Published on January 18, 2021

Stay Safe on the Ice This Winter

Being outdoors enjoying the fun activities that winter brings is a great way to spend time as a family or catch up with friends.

When choosing an ice surface to recreate on keep in mind that not all surfaces are created equal.

Neighbourhood Boarded Rinks and Social Ice

Dad and Daughter skating wearing Oilers and Flames jersey'sPlay it safe this winter and check out the 16 neighbourhood locations with skating rinks - including a brand NEW freezeway at Lions Park.

Visit each one throughout the season and find your favourite. Updated ice condition info is always available online so you know which outdoor boarded rinks and social ice surfaces are ready for you to enjoy.

Sturgeon River

Sturgeon River during winterThe Sturgeon River is not safe to walk, skate, snowshoe, cross country ski or bring any type of vehicle onto. Even if you see others out on the river, do not go out on the ice. It is tempting to venture onto the surface, but it could result in severe injury or death. It is never safe to walk on the ice of the Sturgeon River, as water is continuously flowing beneath the surface. The City is studying if it is possible to make certain parts of the river safe for skating, but at the current time, no part of the river is safe.

Did You Know the following environmental factors affect ice thickness?

  • Water depth and size of body of water.
  • Currents, tides and other moving water (i.e., water from stormwater outfalls).
  • Chemicals, including salt.
  • Fluctuations in water levels.
  • Logs, rocks and docks absorbing heat from the sun.
  • Changing air temperature.
  • Shock waves from vehicles traveling on the ice.

Your Community Pond – Not a Pond After All

Your community pond may also look like the perfect place to play, but it has a secret. It's not a pond at all. It's a stormwater management facility and its unpredictable ice thickness also makes it unsafe for all activities.

Unsure if there is a stormwater management facility in your neighbourhood? This map identifies the stormwater facilities in St. Albert.

Stormwater management facilities experience fluctuating water levels, varied water quality (i.e., salt from roads and other pollutants), and temperature changes from weather conditions making these facilities unpredictable and not safe for use. To learn more, check out the video below:

Graphics provided in partnership with EPCOR.

Remember to follow all current Provincial Public Health Measures on COVID-19 when interacting with anyone outside your household.

Please note: All photos used within the article are of groups of individuals who are from the same household.


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Last edited: January 20, 2021