Stay Clear, Stay Safe This Family Day

Manitou Falls Generating Station (CNW Group/Ontario Power Generation Inc.)

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) reminds you to stay away from hydroelectric facilities while you’re enjoying the great outdoors this Family Day weekend.

No matter the temperature, ice near OPG’s hydroelectric facilities may not be safe: changing water levels may cause ice to crack, leaving it weak and unstable, and currents may prevent thick ice from forming, even after a stretch of very cold days. Reports from across the province indicate ice was late to form in many areas this winter, which increases potential for unsafe conditions.

Please stay away from water above and below hydro facilities and obey all warning signs and barriers.

For more information about water safety, please visit:

Quick facts

  • OPG operates 66 hydroelectric stations and 241 dams on 24 Ontario river systems.
  • Despite continued warnings, some people disregard our signs and barriers, putting themselves at risk.
  • OPG works with Ontario Provincial Police to enforce these warnings and police could lay charges.

“Family Day weekend is a great time to enjoy winter activities, but please ensure you and yours keep safety top-of-mind,” said Paul Seguin, OPG Senior Vice President, Renewable Generation. “As you enjoy this holiday weekend, stay clear of OPG’s hydroelectric facilities.”


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