ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE
PENETANGUISHENE – Members of the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind all ice surface users that after the tragic events on area ice surfaces last weekend, please be aware of ice conditions in your area and if you don't know don't go! The lack of consistent cold temperatures this winter along with record high water levels creating unusual water currents have resulted in poor ice conditions on area waterways and in a number of locations, no ice at all!
Emergency services advise that if you do break through on area ice surfaces - self rescue will likely be your only option as current treacherous ice conditions may limit the ability of emergency responders to locate you and attempt a rescue.
If you are travelling out on ice surfaces in the North Simcoe / Georgian Bay area please be mindful of the following - "is it worth the risk?" and if you do require emergency services then "we're all in this together!" Please view the link here for overview of the ice / water off Midland Point provided by OPP Aviation Services Jan. 21, 2021.
Snowmobile operators are advised to check trail conditions prior to heading out and the following internet websites can provide an insight into those conditions and whether the trails are open or still closed; Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Mid Ontario Snowmobile Clubs and fishing enthusiasts may wish to view the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) website here.
If you have to travel out onto an ice surface always remember that "No Ice Is Safe Ice" and you need to be aware of current, past weather conditions and recent commercial ice breaking activity along with checking with area residents who have "local knowledge of ice conditions". The following web sites are a must see for those who travel on ice surfaces-
- Cold Water Boot Camp
- https://twitter.com/OPP_News/status/1342817627077488641 and