OPP want to remind you that the recent cold temperatures may not have made as much ice as you may think.
Ice surface users are reminded that no body of water freezes the same and that no ice is safe ice, knowing before you go are really important points if you should venture out on frozen surfaces. The strong winds along with high and low water levels of the recent storms also has put intense stress on the ice that has formed on the back bays and open areas of Southern Georgian Bay.
Make sure you have a plan. Communicating with family and friends is very important before heading out on the ice.
Having the proper equipment such as a floater suit, ice picks, a throw line, GPS and or cellphone are extremely important should you break through the ice surface.
Some area municipalities do have a bylaw in place with a process for full cost recovery of emergency services costs provided to the rescued persons.
Remember, no ice is safe ice, know before you go and consider the risks to yourself and others should you venture out on frozen surfaces.