There are signs of hope, but the temperatures are still below seasonable for this time of year. By this time last year, there was no ice on the beach at all. As you can see from the pictures, we’re going to have ice for at least another week.
Sunday, April 8th, 2018 – Beach Drive at Wasaga Beach is looking lonely on a Sunday morning. Just below freezing, but actually quite pleasant with gentle winds.
Sunday, April 8th, 2018 – Mom joined me on Sunday. This picture taken from Beach one with the Blue Mountains in the background. Still lots of ice close to shore.
Monday, April 9th, 2018 – I got down the beach again Monday morning, but this picture from Monday evening was more interesting. I came across a fox near the hill by the Water tower off Wasaga Sands. He/she kept looking at me, trying to decide whether I was dangerous before running away. I saw dozens of Rabbits as well. When you start seeing Canada Geese, Foxes and Dear you know that Spring has arrived!
Monday, April 9th, 2018 – On the same evening, behind houses on Wasaga Sands, two deer came down from the forest / dune pictured in behind. I took a picture of four dear in this same spot last spring. I saw two dear this evening. They still have their winter coats. They are hard to spot at a distance because they blend in to the trees.
Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 – The sun popped out on Tuesday evening. This pond on the Wasaga Sands golf course is still frozen over.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 – Winds from the north have been “pummeling” the edge of the ice. The berm (taken with a telephoto lense) is at least two feet taller than a few days ago. When waves crash up against the edge of the ice, water splashes up and freezes on contact causing the berm to grow in size.
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 – Vehicles have been driving up and down the beach. Likely the town or provincial park workers collecting debris.
Friday, April 13th, 2018 – Looking Northwest across the ice from near 18th street
Friday, April 13th, 2018 – This is the path to the beach from near 13th street.
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 – We had another storm over the weekend. The roads were getting bad, so I decided to get out late morning before the worst of the storm. High-winds and the snow was just starting to fall.
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 – Looking east across Wasaga Beach. Blowing snow and poor visibility. Only a few centimeters of snow had fallen at this point. We ended up with around 15-20 centimeters.
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 – Looking more like February than April.