Practice ice safety this winter! It is hard to tell the strength or thickness of ice by its appearance. Temperature, thickness, snow cover, water depth, size of water body, currents and distribution of the load on top of the ice are all factors affecting ice safety. Before going onto any ice, check for thickness and seek clarity from a resort owner for known ice conditions, thin ice areas or dangerous open water conditions. If in doubt, don’t go out!

Reminder that ice charts are guidelines only and should be treated as such. In some cases two (2) inches of good, ice is better than four (4) inches of bad ice. There are many types of ice conditions in our area that can quickly change. Please be extremely careful, as Ontario has had numerous people and machines break through the ice. For more information visit

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