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

An ice safety tip video, which is available for viewing at the following link was shot on the Jan. 12 on Lake Simcoe as officers with the Marine Unit patrolled areas of varying ice thickness:
The recent changes in weather have altered the conditions of the ice, making it unpredictable, inconsistent and potentially hazardous.

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

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