Police are telling snowmobilers to avoid all frozen waterways this winter.
The message comes as the OPP and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs mark Snowmobile Safety Week, for the period of January 14 to 22.
OPP says that, over the past 10 year, close to 40 per cent of investigated snowmobile fatalities have occurred on frozen lakes and rivers.
The groups say that the majority of OFSC trails, across the province, are not yet available and snowmobilers need to stay off all OFSC trails – except those that are open – as the closed trails haven’t been deemed safe.
Snowmobilers can access the OFSC’s Interactive Trail Guide online to check the status of trails.