2019 walks

  • Week of Sunday January 13th, 2019

    Week of Sunday January 13th, 2019 A snowy week in January. We’ve had enough cold nights that ice has started to form on the bay at least close to shore.        
  • Week of Sunday January 6th, 2019

    Week of Sunday January 6th, 2019This was a week with some pretty good storms and high waves. I have no idea how these kite sailors get out in the water ...
  • Week of Sunday January 20th, 2019

    Week of Sunday January 20th, 2019We’re in the depths of winter this week, but I managed to get at least part way down the beach every day. I usually start ...
  • Week of Sunday, January 27th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, January 27th, 2019 It was tough to walk down the beach this week with so much snow and blowing snow.  In places there were snowmobile trails, but blowing ...
  • Week of Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

    Week of Sunday, February 3rd, 2019There are new signs most of the way along Wasaga Beach warning people about the dangers of walking out on the ice berms. The berms ...
  • Week of Sunday, February 10th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, February 10th, 2019 No shortage of snow this winter so far. My wife Michelle has been enjoying tooling around in her fancy new red Jeep – perfect for ...
  • Week of Sunday, February 17th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, February 17th, 2019So far we haven’t had much of a break weather-wise. Lots of overcast snow days. The only reason that there is not more accumulation along ...
  • Week of Sunday, February 24th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, February 24th, 2019 The days are beginning to get a little longer again. I was able to walk down the beach in the evening this week out on ...
  • Week of Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

    Week of Sunday, March 3rd, 2019The beach this week was like a super-highway full of snowmobile trails. Perfect conditions for walking out on the ice with a little bit of ...
  • Week of Sunday, March 10th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, March 10th, 2019 We often start to get some nice weather in late March. It will be interesting to see if that pattern holds this year. It hasn’t ...
  • Week of Sunday, March 17th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, March 17th, 2019In March as long as the ice conditions are favorable, the kite sailors surf up and down the 14 km length of Wasaga Beach on ...
  • Week of Sunday, March 24th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, March 24th, 2019 What a difference a week makes. Suddenly it feels like Spring as March goes out like a lamb.  
  • Week of Sunday, March 31st, 2019

    Week of Sunday, March 31st, 2019I may have spoken just a little too soon about March going out like a lamb in my last post as we received a fresh ...
  • Week of Sunday, April 7th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, April 7th, 2019 This week we saw a rapid thaw with ice retreating from the shoreline out. There is still enough ice in the berms offshore that they ...
  • Week of Sunday, April 14th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, April 14th, 2019The thaw continued this week with dustings of snow. Despite warm temperatures the ice is still persistent out on the bay.  
  • Week of Sunday, April 21st, 2019

    Week of Sunday, April 21st, 2019 This is the week that we finally lost all the ice. As usual, when the ice melts it leaves all kinds of debris caught up ...
  • Week of Sunday, April 28th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, April 28th, 2019I’m afraid that out shore line has changed dramatically. I’m concerned that the water appear to be rising further.
  • Week of Sunday, May 5th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, May 5th, 2019 The beach is usually a mess this time of year with debris being washed up on shore from the ice. They just started to grade ...
  • Week of Sunday, May 12th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, May 12th, 2019Weather underground let me down this week I’m afraid. No weather stations near Wasaga Beach have accurate historical climate data.    
  • Week of Sunday, May 19th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, May 19th, 2019 It started to become apparent this week that 2019 will be a  different kind of summer with high water and a shrinking beach.  
  • Week of Sunday, May 26th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, May 26th, 2019For those wondering, I’m afraid the temperatures shown above for the past few weeks have not been accurate. It’s actually been quite a bit cooler. I ...
  • Week of Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

    Week of Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 It’s been a cold, wet May and June! Finally we are getting some decent weather. The weekend of June 8th finally felt like summer. Much of the ...
  • Week of Sunday, June 9th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, June 9th, 2019By the end of this week the annual sand castle competition was in full swing with some excellent entries.  
  • Week of Sunday, June 16th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, June 16th, 2019 The sandcastle competition at Wasaga Beach is always a lot of fun. A couple of excellent creations situated at the east end of Beach Drive.
  • Week of Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

    Week of Sunday, June 23rd, 2019Piping Plovers are an endangered species along Georgian Bay. Every year, volunteers engage in a serious expert to protect the nesting area for these birds ...
  • Week of Sunday, June 30th, 2019

