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Ice Measurement and Safety

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Ice Rescue Training

Contacts

Yellowknife Fire Division
100 Taylor Road
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P4

Mailing Address:
4807 - 52 Street
P.O. Box 580
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4
P. 867-766-5500
F. 867-766-5509
firehalladministration@yellowknife.ca


With the cooler temperatures, the ice has formed earlier than usual this year.  For your safety, please stay off the ice until it measures 6 inches (15cm)

The Great Slave Snowmobile Association will start ice testing on Yellowknife lakes the weekend of October 31.  Measurements will be posted on Monday, November 2 and will be updated every following Monday until all areas tested have reached an ice thickness of 6 inches (15cm). 

 Please call 9-1-1 or 873-2222 if you see that someone has fallen through the ice or is in distress.

 Safety Tips

 The City of Yellowknife Fire Division strongly recommends that you stay off the ice until it measures 6 inches thick.  Please be careful when traveling on the ice, especially in a vehicle or on a machine, and keep these tips in mind:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Travel with a partner
  • Carry dry clothing and an emergency kit including matches
  • If travelling in a group (when snowmobiling), spread out when stopped (to spread the weight across the ice sheet)
  • Carry a form of communication to call for help if your break through the ice
  • Stay off the rivers; flowing water under the ice creates very thin ice even in cold temperatures
  • Leave a travel plan behind and an expected return date/time
  • If you are unsure of the ice thickness, drill a test hole or stay off the ice

 

 

 

Ice Assessment Thickness

 

Body of Water

Area

Inches

Centimeters

Distance from shore

Date

1

34 Morrison Dr. (Back Bay)

NE

8

 20

150

 15/11/2020

2

WardAir dock (Back Bay)

NE

 7

 18

300 

 01/11/2020

3

Dettah Ice road (School Draw)

NE

7

18

 200

15/11/2020 

4

Niven Lake

NE

18 

300 

01/11/2020 

5

Yellowknife Bay (Boat Launch)

NE

10

25

200 

15/11/2020 

6

Yellowknife Bay (by Air Tindi)

NE

9

23

150

15/11/2020 

7

Fault Lake

NW

15 

150 

01/11/2020 

8

Long Lake (Float Plane Launch)

NW

 6

15 

300 

01/11/2020 

9

Long Lake (Boat Launch)

NW

 7

 18

 300

01/11/2020 

10

Stock Lake (Jackfish) bottom of sliding hill

 NW

 

 

7

18

200

15/11/2020 

11

Frame Lake (by City Hall)

S

 10

 25

 200

 01/11/2020

12

Frame Lake (by Co-op)

S

 11

 20

MIDDLE

15/11/2020 

13

Kam Lake (by City Garage)

S

8.5

21

250

15/11/2020 

14

Kam Lake (off Curry Drive)

S

 8

20

250

15/11/2020 

15

Grace Lake (off 180 Kam Lake Rd.)

S

 

 

9

23

225

15/11/2020 

16

Grace Lake (below 209 Grace Lake Rd.)

 S

 

 

9

23

MIDDLE

15/11/2020

17

Lake behind Kasteel Drive

S

 6

15 

MIDDLE 

01/11/2020 

18

Range Lake (behind Shell)

S

 8

20 

225 

01/11/2020 

19

Range Lake (by Parker Field)

S

 8

 20

 225

01/11/2020 

19

Rat Lake

S

 8

20 

MIDDLE 

01/11/2020 

Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Administrator - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699