snowfall, freezing rain, and subzero temperatures that can cause power outages, blocked roads, and icy conditions.
To stay safe, remember to plan ahead for winter conditions, including creating a family emergency plan and supply kit. Also, use caution when driving, riding and walking, and be aware of the increased risk of frostbite and hypothermia when outdoors.
During extreme weather conditions, check in with friends, family members, and neighbours who are most vulnerable.
An Extreme Weather Alert is in place due to cold temperatures. Please see a list of daytime and overnight warming places below on this page.
Daytime community warming spaces
If you need a place to warm up, try visiting a North Vancouver District Public Library branch or a Community Recreation Centre.
- Lynn Valley Library (1277 Lynn Valley Rd)
- Capilano Library (3045 Highland Blvd)
- Parkgate Library (3675 Banff Crt)
- Express Library at Lions Gate (1733 Lions Gate Ln)
Community Recreation Centres
- Ron Andrews (931 Lytton St)
- Parkgate (3625 Banff Ct)
- Karen Magnussen (2300 Kirkstone Rd)
- Delbrook (851 West Queens Rd)
- Lions Gate (1733 Lions Gate Ln)
Overnight warming centre
An Extreme Weather Alert is in place due to cold temperatures. Overnight shelter is available at:
- North Shore Shelter (705 2nd Street West, 604-982-9126)
- Open: Jan 16-18, 9pm-7am
- Open: Jan 16-18, 9pm-7am
Winter preparation and safety resources
- Get tips on preparing for extreme cold and winterizing your home on NSEM's website
- Learn how to improve your winter wellness on the Vancouver Coastal Health website
- Check out HealthLinkBC for information on cold temperature exposure
- Report an outage, find current outages, and get prepared for outages on BC Hydro's website
- Get notified about severe weather conditions by downloading the free Alertable app
Need to report a problem? Call 604-990-2311 (weekdays 8am to 4:30pm) or 604-990-3666 (weekends, holidays and after hours). Report a problem directly to the responsible department.
Weather and road condition resources
- See the latest highway and road conditions at the Drive BC website
- Get weather alerts for BC on the Environment Canada website
Snow and ice removal
We monitor weather and road conditions throughout the winter months. When snow falls or icy conditions are forecast, crews are dispatched to respond.
Learn how we decide which roads to clear and in what order when it snows.
For immediate assistance
If you require emergency services, please call 9-1-1 for police, fire and ambulance assistance.
Garbage and organics collection during severe winter weather
Our crews make every effort to collect garbage and organics as scheduled when it snows, or roads are extremely icy.
However, service may be halted if road conditions pose a safety risk to collection staff, other road users and personal property.
Weather-related service disruption
If bad weather conditions prevent us from collecting your bins as scheduled, please remove your carts from the curb and set them out again on the next scheduled pick-up day.
Get the app
Recycle BC manages recycling collection services in the District. For information about collection disruptions in your area and to receive service alerts, download the Recycle BC app or check its website.