Ice fishing enthusiasts are reminded that all fishing huts must be removed from Lake Simcoe by midnight on Sunday, March 15.
York Regional Police and the Ministry of Natural Resources will be enforcing this regulation.
Members of the York Regional Police Marine Unit are also reminding residents of the importance of staying safe on Lake Simcoe and surrounding bodies of water as the ice conditions can change rapidly as daily temperatures begin to rise.
The thickness of the ice can vary based on currents below the surface and temperatures above. Uneven cracks can quickly form, resulting in hazardous obstacles for snowmobilers.
Remember: No surface of ice or body of water is ever completely safe. It is crucial that citizens take individual responsibility in evaluating the dangers of any recreational activity. If you make educated choices regarding safety, accidents can be prevented.
Following these safety tips can help keep you safe:
• Know the condition of the ice before you go out and remember that changes in the weather can rapidly alter conditions on lakes and streams
• Wear proper clothing and floatation attire
• Never venture out onto the lake alone
• Ensure you have a cellphone with a fully-charged battery in the event of an emergency
• Tell someone where you are going, with whom and what time you will return
Every year, garbage and other materials get left behind on the ice in the winter. These are not only pollution, but can be hazards for swimmers and boaters in the spring and summer.
Respect the environment and the Lake Simcoe Watershed. If you took it out on the ice, then take it back on land before the ice melts.
For more information and safety tips, contact the York Regional Police Marine Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7321.
Article courtesy of Constable Laura Nicolle, York Region Police
Photo by Johanna Powell