Capilano University remains open in all weather unless a specific closure message appears on the CapU homepage or CapU Safe app. On this page, you'll find information about what to do in cases of extreme weather.

Winter Weather Procedures

Here are tips and instructions for days of extreme heat or winter weather that could affect your commute to and time spent on campus.

Check for campus updates at the CapU homepage, our Twitter and also be sure to download the CapU Safe app.

You can also follow local media, Environment Canada, Emergency Info BC and information from your municipality for cooling or warming centres during periods of severe weather.

Refer to the Emergency University Closure (pdf) policy for correct procedures during complete or partial University closures.

Extreme heat

Whether you are working, studying or enjoying time off, protect yourself from the potentially harmful affects of sun and heat. One of the best ways to prevent illness is to spend time in a cool space.

If you need to exert yourself outside remember to:

  1. Hydrate — drink plenty of water and offer it to those you're working with.
  2. Dress for the heat — wear loose-fitting, light colored and breathable clothing.
  3. Plan your work — if possible, avoid scheduling physically-demanding tasks during the hottest times of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  4. Check in — pay attention to how you feel and watch for signs and symptoms of heat illness in yourself and those around you.
  5. Cooling station — many municipalities offer cooling stations. Find one near you.

If you, a co-worker, friend or family member starts to feel sick after too much sun move to a cool place, drink water, take a shower or apply damp towels to the skin and be prepared to act if the situation doesn't improve.

If you have any questions or comments about heat-related illness or a suggestion to improve conditions of health and safety at CapU, please contact the health and safety team: safety@capilanou.ca.

Winter weather

Planning your commute

When the temperatures dip, here's how you can find information about University operations, classes, transportation and getting around campus.

  1. Visit capilanou.ca for up-to-date information about campus closures.
  2. We will post morning closure announcements and updates as close to 6:30 a.m. as possible on the day of a closure.
  3. Check CapU’s Twitter feed for updates.
  4. Download the CapU Safe app to receive notifications in the event of a campus closure.

Check for social media updates from TransLink, DriveBC and local radio and television broadcasters. Their channels are linked below.

Stay safe on the roads

Before heading out on the roads, check with TransLink for transit delays or DriveBC for any traffic incidents that could affect your commute. Plan your route using TransLink's Trip Planner for current schedules and bus routes. You can also sign up to receive transit alerts from TransLink.

If you are unsure of driving conditions, use alternative transportation.

If you decide to drive

  • Ensure your vehicle is equipped to drive in winter conditions.
  • Drive slowly and with added caution.
  • Plan for a longer than normal commute with possible major delays.
  • Pack extra clothes, safety equipment and other emergency supplies.
  • Ensure your cellular phone or other wireless device is fully charged at all times.


Have questions?

North Vancouver Campus

604 984 1763
Arbutus Building, room AR017

If you're on the Squamish or Sunshine Coast campuses:
Paladin Security (North Vancouver campus) by phone
604 984 1763