Week of March 26th 2017

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Mar 26 Mar 27 Mar 28 Mar 29 Mar 30 Mar 31  April 01
High 5 12 4 4 4 2 5
Low 0 2 1 -2 0 0 0

One of the things about living in Southern Ontario is that we get these long periods where the temperatures hang in the low single digits with overcast skies week after week.   We’re in one of these slumps right now.

March 26th: My only company was two cyclists I met near the boardwalk

A couple of days this week I managed to get down to the beach twice – once during the day and again in the evening.  On the 27th it was foggy.  You couldn’t see much looking across the bay so I didn’t bother posting a picture.

March 27th: The air was warm today but you could see bands of fog drifting in from the water. The fog was cold to walk through.
March 28: A second walk to the beach in the evening from our place. Passing the dunes at the east end of Wasaga Sands near the Water Tower

On the 29th I did my daily beach walk, but I decided to head out in the evening and walk down a tributary of the Nottawasaga River near our house.  The main part of the river is swollen this time of year and flowing pretty fast, but just a stream below.  I didn’t see any beavers, but lots of evidence they are active.

March 29th: A beaver dam on the Nottawasaga river
March 29th: I feel like I’m on candid camera or being spoofed. Found this about 40 feet from the beaver dam. These must be some big beavers!

The picture below is pretty cool.  There was obviously some run-off that caused a steep bank to erode and collapse toward the river.  Note the tree down below that slid right down under the suspended fence.

Now why would someone build a fence hanging up in the air like this? 🙂

We got a winter storm on March 30th that really didn’t amount to much, but this is the same day as Mom and Dad were arriving back from Florida so we were watching the road conditions.

March 30th: Just starting to snow in the evening. We got more snow overnight.

Mom joined me on March 31st in the early afternoon for my daily walk down the beach.  She said this was a good reminder of why she and Dad go to Florida for the Winter!

March 31st: Mom back from Florida joined me for an afternoon walk down the beach

April 1st was a beautiful day with the sun shining brightly.  I’m not sure, but this might be the first seagull I’ve seen this year.  As sure sign that Spring is on the way.

April 1st: No April fools but the seagulls are back!

Looking across the bay.  We have open water in close to shore now but still layers of ice to on the lake.  You can see there is still snow on the ski hills at Blue Mountain below.

We still have some ice to get rid of – look towards Blue Mountain

Week of March 19th 2017

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Mar 19 Mar 20 Mar 21 Mar 22 Mar 23 Mar 24  Mar 25
High 4 -1 10 -4 4 11 4
Low -2 8 -2 -9 -9 0 0

I keep thinking the ice will be gone any day now, but it’s persistent. I think ice must be coming in with the wind. You can see what looks like a line of ice far from shore.

March 20th – This morning out past the ice berm there was large chunks of ice.

March 22nd was the highlight of the week.  I saw the same folks that were para-sailing on skis a month ago (As in the week of February 12th) out shooting up and down the beach in wheeled buggies.  (The same buggies that had skis attached previously)

The pictures don’t show it, but it was cold with a strong north wind. They were travelling about as fast as a person could bike, so I barely had time time to snap a few pictures before they were gone.  They were travelling the full length of the beach.  They obviously had excellent control of the sails.  I’m sure this is tougher than it looks.

March 22: Two vehicles with para-sails attached heading toward me from Beach One

The driver was all decked out in a snowsuit and ski goggles.  I froze my hands just taking the picture.

The driver waved at me. He was travelling at a pretty good clip

I caught the picture below as the sleds were receding.  There are some fair sized logs scattered on the beach and a few significant chunks of ice that could do damage, so they had to have their wits about them.

After two minutes they were almost out of sight heading west
March 23rd: Seeing the beach sand you can almost convince yourself it is a summer day (except not a leaf on a tree of course)

On March 24th I snapped a picture of the summer homes below.  Everything is shuttered up. The front yards that are unprotected by the plywood shield walls you see elsewhere on the beach are covered with sand.  The sand extends all the way across the street on Shore Lane.  It’s hard to grow grass unless you can shield it from the wind.

March 24th: Two of the summer homes I walk by every day

Despite warmer weather I think the ice is going to be around for another week or two yet.  Funny how some days you see open water in the bay and other days it is frozen again.  Things can change dramatically just overnight.

March 25: The weather back to being grey, windy and a little depressing


Week of March 12th 2017

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Mar 12 Mar 13 Mar 14 Mar 15 Mar 16 Mar 17  Mar 18
High -1 -6 -6 -2 0 4 1
Low -16 -13 -10 -8 -5 -4 -1

Another wintry week at Wasaga Beach.  I’m afraid the pictures are all starting to look the same! I’m looking forward to Spring and experiencing some different weather.

Things started out cold this week, warmed up towards  weeks end.

This week was cold enough that I walked down the ice  rather than on the exposed sand most days. As far as I can tell inside the ice berms the ice is frozen pretty much to the lake-bed.  With the colder weather the bay was frozen as far as I could see looking from shore, although I wouldn’t dare try and walk out there given how warm things were midweek.

Out on the ice March 12, 2017

Despite the thickness, the ice is definitely moving.  I heard loud “cracks” in the distance several times while walking along the ice, but failed to actually see any movement take place.  I came across several sections of ice however were obviously open (and thus dangerous) just hours before. This week I decided walking out near the ice berms was no longer safe so I’m done with that for the season. From now on I’m only walking where I know it is shallow.

The picture below taken March 13th is an example. This part of the beach was frozen solid the day before, but you can see it had obviously opened up somehow and then re-frozen.  I have no idea how such major changes can happen day to day.  In places here the ice is only an inch or two thick as you can see from the picture.

March 13th – This opening in the ice appeared and then re-froze and I have no idea how.

The picture below taken looking to the northeast while walking out on the ice looking over the ice berms.

March 14th 2017 – the bay is frozen as far as the eye can see

Even though the air is cold is still below freezing you can see the sun when it is out has a dramatic effect warming the sand. The dense snowmobile trails are still there, but the sand almost free of snow.

The power of the warmer March sun is apparent. March 16, 2017

We had snow squalls most of the day Friday and Saturday with warmer temperatures.  I walked the whole distance on the ice again both days. What a difference a day makes from the bright sunny day Thursday.

The picture below taken March 18th looking west from out on the ice.  The ice berms visible to my right.

Snow squall on March 18th, looking west from near Beach 2