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The safe ice thickness varies depending on the activity and the number of people. This is the minimum thickness that will be strong enough not to crack under your feet. It is essential to learn about the thickness before rushing to the center of the lake.

Under 7 cm or 3 in.

Danger ! Do not venture out onto the ice. No matter what your activity is, you might get through it, so it's best to avoid drowning.

If ever such a scenario happens to you and the ice breaks under your feet, perform the self rescue method.

Around 10 cm or 4''.

You can start going out on the ice for individual activities without having several people at one place.

Que ce soit pour la marche, la pêche sur glace, le ski de fond ou le patin, la glace supportera votre poids.

Around 15 cm or 6 in.

You can start to gather together on the ice with confidence. You could then play a game of hockey!

And if that's not your style, you can also switch to snowmobile or ATV.

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Around 20 cm ou 8''.

The ice can now support the weight of your car, if it is a light car, such as a city car or a SUV.

So there is no more hesitation for other activities!

Around 30 cm or 12''.

Vous pourrez vous stationner (ou rouler) en pick-up ou minivan sur la glace, qui supportera très bien votre véhicule.

Whatever your activity is this winter, here are some accessories to keep you warm on the ice or in the snow!

Several factors are playing in the thickness of the ice: the depth and extent of the lake or river, currents and tides, the products used on the ice, the natural elements blocked in the ice (wood, rock,. ..), temperature changes and the number of comes and go of vehicles or people. It is important to ask about the ice conditions before you practice your activity and not to try the ice yourself. Professionals are there to study the ice and advise you. On average 7 people drown in winter every year in Quebec's province. This figure can be decreased with the help of these professionals.