The Canadian Coast Guard has advised residents near Bath, Ontario that there will be icebreaking operations in the area on or around March 21, 2022.
“The purpose of this annual operation is to break up the ice in order to allow commercial vessels safe and efficient movement,” the Coast Guard said in the advisory. “It is recommended that all traffic on the ice, including pedestrians, fishers, snowmobilers, and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators, leave the ice during icebreaking operations.”
The Canadian Coast Guard warns that the ice may move, creating a danger for anyone on it. “Additionally, plan activities carefully and use extreme caution after operations are complete as the ice will remain unstable even once the icebreaker has left the area,” the service said.
According to the Coast Guard, icebreaking service on the Great Lakes and connecting waterways is delivered through close co- operation between the Canadian and United States Coast Guards. “By working together, the two Coast Guards ensure scheduled vessel traffic can move through the shipping channels and in and out of community harbours. Vessels will be assigned as needed to provide this service.”
The Coast Guard service said that circumstances may require changes to the expected icebreaking timeline. “The date and assets are subject to change with no notice, as activities could begin before or after that period, depending on operational requirements or weather conditions.”