Vancouver skaters warned to stay off ice as weather warms

All ferries from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay and back canceled for Sunday

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The Vancouver Parks Board has issued a thin ice warning to the many people who have played pond hockey in the past few days.

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“With temperatures warming, it is not safe for people to go on the ice that has formed on lakes and ponds,” the board said in a prepared statement released Sunday morning.

“Staff monitor the thickness of the ice daily, and at the moment the average ice thickness is less than 3.5 inches, while it should be between 7 and 8 inches to be safe.”

The unusually cold weather in southwestern British Columbia over the past week has frozen ponds and small lakes in the area and made them perfect places for ice skating and hockey.

Some of the most popular places to skate in the city include Vanier Park, Jericho Beach Park, and Trout Lake.

According to the parks council, if you fall through the ice, yell for help, grab the ice and grab it, kick hard and push your stomach on the ice, then roll like a log on the ice .

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“If you can’t get out of it, hold on to the ice and keep yelling until help arrives,” the parks council said.

Vancouver vet Dr Lauren Adelman said people walking their dogs should stay away from frozen water as there is no way to know if the ice will support their dog’s weight. . It could be fatal if a dog breaks the ice.

“If a dog breaks the ice, owners might instinctively try to save their pets, putting both in danger and lives being lost by drowning every year. The best way for owners to protect themselves and their pets is to avoid frozen water and keep their dogs on a leash, ”Adelman said in a statement.

On Sunday morning, a snowfall warning that was in effect in the Metro Vancouver area rose as the weather warmed.

The weather is expected to be wet and cold, but not freezing, for the next few days.

Meanwhile, BC Ferries has canceled several crossings Sunday due to high winds including all trips from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay and back.

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