Snowmobilers alerted about unsafe ice conditions on Lake Simcoe

Aerial view of Lake Simcoe by OPP shows open water

All is not as it appears on Lake Simcoe despite the ice cover.

Provincial police on Tuesday afternoon updated an alert to snowmobile riders to stay off Lake Simcoe. Aerial footage tweeted by the OPP shows open water due to cracking and shifting of ice.

Earlier on Tuesday, Orillia OPP said they had received reports of ice breaking up in areas travelled by snowmobiles near Hawkestone. Police are reminding riders to always follow marked trails, and if you are going to go out on ice, to be sure to check conditions and have the proper safety gear.

In York Region, police marine unit officers have observed inconsistent ice thickness as well as jagged wall formations.

Photo provided: York Regional Police

Police tweeted a photo of a shelf they said spanned several hundred metres northeast from Jackson’s Point near Georgina Island. They said the ice was 4′ high and very hard to see, making it dangerous for people riding snowmobiles.