Week of August 4th, 2019

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Aug 4 Aug 5 Aug 6 Aug 7 Aug 8 Aug 9 Aug 10
High 25 28 26 27 26 26 25
Low 20 17 20 21 18 16 14

I was working on the Civic Holiday (August 5th) so I headed down for my usual noon walk down the beach thinking it was a regular work day. Big mistake. Not a parking spot to be had anywhere. I got frustrated and decided to walk the Blueberry Trails instead – definitely a better choice on a long weekend!

Monday August 5th, 2019 – Entering the Blueberry trail
Monday August 5th, 2019 – about 30 minutes into the Blueberry trail just before the hilly parts on the backside.
Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 – The beach was deserted on Tuesday – a little rain always helps! It’s nice to see the crowds but also nice to see them go.

On Friday August 9th, Michelle and I were running some errands and planning a trip to Barrie. On a whim, we decided that Barrie was too far and we should check out a rooftop patio at the main beach instead. Turned out to be a good call. A steady warm west wind resulted in a mini-storm surge and Beach drive was flooded. You can see where the down anticipated this and tried to create sand berms, but the water was too high and flooded the main road.  It looks pretty, and made for an interesting day, but the damage and expense to remove all the sand from the road was enormous.

Friday, August 9th, 2019 – Taken from our rooftop vantage point at the Dard – water washing across the main road at Wasaga Beach due to record high water levels on the great lakes.
Friday, August 9th, 2019 – Michelle holding onto her drink so it doesn’t blow away
Friday, August 9th, 2019 – If you look close we have “whitecaps” on Beach Drive – LOL
Friday, August 9th, 2019 – The berms created in anticipation of high water levels unable to protect the road way.
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Week of July 29th, 2019

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
July 28 July 29 July 30 July 31 Aug 1 Aug 2 Aug 3
High 29 29 28 26 26 27 28
Low 22 22 19 17 17 18 17

Monday, July 29th, 2019 – A warm, overcast Monday. You can see that the beach is a scant two feet wide as long as there is a south wind – there is no beach at all when winds are from the W / NW.
Monday, July 29th, 2019 – erosion along the waterfront as occasional high waves disrupt the root systems of trees along the shore.

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) – The Island is prettier and a lot less populated.

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 – This is the bridal veil falls at Kagawong, Ontario.
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 – I waded out in the river to get this picture looking upstream towards the falls.
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 – Before you ask, this is not the Wasaga Beach boardwalk – This is the Providence Bay boardwalk across the south shore of Manitoulin Island on Georgian Bay – The water is high here affecting an excellent beach. I think this is even prettier than Wasaga Beach and definitely a lot less crowded!
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 – Our friends the Piping Plover are also protect up at Providence Bay although Manitoulin does not have a large-scale conservation effort as we do at Wasaga Beach – they are less threatened on Manitoulin because there are not as many people on the beach.


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Week of Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Aug 26 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31 Sept 01
High 24 28 29 26 18 23 30
Low 19 18 21 18 13 11 14

There is still lots of summer weather ahead, but the last week of August always feels like the end of summer. Back to school early next week. Don’t tell my younger son – He knows it is happening but he showing signs of being in denial.

Sunday, August 26th, 2018 – looking west across the bay toward Collingwood. This picture taken from the beach near 18 street.
Sunday, August 26th, 2018 – The picture above reminds me of the iconic group of seven paintings. Most people associate these wind-blown pines with conditions along Georgian Bay north of here, but we get the same dynamic. Today was still, but you can see how the tree has “grown up” in steady northwest winds.
Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 – looking west from near 13th at beachgoers and fellow beach walkers.
Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 – Walking down from the east end of Shore Lane near 13th street to the beach on a well-worn trail.
Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 – Back home, we watched an awesome sunset from our front yard.
Thursday, August 30th, 2018 – Crap. I was just bragging to friends planning a trip to Wasaga Beach for the long weekend how pristine the waters are. Apparently not today. In my ~ three years walking the beach most days, I haven’t seen this before. These signs across the beach every few hundred meters. People have been talking about how warm the water is – big red flag I guess 🙂
Thursday, August 30th, 2018 – The temperatures have cooled and the water is moving again so I’m pretty sure this nonsence about bacteria will be short-lived as fresher water moves onshore.
Friday, August 31st, 2018 – The ducks are back. Strange – I haven’t more than a few ducks all month (all seagulls) and today the ducks were back in large numbers,
Friday, August 31st, 2018 – Walking back from Beach one on a beautiful Friday evening before a long weekend. As I said before, I’m always amazed how empty large sections of the beach are even at the busiest times.
Friday, August 31st, 2018 – I somehow missed this sculpture on the beach walking east, but caught it on my return trip. There are no contests going on. Somebody with a lot of skill decided to carve a mermaid on the beach just for fun. The pictures don’t do it justice – a work of art sadly left for the elements to destroy. (I walked the same route ~ 14 hours later Saturday AM and sadly this piece of work was complete washed away).
Saturday, September 1st, 2018 – We have out of town friends coming in today staying near beach one. The water quality advisory is lifted which is great news for long-weekend crowds. Mid morning walking east, you can still see mist.
Saturday, September 1st, 2018 – By late morning walking west, the fog is burning off. Waiting for the onslaught of beach goers that tend to hit around noon on a Saturday of a long weekend!






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