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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


Yellowknife Ice Safety

Ice testing on the Yellowknife Lakes is now complete. Please continue to use caution when on the ice as there are a variety of factors which cause ice to form more slowly in certain areas, such as moving water. 

Do not use the Yellowknife River as a travel corridor in the winter and stay away from the channel between the boat launch and Prosperous Lake.

 When snowmobiling, we advise taking the following precautions:

  • Always travel with a buddy;
  • Tell people where you are going and when you are expected back;
  • Bring an extra set of warm clothing and consider purchasing a floatation snowmobile suit;
  • Spread out the weight of snow machines and do not park them close together on the ice;    
  • Ensure you have the following safety equipment with you:  ice picks, rope, cellphone packed in a waterproof container, first aid kit, flashlight, waterproof matches or lighter, tool kit, candles and survival blanket.
  • As when using the road system, do not drive a snow machine while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. 

When walking on the ice “light up”.  Wear reflective clothing and/or a form of illumination to ensure snow machine operators can see you.  Be aware of your surroundings.

See below for tips on rescue if you or a buddy has fallen through the ice. 

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

ICE ASSESSMENT THICKNESS

             
  Body of water Area Ice Thickness Est. distance from shore Date
Inches Centimeters Meters

1

Back Bay (beside 34 Morrison)

NE

8"

20

200

Nov 10/19

2

Back Bay (Wardair Dock)

NE

9"

23

200

Nov 10/19

3

Dettah Ice Road (School Draw)

NE

7"

18

500

Nov 10/19

4

Niven Lake

NE

6"

15

Center

Nov 3/19

5

Yellowknife Bay (Boat Launch)

NE

6"

15

250

Nov 10/19

6

Yellowknife Bay (by Air Tindi)

NE

7"

18

Center

Nov 10/19
             

7

Fault Lake

NW

8"

20

Center

Nov 10/19

8

Long Lake Plane Launch

NW

6"+

15+

100

Nov 10/19

9

Long Lake Boat Launch

NW

6"+

15+

100

Nov 10/19

10

Stock Lake (Jackfish) bottom of sliding hill

NW

7"

18

250

Nov 10/19
             

11

Frame Lake (by City Hall)

S

7"

18

100

Nov 3/19

12

Frame Lake (by Co-op)

S

6"

15

150

Nov 3/19

 13

 Kam Lake (by City Garage)

 S

 6.5"

16.5 

125 

Nov 10/19

14 

 Kam Lake (off Curry Drive)

 S

 7"

18 

300 

Nov 10/19

 15

 Grace Lake (off 180 Kam Lake Road)

 S

5.5" 

14 

225 

Nov 10/19

 16

 Grace Lake (below 209 Grace Lake Road)

 5.5"

14 

70 

Nov 10/19

17

Pond behind Kasteel Drive

S

6"

15

Center

Nov 3/19

18

Range Lake (behind Circle K)

S

6"

15

100

Nov 3/19

19

Range Lake (by Parker Field)

S

6"

15

100

Nov 3/19

20

Rat Lake

S

6"

15

Center

Nov 3/19

 

What to do if the person you are with falls through the ice:
  • Keep calm
  • Don't run up to the hole; you may fall through as well
  • Use an item to throw or extend to the victim, such as jumper cables, skis, rope or push a boat ahead of you
  • Get immediate medical assistance for the victim; people subjected to the extreme cold may seem fine after being rescued, but could still be at risk of life threatening conditions
  • If you are unable to rescue the victim, call the Fire Division
What to do if you fall in the ice:
  • Remain calm and look towards the shore
  • Place your hands and arms on the unbroken surface of the ice
  • Work forward on the ice by kicking your feet; this will assist you in keeping your body horizontal and help you "swim" out of the hole in the ice
  • If the ice breaks, maintain your position and slide forward again; if this doesn't work - keep trying!
  • Once you are lying on the ice, don't stand up, instead roll away from the hole
  • Crawl back through your original track and ensure that your weight is spread out until you are on solid ice or on shore
  • Seek immediate medical assistance

 

 

 

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 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