This week we watched the shore ice slowly disappear. This was a gentle winter compared to years passed. We rarely say the bay fully frozen and I felt safe enough to walk out on the ice only a few times.
Sunday, March 14th, 2021 – looking west across the Bay towards Collingwood on a Sunday morning walk. Above freezing and the ice berms are still protecting the shore.
Saturday, March 20th, 2021 – Taken in the evening from near beach 6 looking towards the Collingwood terminals – the shore ice is all but gone from this end of the beach.
Saturday, March 20th, 2021 – Around noon the same day. Looking west from beach one across the boardwalk.
Saturday, March 20th, 2021 – Taking a shortcut at 13th street to get off the beach.
Saturday, March 20th, 2021 – taken in the evening at beach six near 50th street – lots of open water, but persistent shore ice.
Most days this week I walked down the beach twice. The evening pictures are taken from the west end of the beach between 50th and 57th street.
Sunday, March 7th, 2021 – Taken from the beach exit at 50th street. The terminals across the bay are closer from this end of the beach.
Sunday, March 7th, 2021 – The Beach 6 washrooms and change station at beach 6 as the sun sets.
Sunday, March 7th, 2021 – The partially frozen bay, looking northwest towards the blue mountains.
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 – Taken at beach 2 – the snow on the boardwalk is melting! It’s much easier to walk on wood rather than snow and ice.
Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 – Taken at 50th street looking east.
Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 – Same spot the next day.
Thursday, March 12th, 2021 – We had ferocious north winds on Thursday – Taken from 50th street looking northwest.
Saturday, March 13th, 2021 – Today could have been a summer day except for all the pesky shore ice. At the east end of the beach mid day heading towards beach one.
I’m not sure whether March came in like a lamb or a lion. It was certainly cold enough overnight with blowing snow (-12C). It was warming up nicely by Monday. I guess we’ll call it a lion in hopes of an early spring?
Sunday, February 28, 2021 – Looking east on my way to beach one.
Monday, March 1st, 2021 – Taken just west of 13th street looking west. These barriers protect properties along Shore Lane from blowing sand.
Thursday, March 4th, 2021 – Looking west across the bay – high waves and cold temperatures have made the ice berms in the distance enormous!
Thursday, March 4th, 2021 – Kit sailors at the far west end of the beach. I never managed to get a picture up close. They were on sleds criss-crossing the ice.
Friday, March 5th, 2021 – This week we could finally walk a decent distance out on the ice.
Saturday, March 6th, 2021 – I use this blue Shore Lane Trail sign as my benchmark for how deep the snow is. We’ve lost about a foot of snow on this drift in the past week. The snow used to cover the Shore Lane trail sign to the top.