With the artic air mass that was putting our province into the deep freeze the last few weeks, ice fishing is starting to become a popular activity to indulge in.

It's important to be careful and use extra caution for safe and sufficient ice before venturing out for ice fishing or other winter activities. Ice thickness depends on the water-body and surrounding conditions. Ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness and ice strength can vary considerably from one area to another.

There is a guide to follow when walking on ice that should be taken seriously to keep your safety. There should be at least 4 inches of ice to walk on, 20 cm to drive a snowmobile or ATV on, 30 cm to drive a car or light truck on, and more than 30 cm to drive a heavy truck on.

Ice thickness also cannot be the sole measure of whether it is safe to go on. Clear, hard ice is the only ice that is recommended to travel on.

Avoid ice that is:

  • Slushy in appearance.
  • Ice that has thawed then froze again.
  • Ice near moving water.
  • Layered ice caused by sudden temperature changes.
  • Also, stay away from heaves on the ice caused by pressure ridges.

Stay safe during the winter season, and take precaution on ice surfaces.

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