Week of March 29th, 2020

Hey guys,

We all need to pull together for the COVID-19 emergency.

As tempting as it is to walk down a deserted beach this time of year, the Wasaga Beach closure makes sense.

I stopped walking down the beach when the order was issued by the town and provincial government.

I’ve seen increased OPP patrols. I’d urge people not to bother heading north for the May long weekend. The beach hardly exists due to record high water anyway.

Our mayor has requested additional OPP to ticket people who show up against provincial guidelines over the long weekend (provincial parks are all closed). All to say, don’t bother.

For now, I’m no longer posting pictures or walking down the beach. Looking forward to when this is over next year or the year after.

Today I walked "parallel to the beach" rather than "to the beach". These signs prominent at every entrance. I'm…

Posted by Gord Sissons on Saturday, April 25, 2020


Sunday, March 29th, 2020 – Looking across the bay to the ski hills at Blue Mountain with ominous clouds.
Sunday, March 29th, 2020 – walking toward beach one on a warm morning in March
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 – While the folks at Auto-Tech ‘N Tire swapped my winter tires out, I used the time to walk down parts of the beach I visit less often. You can see the high water here. Usually this tree is ~ 60 feet from the shore, but today the shore was impassible.  (I highly recommend Auto-Tech ‘N Tire by the way – these guys are awesome)
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

April 2nd was kind of a pivot point. I became aware that the Wasaga Beach waterfront (a provincial park) was closed by the province. This seems a little goofy in early April when the weather is awful, but I get it – The last thing we need are 10,000 visitors showing up on a much smaller beach due to record high water.

To do my part. I’ve stopped walking down the beach effective Thursday April 2nd.

Friday, April 3rd, 2020 – With the beach and most parks in the area closed, I shifted my daily walks to new trails. I drove out to the Blueberry trails and the Oxbow and both trails were closed.
Friday, April 3rd, 2020 – This trail is 10 minutes from our home.  I’m too afraid of heights to walk this regularly. East of CR-10 near Knox along high dunes along the Nottawasaga River. I sheer 100 foot drop from this point on the trail.
Friday, April 3rd, 2020 – this pictures taken walking along high sand dunes along the river. Even 1 km south of the beach, there is nothing but sand!
Friday, April 3rd, 2020 – Jorja shares a great post on her driveway.  Schools have been closed for a few weeks.
Saturday, April 4th, 2020 – a few minutes from our place – walking along the sand dunes that border the Nottawasaga River along the east side of CR-10 near Knox..





Week of March 22nd, 2020

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Mar 22 Mar 23 Mar 24 Mar 25 Mar 26 Mar 27 Mar 28
High 3.2 3.0 7.4 11.1 11.5 4.5 9.9
Low -10.1 -2.8 -0.2 -1.1 0.5 -2.1 -2.1

A few online friends commented that this week had it all. I saw a stand-up paddle boarder, a jogger, and a snowmobiler enjoying the last traces of snow all on the same day.

It’s unusual to see open water along the shore in March. You’ll have a hard time convincing me that global warm isn’t real.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 – looking west from Wasaga Beach. This is the first paddleboarder I’ve seen this season. You don’t want to fall in the water this time of year, but this person looks well prepared.
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 – This was funny. We got up to 3C today, and with full sun and no wind it felt like a summer day.  There was one last snowmobiler criss-crossing the beach enjoying the last of the snow (mostly slush as you can see from the rooster tail above)
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 – I caught the same snowmobilers heading west – taking from near 13th street a few minutes after the previous picture.
Monday, March 23rd, 2020 – Turns out that Monday would have been better for snowmobilers – looking east across Beach One. The road is closed due to high water and will be for the summer. It’s calm today, but with record high water on Georgian Bay waves routinely sweep across the road.
Monday, March 23rd, 2020 – Taking looking east along the boardwalk just west of Beach one.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 – An incredible day. Looking across the Bay towards Collingwood and the Blue Mountains from Wasaga Beach.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 – we had south winds today helping keep the water level low. Looking east from near 18th street on my way to be main beach.
Friday, March 27th, 2020 – Usually I enter the beach at 18th street and walk east. Today, I headed west. Evidence of high water and damage is much more obvious heading west. 
Saturday, March 28th, 2020 – First boat of the season. It was far off shore, but I suspect this is the OPP boat. I understand other boats are not being allowed to launch from local marinas due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Week of March 15th, 2020

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Mar 15 Mar 16 Mar 17 Mar 18 Mar 19 Mar 20 Mar 21
High -0.6 6.9 6.2 5.4 8.8 15.6 22.9
Low -5.8 -8.3 -1.0 -4.9 -1.8 -5.4 -9.7

Sunday, March 15th, 2020 – The Bat is open except for shore ice pictures here. You can see that pressure from incoming waves are causing the ice to fragment into slabs of ice.
Sunday, March 15th, 2020 – Looking easy on my daily trek towards beach one. The sand is frozen solid.
Monday, March 16th, 2020 – well above freezing today. The ice fragmenting into slabs is more pronounced.
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 – Another warm day. Taking looking east just east of 18th street. You can see a damaged white fence that was well back from the water in prior years.
Thursday, March 19th, 2020 – The “melt continues” – Looking west across the bay toward Collingwood with the ski hills @ the Blue Mountains in the background. The bay is peppered with floating ice. As the ice melts, the concentration of sand relative to water increases making the ice increasingly dirty.
Friday, March 20th, 2020 – Strong west winds today pummeling the shore – this is almost certainly the end of the shore ice on Wasaga Beach.
Saturday, March 21st, 2020 – Sure enough – Saturday morning the ice is gone. Usually the water is far away from the boardwalk, but the water is at record high levels still. The beach is really ugly – note some weeping tile on the beach. As the high water does damage across the Great Lakes, all kinds of debris is piling up on shore.