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Unpredictable Ice Conditions On Lake Simcoe

Posted by MarkhamToday // January 13, 2017 // in News // 0 Comments

The York Regional Police Marine Unit would like to remind residents that ice thickness on Lake Simcoe and surrounding waterways are still unpredictable and fluctuating temperatures mean potentially dangerous conditions around waterways during early-season ice formation.


The recent changes in weather have altered the conditions of the ice, making it unpredictable, inconsistent and potentially hazardous.

Consider consulting with local ice fishing hut providers for the latest conditions as they perform ice-thickness checks daily.

Lake Simcoe and surrounding waterways still have large sections of open water and as new ice continues to form, it can be relatively thin. While sections of new ice may appear to be snow covered and stable, we would like to remind all citizens that ice conditions can vary drastically, even in areas of close proximity and may pose significant risk.

Remember no ice is ever completely safe. Any individual enjoying recreational activities near a body of water must make a personal decision to do so, realizing that there is a degree of risk associated with this choice. It is crucial that citizens take individual responsibility in evaluating the quality of ice.

Parents are advised to warn their children to stay away from lake shores, river banks and ponds as ice and increasing water flows present a clear danger.

For more information and safety tips, contact the York Regional Police Marine Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7321, or visit the York Regional Police website at www.yrp.ca

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