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Safety Guidelines

Ice Factors

Many factors affecting ice thickness includes: Type of water, location, time of year, and other 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 traveling on the ice

Ice Colour

The colour of the ice may be an indication of its strength:

  • Clear blue ice is strongest
  • White opaque or snow ice is half as strong as blue ice; opaque ice is formed by wet snow freezing on the ice
  • Grey ice is unsafe - the grayness indicates the presence of water

Did you know ice thickness should be:

  • 15 cm for walking or skating alone
  • 20 cm for skating parties or games
  • 25 cm for snowmobiles

Be safe. Avoid going out on ice at night and always check conditions before venturing out.

For more information, please visit the Red Cross website at: www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=2570&tid=024

Random ice thickness testing is done on each pond and lake in HRM, providing general ice conditions which can vary over the ice surface.

Please use extreme caution in areas where streams flow in and out of lakes.

Persons using the ponds and lakes do so at their own risk.

Ice Thickness Reports - All
Lake Name Location Checked (cm) Status Checked
Albro Lake (Big) Beach Area Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Albro Lake (Little) # 27 Limardo Drive Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Banook Lake Birch Cove Beach (44 Oakdale Court) Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Banook Lake Graham's Grove Beach Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Banook Lake Lion's Club beach area Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Barrett Lake Across from 691 Beaver Bank Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Belchers Marsh At Parkland and Red Fern Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Belchers Pond Little Belchers Pond at Parkland and Carlina Court Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Bell Lake Abenaki Canoe Club Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Bissett Lake Beach Area at Park Entrance off Colby Drive Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Catamaran Pond At end of Lewis St Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Chocolate Lake Behind Best Western Hotel Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Cow Bay Lake Cow Bay Beach Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Cranberry Lake Wildwood Blvd Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Doyle's Pond Old Sambro Road between Club Road and Fraser Rd Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Duck Lake At pumping station on Bustin Avenue (Woodbine Trailer Park) Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Duck Pond Cole Harbour Commons Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Fairbanks Fairbanks Interpretation Center. Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
First Lake At Kinsmen Centre Beach Thin Ice, & Open Water 05/01/17
First Lake Across from Pinehill Drive Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Five Island Lake 151 Granite Cove Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Flag Pond 1775 Cow Bay Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Frenchmans Lake Spectacle Lake Drive Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Frog Pond At Purcell's Cove Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Governor's Lake Beechville/Lakeside/Timberley Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Grand Lake Williamswood at 3100 Old Sambro Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Graves Oakley Pond Off Leiblin Drive Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Greys Lake (or Pennant Lake) At West Pennant Road & Charles Gray Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Hail Pond Off Northwest Arm Drive Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Half Mile Lake Red Maple / Maplewood Subdivision Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Hatchett Lake End of Lake Road off Prospect Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Henry Lake or Grover Lake Behind Harrietsfield Rec Centre, 1150 Old Sambro Rd Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Hubley Mill Lake 97 Hubley Mill Lake Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Kearney Lake At Beach Area Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Keith's Lake Next to 1018 Cobequid Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Kidston Lake At Beach Area off Feldspar Crescent Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Kinsac lake Across from 779 Fall River Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Lake Charles Shubie Beach Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Lake Echo Community Center Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Lake Fletcher Behind Fort Scenic Apartments Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Lake Major By Mailbox on Old German Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Lake Thomas At Lake Thomas Trailer Park Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Lake Williams Behind 2767 Lake Thomas Drive Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Lake Williams At Lands and Forests Thin Ice & Open Water 05/01/17
Long Lake Lake Major Road at Second Bridge Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Long Pond At Beach Area - Herring Cove Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Loon Lake Hwy #7 at Legion Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
MacDonald Pond Shore Road Eastern Passage Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Maynards Lake Beach area Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
McCoy's Pond Across from 51 Church Lake Drive Lake Echo Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
MicMac Boat Launch Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Middle Porters Lake Across from #149 Bellfountaine Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Miller Lake 131 Sanctuary Court Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Morash Pond Woodlawn Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Morris Lake Beach Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Morris Pond At Kinsman Beach ( 759 Caldwell Rd) Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Nelson Lake # 2217 Number 7 Highway Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Oathill Lorne Avenue Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Paper Mill Lake At Moirs Mill Mill Run Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Paper Mill Lake At Lake Drive Beach Area Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Penhorn Lake Beach Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Porter's Lake Across from trailer at # 37 The Other Street Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Powder Mill Lake On Rocky Lake Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Punch Bowl Off Punch Bowl Drive Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Red Bridge Pond Braemar Drive Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Roaches Pond Near parking lot - Herring Cove Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Rocky Lake Caldwell Road by Shearwater Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Russell Lake By wharf (Baker Drive) Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Settle Lake Beach Area Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Sheldrake Lake At Playground Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Springfield Lake At Beach Area Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Tucker Lake Across from 1331 Beaver Bank Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Whimsical Lake At Beach Area - Mabou Ave Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17
Williams Lake At end of Acorn Road Thin Ice, Open Water 05/01/17