BC Parks is warning about the dangers of frozen lakes at Alice Lake and Murrin Provincial Parks.
“Frozen lakes are extremely dangerous and ice thickness is not monitored. Our recommendation is to stay off the ice,” BC Parks said.
“Should you choose to proceed onto the lake, do this is at your own risk.”
According to Canadian Red Cross, ice thickness needs to be 15 cm for walking or skating, 20 cm for skating parties or games, and 25 cm for snowmobiles.
Factors that affect ice thickness include type of water, location, time of year and environmental factors such as water depth, chemicals, water level fluctuations, and changing air temperature, etc.
BC Parks had earlier also cautioned people that trails and parking lots in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park are not maintained during winter, and people using them will be doing so at their own risk.
“You may encounter deep snow, ice and slippery conditions. Micro spikes or snowshoes are strongly recommended. Use at your own risk,” BC Parks said in an update last week.
“During cold conditions, ice may form. Trail may be slippery. Watch for falling ice and debris,” BC Parks said.
Similar warnings were posted for Alice Lake, Shannon Falls and Murrin provincial parks.
Meanwhile, BC Parks is also suggesting that people going to Mount Seymour and Cypress Provincial Parks should wear masks.
“All visitors are encouraged to wear a mask while travelling through congested areas including parking lots, at the trailheads, and at viewing areas. As per PHO regulations, all park visitors must wear a mask when inside any park facility,” BC Parks said.