For Everyone's Sake - Watch Your Wake!

July 30, 2021
Parks, Recreation, & Culture
For everyone's sake - watch your wake

Reminders of the Dangers Wakes can cause:

  • Wake can create damage in an instant or over a longer period, depending on the circumstances.
  • Wake striking our shorelines can cause rapid and severe erosion, exposing the roots of vegetation and disrupting wildlife habitats.
  • Wakes can rock, swamp, or capsize other vessels, especially rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards.
  • Wakes can be very dangerous for swimmers who may be knocked off balance, slammed against the shore wall, against another swimmer, or lost from view and vulnerable to being struck.
  • Some floating docks are susceptible to be moved by wakes, thus throwing someone standing on one off balance.
  • Wakes can damage boats secured to docks.
  • Wakes build on each other in areas where they are reflected off of solid walls, such as those in the Collingwood Harbour.