Week of Sunday, July 29th, 2018

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
July 29 July 30 July 31 Aug 1 Aug 2 Aug 3 Aug 4
High 27 28 28 27 30 28
Low 7 7 10 18 15 14

Things are in full swing at the beach this summer with live entertainment and a regular schedule including weekend events and evening movies on the beach.

I think we’ll look back at 2018 as one of the best summers ever in terms of weather! (although I appreciate this summer is nasty for those battling wildfires – not only in California, but closer to home north of Parry Sound as well).

Sunday, July29th, 2018 – Michelle and I decided to walk down a different section of the beach Sunday. We parked in the residents lot between beach 4 and 5 in order to feel like big shots. I usually start my walk one kilometer east of this location. Picture taken at the beach entrance by 24 street.
Sunday, July29th, 2018 – Taken at 24th street – We couldn’t afford a red carpet, so beach goers need to suffer an equally cool blue carpet down to the water..
Monday, July 30th, 2018 – Looking east towards beach one on a freshly graded beach. When it’s graded like this it is harder to walk. You notice after a few miles. Kind of like walking down the beach in winter after a fresh snowfall.
Monday, July 30th, 2018 – Taken from beach one looking west. A typical weekday.
Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 – You can see the beach has been graded by a tractor. I tend to walk along the tracks left by OPP and park official four wheelers.
Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 – This picture is a keeper I think. Looking from 18th street to the west across Nottawasaga bay.
Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 – Same day as above – learning to stand up paddleboard. Shot at a distance from near 18th street.
Saturday, August 3rd, 2018 – Last week I made a fuss over the Piping Plovers (post here), an endangered species. The east end of the beach is blocked off with sanctuaries for these little critters. Imagine my surprise seeing one of our friends among the seagulls over at beach 3? I guess they don’t know they are endangered. I tried to explain their situation, but I don’t think the bird understood me. Plovers rock.
Saturday, August 3rd, 2018 – Looking east from just east of 18 street. These cool sandbars keep emerging. They come and go day to day.
Saturday, August 3rd, 2018 – Looking west – another beautiful day.


Week of Sunday, July 22nd, 2018

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
July 22 July 23 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28
High 21 28 29 28 30 26 20
Low 16 16 20 20 11 13 11

I missed getting pictures two days this week. On Sunday my phone battery died, and on Monday I was tied up in meetings in Toronto.

I picked things up on Tuesday.  More wonderful weather in our neck of the woods. We’re enjoying an excellent summer.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 – A group of students enjoying the water near the cottages at 13th street. Likely a reunion? This is the same place that Ben had his high-school graduation celebration. Great to see everyone having fun.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 – Taken from the volleyball nets near beach one as I got further east down the beach. When the weather is this hot, it’s usually a sign we will get late afternoon / evening Thunderstorms. You can see the weather moving in above.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 – The sand dunes I mentioned in last week’s posts. The castle’s built on the sandbar by young builders are eroding – isn’t there a song (or ten) about Castle’s in the Sand (or the air?) –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qks94g_P1Go
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 – We received insane amounts of rain just after my walk down the beach. We definitely need the rain so this is very welcome.
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 – It’s rare to see such an awesome rainbow. Following a storm. (there are actually two rainbows if you look carefully)
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 – Rainbow following rain Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday, the beach was packed. I’m at a loss to explain why it was busier today than yesterday. I pressed on and walked further east today so the pictures below are taken from a different perspective – from the east boardwalk looking west toward Beach one.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 – the beach was packed today. Taken just to the east of Beach one.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 – a boat anchored at their own private beach just east of the beach one crowds.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 – Walking west back to my truck looking at beach one from the east end. Wasaga Beach is having an awesome summer judging by the crowds.

In case there is any debate about increased traffic in 2018, check out the photos from the same week in 2017 below. It’s not even close.

Week of July 23rd, 2017

Thursday  (below) was a little strange. I started my walk with clouds to the west. The didn’t look threatening to me. Within 20 minutes the weather change dramatically. People running off the beach for shelter. I was soaked to the skin and freezing.

