River Ice Advisory

Last updated March 29, 2021

Alberta Environment and Parks has issued a River Ice Advisory for the breakup of the Peace River at the Town of Peace River.

The breakup of the Peace River ice cover is expected between Friday April 2, and Sunday April 4. Satellite imagery located the Peace River ice front at km 361 on March 28 at 7:10 MST. This location is approximately 35 km upstream of the Highway 2 bridge in the Town of Peace River. The ice in between the ice front and TPR remains intact, and river breakup is at this time is primarily thermally driven, with the ice melting in place from upstream to downstream. No large scale shifting of the ice cover has yet occurred.

No ice-related issues are expected as the Peace River breaks up through Town. Water levels are expected to drop by 1.5 -2.5 m as the ice cover melts. Water levels and ice conditions on the Peace River can change quickly and the ice may be unstable.

Snowmelt in the Smoky basin remains stalled due to the colder weather. The Smoky River remains intact with little sign of thermal deterioration. March 1st measurements indicate that the snowpack in the Smoky basin is below average to slightly below average. New snowpack measurements will be conducted at the end of March.

When the Smoky River breaks up, ice runs from the Smoky River will travel through the Town of Peace River, causing local high water levels. Alberta Environment and Parks will continue to monitor ice conditions in the Smoky Basin.

Additional information including reports, observation maps and satellite images, is available from Alberta Environment and Parks at: https://rivers.alberta.ca/.

Information from the Town of Peace River

Spring Breakup Preparations

Ahead of this year’s breakup and melt season this is what the Town of Peace River has been doing to prepare:

  • Public Works have been busy prefilling sandbags that are being prepositioned downtown. In case they are needed they will be accessible quickly.
  • All of our pumps are being checked for condition and function.
  • A new trailer-mounted diesel-powered 8” stormwater trash pump has been ordered this year, with delivery scheduled for the first week of May.
  • A walkthrough of Pat’s Creek was completed by Town staff in early-March to check on the status and condition of the viaduct.
  • We are continuing to monitor tributaries like Pat’s Creek and the Heart River.
  • A temporary dam system (Tiger Dam) has been procured and is available for deployment if needed.
  • We are clearing out stormwater catch basins and culverts on an ongoing basis.
  • The stormwater gate by the downtown mall was also replaced last year to ensure proper operation in high water events.

Ice Safety

the Frozen river is never safe, however, this time of year it is particularly dangerous. Ice cover is unpredictable and weakened. Please do not go on the ice.

Communication During Break Up & Melt Season

Any updates related to the river break-up or high-water events will be shared on the Town’s website (peaceriver.ca), our social media, and through the Voyent Alert System. Information on how to sign up for alerts is below.

Emergency Preparedness

Break-up season is a good time for your family to review your household emergency plan and emergency kit. More info regarding emergency preparedness is linked below, or visit Get Prepared.ca for great resources on developing your plan.


Voyent Alert!

River Ice

Emergency Preparedness