Bay Ward is blessed to have such close access to the water. In summer we enjoy walks along the NCC path, the beach, swimming, windsurfing etc. During winter the water freezes over and many many residents ski, ice surf, and even skate on the water. However, when the weather is mild over an extended period, the ice might not be safe. No one monitors or maintains ice conditions on the Ottawa River.
On January 13th, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) published the following Wartershed Conditions Statement:
- Mild Winter Causing unstable Ice throughout the Rideau Watershed
The RVCA reminds the public to exercise extreme caution around all water-bodies by:
- Regularly testing ice thickness and staying off ice that may cover flowing water
- Reminding children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces and open water
- Keeping pets on leash near frozen water bodies.