Week of November 25th, 2018

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30 Dec 1
High 6 2 -1 1 2 1 2
Low 1 -1 -3 -3 -3 -2 -4

Winter has come early this year. There are daily snow squalls but with temperatures hovering near freezing the snow melts as fast as it can fall.

This is the toughest time of year to walk down the beach. I’m looking forward to later in December and January when the beach is reliably frozen solid.

Sunday, November 25th, 2018 – Taken at the start of my daily walk from 18th street looking west toward Blue Mountains. The beach is clear with winds from the northwest (as is almost always the case).
Sunday, November 25th, 2018 – I huge pile of dirt at beach one. I’m not sure the rationale for piling up the dirt like this. Easier to collect I suppose? You can see that waves have been sweeping up the beach during storms.
Monday, November 26th, 2018 – Taken at the trails near 13th street where I often exit the beach. A warm day and the snow is melting.
Monday, November 26th, 2018 – Looking southwest from the same exit at 13th street toward homes at the east end of Shore Lane.
Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 – This is a different perspective from what I usually share. Looking west from the west end of the boardwalk @ Beach 2.
Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 – Snow starting to fall with building waves – looking east across Wasaga Beach.
Thursday, November 29th, 2018 – We woke up Thursday to more snow – looking across the street from our front yard.
Thursday, November 29th, 2018 – Taken in black and white as the sun was rising from our backyard looking south. A beautiful morning.



Week of November 18th, 2018

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Nov 18 Nov 19 Nov 20 Nov 21 Nov 22 Nov 23 Nov 24
High 0 2 -3 1 -8 2 2
Low -9 -6 -5 -19 -24 -22 -3

November marks a transition to winter, and this year winter weather has come earlier than usual. Despite some cold nights, the water is still too warm to freeze. As long as the bay is open, we’ll continue to get lake effect snow. In case you’re wondering about the temperatures, I get this data from “the weather underground” and for whatever reason historical weather data for Wasaga Beach and Collingwood has been redirecting to CFB Borden the past few months.  Our temperatures close to the water are likely more moderate than these temperatures shown reported from CFB Borden approx. 20km SSE.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 – This picture taken near 16th street looking east. It was pleasant to walk on the sand today because it was frozen solid. Just like walking on a sidewalk. Slippery near the shore because wherever water pools, it freezes.
Tuesday, November 20th. 2018 – Slightly closer to 13the street ahead, the sun briefly appeared. It’s been a little depressing the past week or two with so little sunshine so we’ll take the sun whenever we can get it. All the homes / cottages along Shore Lane have plywood barriers facing the beach to prevent drifts of sand from destroying their lawns. (A necessary precaution – otherwise they would easily have a foot of beach sand drifted across the lawn in places)
Tuesday, November 20th. 2018 – At 13th street looking west. Normally you would see Collingwood, but it appears to be snowing across the bay. Nice to see some blue sky!
Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 – Entering the beach at 18th street. Strong winds today and just below freezing. The north winds have swept most of the snow away. It wasn’t practical to walk along the beach today. The waves were too high reaching all the way to the grass (which we are not supposed to walk on).
Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 – This picture taken from Beach drive near the Beach one pavilion with the road in the foreground. You can see that the sand dunes erected by heavy equipment have been washed out in places but they are clearly helping. High waves are bringing water all the way up to the road. I think summer visitors would find this hard to imagine because this is the widest point of the beach. In the summer, the waves never make it up to the road.
Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 – Thursday was cool and crisp with a high of -8C. This picture looking west early afternoon. The beach was easy to walk on again today because it was frozen solid, but in places there was glare ice and pools of water heated by the sun on the dark sand.
Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 – In the foreground you can see that the grass is frozen and bent over under the weight of the ice. Yesterday, the waves and spray were coming all the way up to the grass near the entrance to the park at 13th street.
Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 – I exited the beach into the park at 13th street to walk back along Shore Lane. Looking south.
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 – Friday was very cool. We had a strong south wind today and it lowered the water level approximately a foot. To the left (we are looking west) you can see where water that was along the shoreline frozen solid from yesterday. The waves kept the sand in the middle area clear. Today, new ice is forming along the lower water-level to the right. The trail was like a sidewalk – Smooth and frozen solid.
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 – You see the same effect here looking east. Yesterday was not particularly windy, but the two frozen shorelines show how a strong south wind dramatically lowers the water level in 24 hours.
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 – At first I thought I spotted the same Fox I’ve met several times, but I think this may be a Mink. I couldn’t get close. The Mink was clearly interested in something at the waters edge. Taken with a telephoto lense. You can see someone else walking down the beach approximately 1km to the west. I rarely meet people this time of year except right near Beach one.
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 – My Mom joined me today and we walked east from Beach one to the end of the boardwalk and further along the Nottawasaga River. This picture taken on the river near where I launch by Kayak in the summer. It’s above freezing and the ice on the river is melting.
Saturday, November 24th, 2018 – This is the road along the provincial parking area east of beach one following the river. Few people drive along it this time of year and you can see that even early in the year it is a mess with six inches of sand mixed with snow drifted across it in places. It’s quite a clean-up job in the spring to remove all the drifted sand.

Week of November 11th, 2018

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Nov 11 Nov 12 Nov 13 Nov 14 Nov 15 Nov 16 Nov 17
High 3 6 -2 -6 -1 3 3
Low -1 2 -3 -8 -11 -2 -3

I don’t think this week is a very good commercial for Wasaga Beach. We’ve had an early start to winter. It’s interesting to see how the weather changes day to day. Overcast skies every day this week.

I changed the header picture on the site to the last picture in this set because I think it better captures the gloomy mood of November.

Sunday, November 11th, 2018. These are pictures of Black Forrest cottages at the end of 12th street just a few minutes west of the main beach. These places get great reviews from people who have stayed there. Family friendly, clean cottages.
Sunday, November 11th, 2018 – walking back home from the boardwalk near beach one.
Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 – Snowsqualls coming in. Taking at 18th street looking west.
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 – Wednesday morning we woke up to more fresh snow. Our maples in the front yard are covered with snow.
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 – Lots of snowmobiles running across the beach today. It was windy enough that the waves were washing away the snow so you could walk along the sand as long as you were careful not to get your feet wet.
Thursday, November 15th, 2018 – A forbidding sky looking west from near 13th street.
Friday, November 16th, 2018 – Looking across the bay towards Blue Mountain. Lots of fresh snow, but not enough to open the ski hills yet.
Friday, November 16th, 2018 – Not as much wave action today so there was snow right up to the beach. I ended up walking along the snowmobile trails to avoid the wet snow.
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – Windy and cold today, but a lot better for walking down the beach. The waves have cleared the snow away and the sand is frozen solid and firm to walk on.
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 – Looking west. You can see where the waves must have been high overnight. Waves were washing all the way up to the grass.