Thursday, July 26th, 2018 – walking toward beach one (looking backwards) on a hot summer day.
Thursday, July 26th, 2018 – 20 minutes later walking back west. Cold rain and north winds and the temperature plummeted. Thankfully by the time I reached the 13th street entrance to Shore Lane the rain eased up.

On Friday I decided to take a different route. I walked east of Beach One to the sections of the beach that are protected for Piping Plovers. I think it’s great to see the efforts to preserve this endangered species.

Friday, July 27th, 2018 – off-ramps to the beach are closed to protect the Piping Plovers. It’s so cool to see the messages from school kids at every exit. They’ve named all the birds and take obvious pride in their well-being.

On Saturday we had company and it rained in the morning. As a result, I didn’t manage to get down to the beach until the evening.

Saturday, July 28th, 2018 – looking east near 13th street on my way to beach one.
Saturday, July 28th, 2018 – looking west toward Collingwood and Blue Mountain on a beautiful Saturday night. The beach was surprisingly empty but Shore Lane was packed.
Saturday, July 28th, 2018 – As I started my daily walk east from 18th street looking east. The setting sun is at my back.

Week of July 15th, 2018

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21
High 32 29 25 23 28 30
Low 14 17 16 10 5 9

As friends know, I catalog the high and low temperatures during my daily walks down the beach. It’s become a habit. For consistency, I use a site called https://www.wunderground.com to get daily temperatures.

Just a heads up, but history functions on weather underground appear to be having trouble. Sometimes when I try to get daily highs and lows for Collingwood or Wasaga Beach I end up with temperatures at nearby CFB Borden.

Not sure if this is a bug or a feature. Anyway, take my daily temperatures with a grain of salt. Another week of awesome weather. Not to jinx it, but this is one of the best summers I remember in years.

This week was the annual Wasaga Beach Motorcycle Rally. Other than Canada Day, today was the second busiest day at the beach. The bikers that attend are all cool, courteous and here for a good time. Info on the event at http://wasagabeachrally.com/. Turns out this is the largest bike rally in Canada.

The picture below is from the event last year. I have my own pictures from this year’s event further down.

Wasaga Beach Motorcycle Rally – picture from the event website
Sunday, July 15th, 2018 – I took a second evening walk down the beach on Sunday evening. Jamie (my younger son) often wanders by the beach in the evening on his way home from work to hook up with friends and see what’s going on.
Sunday, July 15th, 2018 – These deck chairs at the east end of Shore Lane look inviting. They always catch my eye. The properties along this section of the beach are beautiful.
Sunday, July 15th, 2018 – Looking west across Nottawasaga Bay.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 -Tuesday we had cool northwest winds so things were a little less crowded. Lots of people having fun in the waves by the boardwalk.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – Looking north exiting the beach near 13th street to walk back along the street. A perfect summer day.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – Looking toward Collingwood and Blue Mountain from near 18th street
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – Taken from the park between Shore Lane and 13th street.
Thursday, July 19, 2018 – I’m not sure what this is all about. Someone apparently built a shelter using cardboard boxes and a raft. There was nobody inside. Kids I guess?
Thursday, July 19, 2018 – A stand-up paddleboarder in the middle of nowhere. I think she covered a good distance!
Friday, July 20th, 2018 – over the last few weeks, several sand shoals have been emerging just off shore. Little kids just love playing on these. I counted six between beach four and beach one.
Friday, July 20th, 2018 – I’m seeing a lot of these inflatable swans this year. Someone is doing a good business selling these!
Saturday, July 20th, 2018 – One of the park rangers talking to a guest (not my nephew). The beach was so busy today he was patrolling by driving in the water rather than on the sand. The water is shallow for a long distance out.
Saturday, July 20th, 2018 – As you get closer to beach one, things get steadily busier.
Saturday, July 20th, 2018 – Beach one was packed today because of the annual Wasaga Beach motorcycle festival. What a great event!
Saturday, July 20th, 2018 – Not only were bikers all over the beach, they were all over town. Every second vehicle on the road was a motorbike. I’m glad for the bikers and event organizers that they are getting great weather.