Think twice about ice! At any time throughout the season, ice thickness is unpredictable and can change quickly. The shorelines of lakes, rivers and creeks are especially slippery and pose serious hazards. Falling into open water can result in hypothermia or drowning.
Please use extreme caution around all waterbodies by:
- Regularly testing ice thickness and staying off ice that may cover flowing water;
- Reminding children about the dangers of playing on or near ice-covered surfaces and open water;
- Keeping pets on leash near frozen water bodies.
The RVCA does not monitor or maintain ice conditions anywhere, including its 11 public conservation areas. This includes the Rideau River and its tributaries, as well as the ponds, lakes and other bodies of water within our parks.