In wintertime, many of Canada’s millions of lakes and ponds call many adventurers to come out and play. Frozen bodies of water offer great opportunities for sports such as ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating and snowmobiling. Because no ice surface is without some risk, ensure you become ice aware and take all necessary precautions before you venture out. If not, you could literally find yourself on thin ice!
The recommended minimum depth for activities on new, clear, hard ice is:
|7 cm (3 in) or less||STAY OFF|
|10cm (4 in)||ice fishing, walking, cross country skiing|
|12cm (5 in)||one snowmobile or ATV|
|20-30cm (8-12 in)||one car or small pickup|
|30-38cm (12-15 in)||one medium truck (pickup or van)|
Photo: Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism (banner); Government of Yukon/C. Archbould