An awesome week at Wasaga Beach. From my perspective, it is much easier to walk across the beach in cold temperatures and avoid water and slush.
Sunday, January 28th, 2018 – looking northwest towards Blue Mountain.
Monday, January 29th, 2018 – almost summer? The beach is swept down to sand but really friggin cold!
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 – looking toward Georgian Bay.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 – looking west across a frozen beach. You can see snow squalls in the distance to the west. For me this is an ideal day – easy to walk across a frozen beach with no snow.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 – Looking west from near beach three. High winds making it difficult to walk.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 – what a difference a kilometre makes. Taken east of the previous pic. 15 minutes later and a different beach entirely.
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Sunday, January 21st, 2018 – The melt continued through the early part of the week. You can see the snowmobile tracks looking toward beach one are down to sand in places.
Sunday, January 21st, 2018 – On Sunday I met this couple out enjoying the warm weather venturing out on the ice berms. It’s probably safe enough, but I don’t think I’d do this myself after a couple of days of warm weather we’ve had.
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 – The ice berms are melting and you can see open water out in the distance looking towards Collingwood and Blue Mountain.
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 – By Tuesday the beach was almost entirely sand as you can see from this picture taken near 13th street looking across the beach.
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 – Tuesday night, we had a flash freeze, and the meltwater that was pooling on top of the ice near shore froze solid. For the first time this year, it was easier to walk 100 yards off the beach than on the beach. This picture was taken looking at condos near 12th street from out on the ice. You can see where ice has been leaving near the shoreline in the foreground.
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 – It was glare ice in places, but blowing snow and ice crystals while the ice was freezing created a sandpaper effect make it quite pleasant to walk out on the ice. The effect as you above is this “highway” between ice berms along the shore to the left and the larger field of ice berms to the right toward the water. This is about 100 yards out from shore but I think it is plenty safe.
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 – Looking towards a sandy beach from out on the ice. There’s not much left of the ice berms along the shore side of the ice highway. It’s so much easier to walk along the ice than snow or snowmobile tracks.
Thursday, January 25th, 2018 – On Thursday the ice was still awesome to walk on. There was a wide-open channel all the way from 18th street down to the east of the beach one pavilion about 100 yards out from shore. I met a few other people out on the ice checking out this interesting phenomenon.
Thursday, January 25th, 2018 – this picture taken from out on the ice looking towards the shuttered home at the east end of Shore Lane between beach 2 and 3.
Friday, January 26th, 2018 – Back to stupid warm temperatures. Unfortunately, walking out on the ice today is not an option. What a difference a day makes. You can see the water from melting ice and snow literally running down the beach creating channels in the sand.
Friday, January 26th, 2018 – Looking out on the ice. The open channel I was walking down yesterday is still there. It’s probably still safe enough, but there would be slush on the surface and I didn’t want to venture out and get my feet wet.
Friday, January 26th, 2018 – Down near beach one where there is a larger expanse of sand the beach is almost entirely dry. Taken by the volleyball nets on the western boardwalk.
Saturday, January 27th, 2018 – Another unseasonably warm day on Saturday. The picture above was taken from Shore Lane and 13th street looking towards the water. A little slushy, but the footpaths from the beach are passable.
Saturday, January 27th, 2018 – Out in the distance most of the big bodies of floating ice have dissolved into smaller floating chunks.
A beautiful winter week. It was hard to get across the ice with so much fresh snow. I confess – I found myself walking on Shore Lane in places without hard pack snowmobile trails.
Sunday, January 14th, 2018 – I took this picture looking south from the beach near Black Forest Cottages on 12th street. This buried picnic table shows that even though the beach is often swept clear by wind, the snow is deep in places. There are only a few passable foot-paths without finding yourself almost waist-deep in snow.
Sunday, January 14th, 2018 – It was around -12C the morning I took this picture. We had light snow overnight and it was hard to walk on the beach so I walked the whole distance on the snowmobile trails where the snow was packed. It wasn’t too windy and it was awesome to finally see the sun.
Sunday, January 14th, 2018 – Taken looking towards the Bay and Collingwood at Shore Lane and 16th street.
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 – Tuesday was another nice crisp winter day and enjoyable to walk down the beach. There appears to be a veneer of ice on the bay with large sections of ice floating far off-shore.
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 – This picture taken near 16th street from the snowmobile trails shows the ice berms freshly covered with new snow extending far out to the bay.
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 – Another nice sunny day. Taken in the morning from the beach as the sun rises to the southeast.
Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 – Slush and floating ice far out from shore.
Thursday, January 18th, 2018 – A gloomy overcast day late morning on Thursday. Looking towards Blue Mountain from the packed snowmobile trails just west of 13th street at the east end of Shore Lane.
Thursday, January 18th, 2018 – I thought this picture at the beach 2 boardwalk was interesting. The picnic table is actually sitting on top of a second picnic table almost entirely buried in blowing snow up against the boardwalk.
Friday, January 19th, 2018 – Friday the temperatures edged up over freezing. When this happens the snow gets a lot dirtier looking as dark-colored sand embedded in the snow warms up and accelerates the melting process. Taken at the east end of the beach 2 boardwalk.
Friday, January 19th, 2018 – The snow was wet and packed enough to be able to take my shortcut off the beach between 13th and ShoreLane without sinking too far into the snow.
Saturday, January 20th, 2018 – Juk. This is what happens when we’re headed for a high of six degrees. The snow is melting fast making it hard to keep your feet dry walking down the beach.
Saturday, January 20th, 2018 – this picture was taken at 14th street looking towards the water. It shows how much sand is embedded in the snow drifts. It’s tempting to think you’re looking at the sand on the ground, but this is sand on the surface of the melthing snowdrift.
Saturday, January 20th, 2018 – this is the largest group I’ve seen on the beach all winter hiking down the beach on a warm day. I never met up with them as they were headed the opposite direction going west from beach 4.