Lake Summerside

Lake Ice Update

Published Wednesday, January 30, 2019



Feb. 4, 2019

***Ice Fishing Update***

Hey Residents,

We kindly ask that you bear with us during the next couple of weeks

while we plow out a big area on the south part of the Lake for the upcoming Winter Carnival and 3 on 3 Hockey Tournament.

We ask that ice fishing takes place on the North part of the Lake until Feb 17th.

After the 17th, feel free to fish anywhere you'd like. Any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the office @ 780-497-7558.

Thank you,
Parks Manager




January 30, 2019

***Ice Update***

Hey Residents of Summerside, I have some great news to share.

The ice surfaces on the Lake are now OPEN!

We have TWO surfaces on the Lake: Big one with the hockey nets on it is for hockey

and the smaller one next to the shore line is now for skating only (no sticks/pucks on the small rink).

The pleasure pad (area around the fire pit) is OPEN


-From your Parks Manager








January 28, 2019

Ice Update

Due to the wind and warm weather on the weekend the pleasure rink will be closed until further notice.

The lake rinks are closed until further notice also.

We will update on Facebook and webpage as soon as we have more ice information.





January 18, 2019

*Ice Update*

Hey Residents of Summerside!

With this nice cold stretch of weather we have been blessed with, our heavier equipment has started to clear an area specifically for hockey.

The rink will be bigger than the current one we have on the Lake. It is not quite ready yet, as we still need to flatten it out as much as we can for hockey use.

The smaller surface that is on the Lake will be turned into a leisurely skating area only. Stay tuned for further updates!

-Parks Manager

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Ice Information


  • Ice thickness can not be taken for granted when measured. EXAMPLE. one spot measures 10 inches, it does not mean that 15 feet away it is also 10 inches.
  • Water does not freeze evenly, that is why we take different measurements at different points in the lake to ensure the safety of everyone.
  • Blue ice is the best ice to walk, work or skate on. It is the thickest and densest ice possible. This means no air or water pockets have formed in the ice.
  • White ice is a lot lighter than blue ice because of higher water to air ratio in the ice.
  • Marbled ice is a mix of white and blue ice (medium grade ice)
Ice Safety
No matter how thick you think the ice is,
there can be weak areas that can give way at any moment,
sending you through the ice. 




Factors that Affect Ice Thickness

  • Sudden drops in temperature weaken ice
  • Slushy snow or water on top of ice may hide cracks in it
  • Snow cover over ice may warm the ice up sufficiently to weaken it - even on a cold day
  • Wildlife may contribute to weakening of ice
  • Any objects (logs, rocks) sticking out from the ice weaken it
  • Warm weather, especially springtime, makes ice unpredictable as the ice thaws