Week of August 4th, 2019

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Aug 4 Aug 5 Aug 6 Aug 7 Aug 8 Aug 9 Aug 10
High 25 28 26 27 26 26 25
Low 20 17 20 21 18 16 14

I was working on the Civic Holiday (August 5th) so I headed down for my usual noon walk down the beach thinking it was a regular work day. Big mistake. Not a parking spot to be had anywhere. I got frustrated and decided to walk the Blueberry Trails instead – definitely a better choice on a long weekend!

Monday August 5th, 2019 – Entering the Blueberry trail
Monday August 5th, 2019 – about 30 minutes into the Blueberry trail just before the hilly parts on the backside.
Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 – The beach was deserted on Tuesday – a little rain always helps! It’s nice to see the crowds but also nice to see them go.

On Friday August 9th, Michelle and I were running some errands and planning a trip to Barrie. On a whim, we decided that Barrie was too far and we should check out a rooftop patio at the main beach instead. Turned out to be a good call. A steady warm west wind resulted in a mini-storm surge and Beach drive was flooded. You can see where the down anticipated this and tried to create sand berms, but the water was too high and flooded the main road.  It looks pretty, and made for an interesting day, but the damage and expense to remove all the sand from the road was enormous.

Friday, August 9th, 2019 – Taken from our rooftop vantage point at the Dard – water washing across the main road at Wasaga Beach due to record high water levels on the great lakes.
Friday, August 9th, 2019 – Michelle holding onto her drink so it doesn’t blow away
Friday, August 9th, 2019 – If you look close we have “whitecaps” on Beach Drive – LOL
Friday, August 9th, 2019 – The berms created in anticipation of high water levels unable to protect the road way.

Week of July 29th, 2019

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
July 28 July 29 July 30 July 31 Aug 1 Aug 2 Aug 3
High 29 29 28 26 26 27 28
Low 22 22 19 17 17 18 17

Monday, July 29th, 2019 – A warm, overcast Monday. You can see that the beach is a scant two feet wide as long as there is a south wind – there is no beach at all when winds are from the W / NW.
Monday, July 29th, 2019 – erosion along the waterfront as occasional high waves disrupt the root systems of trees along the shore.

For the later part of this week I shifted my daily walks from South Georgian Bay (Wasaga Beach) to North Georgian Bay (visiting Manitoulin Island) – The Island is prettier and a lot less populated.

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 – This is the bridal veil falls at Kagawong, Ontario.
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 – I waded out in the river to get this picture looking upstream towards the falls.
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 – Before you ask, this is not the Wasaga Beach boardwalk – This is the Providence Bay boardwalk across the south shore of Manitoulin Island on Georgian Bay – The water is high here affecting an excellent beach. I think this is even prettier than Wasaga Beach and definitely a lot less crowded!
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 – Our friends the Piping Plover are also protect up at Providence Bay although Manitoulin does not have a large-scale conservation effort as we do at Wasaga Beach – they are less threatened on Manitoulin because there are not as many people on the beach.

 

Week of July 21st, 2019

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
July 21 July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27
High 29 24 26 26 28 29 28
Low 22 19 17 17 17 18 19
Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 – look west from the boardwalk toward Beach two – a perfect summer day.
Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 – taken on 13th street – this goes to show that you don’t need to walk very far from the main beach to find peace and quiet even during peak season.
Thursday, July 25th, 2019 – at the east end of the main beach east. People are hiding out among the Plovers to avoid the crowds on the main beach.
Thursday, July 25th, 2019 – Looking west, the main beach is plenty busy – part of the problem is that the beach is smaller than previous years because of high water.
Friday, July 26th, 2019 – I boat anchored just offshore east of beach one.
Friday, July 26th, 2019 – A WW I era biplane showing off flying low across beach one. Not even an airshow today. Don’t see this every day.