A group of skaters took a photo after a day of hockey on Whonnock Lake on December 30. (Clayton Gagnon Facebook / Special to The News)

Sub-zero temperatures mean shining on Maple Ridge Lake

Skaters were on Whonnock Lake, but town says it’s not safe

The silver lining of the Holiday Cold Snap in the Lower Mainland was skating on Whonnock Lake.

It’s a traditional Canadian pastime, but a relatively rare event that Lake Maple Ridge freezes enough to accommodate groups of skaters. As temperatures fell below zero for consecutive days, Maple Ridge hockey players and other skaters took advantage of the ice that formed on the hidden gem in eastern Maple Ridge.

A group of skaters included this photo of themselves for an outdoor hockey game, and it apparently included a number of members of the Ridge Meadows Midget Triple A team. They were on the ice on December 30 and even had a fire in an inferno to warm up next door.

The City of Maple Ridge does not recommend skating on any local body of water at any time, especially not after the recent warming trend.

“The city does not monitor ice levels on local streams and lakes, and we do not recommend that people skate or walk on, or on, local lakes and streams,” said spokesperson Fred Armstrong.

“There was a brief period of very cold weather, but the temperature variability that we see in the forecast, as well as the amount of precipitation, poses a risk to citizens. “

In the past, the city has advised residents to ensure the ice is 20 centimeters (eight inches) thick before it can be considered safe. The Canadian Red Cross Ice safety guidelines say blue ice is the strongest – twice the strength of white ice. Gray ice is considered dangerous.

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