Whitehorse Daily Star

Be careful with forming ice, city warns

If you don’t know, don’t go, the City of Whitehorse advised Thursday.

By Whitehorse Star on November 24, 2022

If you don’t know, don’t go, the City of Whitehorse advised Thursday.

It’s that time of year when rivers and lakes are slowly beginning to freeze, creating potentially dangerous conditions.

Fast-moving waterways such as the Yukon River freeze at different rates, and are even more unpredictable than lakes and ponds.

“We encourage everyone to stay off river ice, and as an alternative, please use designated ice surfaces such as community ice rinks,” the city said in a statement.

Snowmobiling, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing are some activities that will happen on the ice this winter.

Ice thickness should be at least 10 centimeters (four inches) to safely support one person, and more if vehicles are present.

Due to the warm weather, typical ice conditions will be delayed longer than usual.

“If your work or recreation activities take you out onto the ice this winter, wear a personal flotation device, and take safety equipment with you,” the city said.

“More importantly, do not go out onto the ice alone.”

If you do find yourself in a dangerous situation involving ice, please remember:

• Call 911 if you, another person or your pet needs assistance;

• Stay calm and shout for help;

• Have a long branch, rope or pole to reach someone, but do not become a victim;

• Keep low and distribute your weight as much as possible;

• If you break through the ice, make an attempt to climb out where you fell through, if possible; and

• Be prepared to start a fire to mitigate the effects of hypothermia.

Parents are encouraged to speak to their children about the dangers of going out onto the ice.

Always supervise children playing on or near ice, and keep pets on a leash.

Comments (5)

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Nathan Living on Nov 25, 2022 at 11:51 am


A few tragic events have involved people with lots of experience who had accidents when crossing ice. Their people were longtime yukoners/northerners.

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Jeff Donaldson on Nov 24, 2022 at 7:55 pm

Hey Mister Facts…..
I am from Ontario.
Bah hahahaha ya your a Yukoner good on ya.
I lived in your Territory and had to help enough Yukoners two winters ago down in the Carcross region made me sick!
Don’t go blowing smoke about how tough you think you all are cuz budz you are not.
Once I sort some knee surgeries out, this Combat Veteran is coming back up there and crushing your little Yukon Arctic Ultra!

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Mr Facts on Nov 24, 2022 at 2:20 pm

Don't worry a bunch of morons have already been venturing on ice around Whitehorse already. Can't wait for the Search and Rescue to be deployed for some hipster from Ontario. "I'm a Yukoner" No, you're not.

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Heisenberg on Nov 24, 2022 at 1:30 pm

I’m the only one who can form “ice”, I didn’t give permission to nature.

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Wilf Carter on Nov 24, 2022 at 1:07 pm

Great work

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