Warmer weather could put a wrench into your favourite winter sports.
The Ministry of Environment says things like ice fishing and snowmobiling are being impacted because of the lack of snow and softer ice.
Conservation Officer John Moysey said if you still want to go to the ice hut, you have to make sure the ice is thick enough. “The guidelines that are in place recommend four inches for somebody to walk on, eight inches to drive a snowmobile or an ATV, 12 inches for a car or a small truck and anything more than 12 inches for a heavy truck to drive on.”
The ministry adds that if you plan on heading onto the ice, you need to make sure you have the proper equipment with you. “Winter clothing, prepare for any weather just like any other trip,” said Moysey. “when they are on the ice, we recommend ice picks and stuff like that so if they were to go through, they would be able to get themselves out.”
Moysey adds that you should also let someone know when you will be heading out and plan to be back, just in case something happens. He said if you follow these guidelines, you should have a fun and safe trip.