Ice safety tips and information, including, what to do if you or someone else falls through the ice.
Your safety is our concern, but your responsibility - use ice surfaces at your own risk. Obey the posted signs and information at ice surfaces to reduce the risk of injury.
No matter how thick you think the ice is, there can be weak areas that can give way at any moment. There are many factors that can affect ice thickness including location, the time of year and environmental factors such as:
Water depth and size of body of water
Currents, tides and other moving water
Chemicals including salt
Fluctuations in water levels
Logs, rocks and docks absorbing heat from the sun
Changing air temperature
Shock waves from vehicles travelling on the ice
North Saskatchewan River
It's never safe to walk on the ice of the North Saskatchewan River as water is continuously flowing beneath the surface which impacts ice thickness.
If you see someone (or a pet) fall through the ice, call 911 immediately.
Establish and maintain a point of reference where the individual (or pet) was last seen
Never attempt to rescue an individual (or pet) that has fallen through the ice
Stormwater Lakes and Ponds
Stormwater facilities aren't safe for any type of recreation because the inlet and outlet pipes keep water continuously flowing beneath the frozen top layer.