Above all, the company stressed that no one should walk on frozen water under any circumstances -no matter how tempting this may be.
The nine mile long Crinan Canal is visited all year round by walkers, joggers, boaters and cyclists and can look particularly attractive during the snowy weather, but British Waterways Scotland’s message is to stay SAFE (Stay Away From the Edge).
Towpaths, bridges and lock-sides can be particularly slippery during the winter months and snow can conceal trip hazards such as boat mooring rings close to the water’s edge.
Adults should also ensure that children walking or cycling near the canal are aware of the dangers of getting too close to the edge.
Phil Martin, Waterway Manager, Lowlands, British Waterways Scotland, said: “Winter is a lovely time to visit the Crinan Canal. Indeed, the reflection of frost, ice and snow on the canal makes it a particularly attractive time to walk along the canalside, take photographs, draw or paint.
“It is vital, though, that people recognise that they need to take extra care. Children, in particular, should always be accompanied by an adult when they visit the canal and should be made aware of the potential hazards and the need to stay SAFE and Stay Away From the Edge at all times.”
For more information on Scotland’s canals, visit www.scottishcanals.co.uk