Family Day – Enjoy Time Near the Waterways Safely

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THUNDER BAY – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are reminding the public to stay safe this Family Day weekend by staying away from ice near dams and hydroelectric stations.

“Family Day weekend is always a great time to get outdoors with your family and friends to enjoy your favourite winter activity like snowshoeing, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing,” said Mike Martelli, OPG President Renewable Generation. “Always check ice conditions before going out on the water to make sure it is safe and stay away from ice near hydroelectric stations and dams.”

Ice forming near OPG dams and stations is often much thinner than ice elsewhere due to the changing flows and water conditions. This ice is not safe for winter activities such as fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The areas near OPG dams and hydroelectric stations have warning signs, buoys, fences, booms and barriers to warn people of the dangers of coming too close.

Enjoy this Family Day weekend and remember to stay clear and stay safe. For more water safety information, please visit

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