The power of the lake is beautiful. Cresting waves sweeping across piers and the shore fills you with a sense of awe and daring. However the lake’s power should be treated with respect.
Concerned members of the Public emailed Public Works highlighting the dangers of waves cresting the piers (leading out into Lake Ontario) and the reckless behaviour of some people.
To address this immediate safety concern, Public Works (along with Transport Canada’s support) will place large concrete blocks on either side of the trail heads leading out to the piers on both the north and south sides of the Burlington Canal. The concrete blocks will be spaced wide enough to allow emergency and maintenance vehicles access to the piers and surrounding lands. Signage will be installed to remind the public of the risks: winds can cause waves to crest the piers even during periods with low lake levels; there is no winter maintenance during the winter months so it can be very slippery to walk on the piers.