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Ice Measurement and Safety

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To ensure the safety of Yellowknifers, the City of Yellowknife has contacted Great Slave Snowmobile Association to start ice testing when the ice begins to form on the lakes within the City.  Once ice testing has started, measurements will be posted on Monday mornings until all areas tested have reached an ice thickness of 6 inches (15 cm).

For your safety, please stay off the ice until it measures 6" as water does not freeze uniformly across it's surface.  It may be 6" where it's tested, but only 4" or 2" at a different location.

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

34 Morrison Dr. (Back Bay)

NE

6"

15.24 cm 300 m Nov 21, 2021

WardAir Dock (Back Bay)

NE

6"

 15.24 cm  300 m Nov 21, 2021 

Dettah Ice road (School Draw)

NE

6"

15.24 cm 300 m  Nov 21, 2021

Niven Lake

NE

 6"

 15.24 cm  middle  Nov 21, 2021

Yellowknife Bay (Boat Launch)

NE

6"

15.24 cm  300 m  Nov 21, 2021 

Yellowknife Bay (by Air Tindi)

NE

6"

15.24 cm   300 m  Nov 21, 2021

Fault Lake

NW

6"

15.24 cm middle Nov 21, 2021 

Long Lake (Float Plane Launch)

NW

8"

 20.32 cm 300 m Nov 21, 2021 

Long Lake (Boat Launch)

NW

7"

 17.78 cm  350 m  Nov 21, 2021

Stock Lake (Jackfish) bottom of sliding hill

 NW

 

 

6"

15.24 cm  300 m  Nov 21, 2021 

Frame Lake (by City Hall)

S

7"

17.78 cm middle  Nov 21, 2021

Frame Lake (by Co-op)

S

7"

 17.78 cm  300 m Nov 21, 2021 

Kam Lake (by City Garage)

S

 9"

22.86 cm  300 m   Nov 21, 2021

Kam Lake (off Curry Drive)

S

 8"

20.32 cm  middle  Nov 21, 2021 

Grace Lake (off 180 Kam Lake Rd.)

S

 

 

 6"

15.24 cm   300 m Nov 21, 2021 

Grace Lake (below 209 Grace Lake Rd.)

 S

 

 

  6"

 15.24 cm middle   Nov 21, 2021

Pond behind Kasteel Drive

S

7"

17.78 cm middle Nov 21, 2021 

Range Lake (behind Circle K)

S

7.5"

19.05 cm  300 m  Nov 21, 2021

Range Lake (by Parker Field)

S

6"

15.24 cm middle Nov 21, 2021 

Rat Lake

S

 7"

17.78 cm middle Nov 21, 2021 

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


Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 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 Manager - (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