According to the Lifesaving Society, did you know that 35 per cent of drownings in Canada occur from October to April and ice accidents account for most of these incidents? Although it’s tempting to want to skate, walk or play hockey on frozen bodies of water, it’s very dangerous. Many lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks have deep water, weak ice and constantly changing water levels – putting you at risk of falling through the ice.
The City of Mississauga Parks By-law prohibits people from going on snow or ice-covered ponds, lakes, streams, rivers and other bodies of water in City parks that are not maintained for the safety of the community. If you see someone venturing on any City-owned bodies of water (E.g. Osprey Marsh, Lake Aquitaine) during the winter, notify the City by calling 311 (905-615-4311 outside of City limits). The City will dispatch an enforcement officer to come to the site to seek compliance through education, but will take enforcement action if required.
While COVID-19 has restricted many traditional winter fun activities, outdoor skating is something you can still participate in safely, while getting exercise and enjoying some fresh air outdoors.
If you’d like to skate in Mississauga, you can visit three City-operated rinksor one of 37 natural ice rinks in neighbourhood parks. Find a natural ice rink near you by viewing the City’s interactive map.
When skating outdoors, it’s important to have fun in a safe manner. Remember to continue practising public health measures including:
- Staying a safe distance of two metres (six feet) from others
- Wearing a face covering
- Staying home if you are ill and getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19
If visiting a City-operated rink, please register at activemississauga.ca. You do not need to register to use a natural ice rink.