"Please don't do this": Police warn visitors to stay off thin ice at Joffre Lakes

Nov 12 2019, 4:52 pm

Whistler RCMP are warning people that standing on thin ice can lead to very dangerous results after several visitors were photographed on Joffre Lakes this weekend.

“This is from yesterday on Joffre Lakes…. please don’t do this, it hasn’t been cold enough and the ice hasn’t got thick enough, it’s not ready yet!” stated Whistler RCMP on Twitter.

Located 35 kilometres east of Pemberton, Joffre Lakes has long been a go-to for locals and tourists looking to get out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer but police want visitors to keep safety as a top priority.

According to BC Adventure Smart, ice 10 cm thick is safe enough for walking or cross country skiing. Ice 7 cm or less in thickness is unsafe for any activity.

On its website, BC Parks says there are no emergency services available at Joffre Lakes Park and “visitors should be self-sufficient in this remote wilderness environment and properly equipped for self-rescue.”

With files from Eric Zimmer.