GRCA Issues Winter Safety Message: Exercise Caution Near All Waterways

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority reminds residents of dangers that can exist around waterways during winter runoff conditions and that individuals should exercise caution and keep family and pets at a safe distance from the water’s edge.

Currently, water levels are normal for this time of year, however frozen ground conditions will cause any snowmelt and/or significant runoff to flow directly to local watercourses. In addition, any ice cover on ponds, lakes and local waterways may become unstable as warm temperatures and rainfall may weaken and break ice cover. Recreational activities on ice covered ponds and lakes should be avoided due to unsafe conditions. 

While enjoying nature over the holidays during the COVID lockdown, we urge you to be aware of your surrounding conditions. With rain expected on Christmas Eve, all waterways will be flowing higher than normal. Cold and fast flowing water can be extremely hazardous, especially with the presence of slippery stream banks.

Be safe this winter and remember the following tips:

  • Keep family and pets away from all bodies of water
  • Frozen bodies of water are extremely hazardous and should be avoided at all times
  • Tailor your winter outdoor activities to trails at your local parks

For more information, contact your local Conservation Authority.

  • Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority: (905) 885-8173
  • Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority: (905) 895-1281
  • Toronto & Region Conservation Authority: (416) 661-6514
  • Conservation Halton: (905) 336-1158
  • Credit Valley Conservation: (905) 670-1615
  • Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority: (905) 579-0411
  • Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority: (705) 424-1479
  • Kawartha Conservation: (705) 328-2271