The Canadian Coast Guard Ships Samuel Risley and Griffon escort a commercial ship through heavy ice on the St. Clair River Jan 15 2015. Photo credit: Richard Dompierre. (Used with permission.)

Coast Guard Icebreaking Begins

Coast Guard icebreaking operations to assist commercial shipping in Ontario began Thursday.

The Canadian Coast Guard, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ontario Provincial Police, remind all recreational ice users to plan their activities carefully and use caution on the ice.

We’re warned to stay away from shipping routes and icebreaking operations throughout the Great Lakes.

The Canadian Coast Guard says its Central and Arctic Region will continue to work with industry in the coming months to ensure scheduled vessel traffic can move through the shipping channels and into and out of community harbours safely and efficiently.