    Week of Sunday, June 30th, 2019 A super fun week with out of town guests who came to enjoy the beach. We managed to have a family get together at our ...
  • Week of July 7th, 2019

    Week of July 7th, 2019I think we may be among the few beneficiaries of climate change here on South Georgian Bay (this year at least).  We need some warmer ...
  • Week of July 14th, 2019

    Week of July 14th, 2019 It’s funny how we wait for warm weather all winter and we want it to cool down once it’s here. The early part of this ...
  • Week of July 21st, 2019

    Week of July 21st, 2019We had an out of town guest this week and got to show them around Wasaga Beach. Kind of cool when a biplane buzzed low ...
  • Week of July 29th, 2019

    Week of July 29th, 2019 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) ...
  • Week of August 4th, 2019

    Week of August 4th, 2019I was working on the Civic Holiday (August 5th) so I headed down for my usual noon walk down the beach thinking it was a ...
  • Week of August 11th, 2019

    Week of August 11th, 2019 Not that you need to be a physicist to walk down Wasaga beach, but apparently it helps. I actually met and talked to a physicists (OK ...
  • Week of August 18th, 2019

    Week of August 18th, 2019August is the best month to enjoy the beach. The days are getting shorter, but the water is warm and there is something magical about ...
  • Week of Sunday August 25th, 2019

    Week of Sunday August 25th, 2019 After floods at beach one this summer, the town did a remarkable job getting beach one back in shape. With Georgian Bay this high however, ...
  • Week of Sunday September 1st, 2019

    Week of Sunday September 1st, 2019Last week I predicted problems with waves given the high water. Sure enough, it didn’t take until November. Beach Drive flooded again this week. With ...
  • Week of September 8th, 2019

    Week of September 8th, 2019I can’t get over how the beach gets “deserted” after Labor Day.  The temperatures are a little cooler and high water is still an issue.    
  • Week of September 15th, 2019

    Week of September 15th, 2019 The days are pleasant and the nights are cool. Interesting to see how changing weather conditions are contributing to sand dunes off shore.      
  • Week of September 22nd, 2019

    Week of September 22nd, 2019September is my favorite month of the year. The beach is empty, and the days are generally nice and warm.
  • Week of September 29th

    Week of September 29th Note the new 0.1 degree resolution in temperature postings above. I’ve been frustrated trying to get accurate weather history for Wasaga Beach over the past ...
  • Week of Sunday October 6th, 2019

    Week of Sunday October 6th, 2019October brings skies that you just don’t see in the summer.  Also, the beach gets so quiet that wildlife starts to re-appear.  
  • Week of Sunday October 13th, 2019

    Week of Sunday October 13th, 2019 October brought some high winds this week. While great for kite surfers,  high water and winds are doing damage to properties along the beach. Beach Drive ...
  • Week of Sunday October 20th, 2019

    Week of Sunday October 20th, 2019In late October the leaves are simply awesome. We’re lucky to live on a property with maple trees that all turn bright red. In early ...
  • Week of November 3rd, 2019

    Week of November 3rd, 2019November brings epic storms. The worst of the damage was down overnight and I’m afraid I didn’t get pictures of the actual wind. The damage ...
  • Week of Sunday October 27th, 2019

    Week of Sunday October 27th, 2019 Happy Halloween! We’re juggling work schedules to pick up leaves. I need to dress in winter clothing to walk the beach with the persistent high ...
  • Week of November 10th, 2019

    Week of November 10th, 2019 The temperatures turned cold early November and we have snow squalls. We got our leaves picked up just in time.
  • Week of November 17th, 2019

    Week of November 17th, 2019I think that this week shows that protecting beach drive from high water is a losing cause. Better to focus on protecting the businesses along ...
  • Week of November 24th, 2019

    Week of November 24th, 2019 As friends know, it’s been surprisingly difficult to get accurate weather data for the table above. I’m often posting pictures a week or two after ...
  • Week of December 1st, 2019

    Week of December 1st, 2019It gets tricky to walk down the beach in the winter. Generally the colder the better. Best to have the beach frozen solid rather than ...
  • Week of December 8th, 2019

    Week of December 8th, 2019Because of high waters, it was very hard to walk down Wasaga Beach this week. Oh well.
  • Week of December 15th, 2019

  • Week of December 22nd, 2019

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  • week of December 29th, 2019