There is no more ice on the bay. We had quite a wind storm this week that did serious damage. Also, a lot of debris that was previously caught in this ice has started to wash up on shore from the loss of docks and trees due to high water on the Nottawasaga River.
At home we lost a 100 feet of fencing due to the high winds. This week’s weather events were unfortunately expensive.
Sunday, April 29, 2018 – Spring is messy. Lots of debris washing up on the beach. We were speculating that much of this is due to ice dams earlier this year on the Nottawasaga river that did a lot of damage to trees on the river shoreline and took out several docks. All of the debris that washed out to the open bay is coming back in with northwest winds now that the ice is gone including chairs, trees and event broken docks.
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 – The provincial park crew have started to clean things up. They used heavy equipment to move large logs. Several were so heavy I couldn’t budge them by hand. They started at beach one are working their way west cleaning up all the debris.
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 – Today was foggy and very cold with the mist coming off the still freezing water. You can see a pile where the grader has collected sticks and sand to the cleaned up later.
Friday, May 4th, 2018 – Today was the day of the unbelievable wind storms through most of Ontario. I’m afraid that the nice new Wasaga Beach sign on County Road 10 by the water tower couldn’t take the winds and was demolished. Winds in Barrie were 106 km/hour. We had serious damage to our fence with five posts broken at the base. I didn’t manage to get down to the beach to see the storm as I was concerned about driving with all the debris flying about.
Saturday, May 5th, 2018 – The winds must have really been something. I found this heavy metal sign from beach 4 (the dog beach) about 500 meters down the shore at beach 3. The waves apparently tore it our of the sand, it washed out to the bay and the waves pushed it up shore on beach three. It was stuck face down and I turned it over and was surprised to see what it was.
Saturday, May 5th, 2018 – Looking toward Blue Mountain there is still snow on the mountains despite several days of warm weather. You could see that the waves must have been ferocious because they extended 80 to 100 feet up the beach in places depending on the slope.
This time of year temperatures fluctuate wildly. We go from summer temperatures to winter in a short time.
Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 – Today I walked west rather than east capturing the shoreline toward Beach 3 and 4.
Monday, April 23rd was another clear and sunny day. This picture taken from the boardwalk looking south just to the west of Beach One.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – I’m afraid the beach looks scary today. This is “ice fog”. Long story.
Thursday, April 26,2018 – looking toward Blue Mountain
Thursday, April 26, 2018 – I’m impressed by how the town and province clean up the beach. Spotted this tree washed in from shore. days later it was gone.
Friday, April 27th, 2018 – As heavy equipment cleans up the beach, they surface ice and snow.
Friday, April 27th, 2018 – heavy equipment cleaning up the beach west of 13th street.
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 – first time I’ve seen Canada Geese all year. Too cool.
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 – Hard to get a good picture of parasailers on the beach. I failed to capture a picture, but at times these folks were 20 feet in the air.
Saturday, April 28th, 2018 – parasailers loving the high winds
Compared to last year, Spring is slow coming.
Here is a link to pictures from the same period in April 2017 –
I missed two days walking down the beach because conditions were too difficult. On Monday, I tried, but made it only a block. The snow was saturated with water. 16 centimeters of snow on top and 4 centimeters of slush and water. You get the picture. I stepped into a snow-covered gully and soaked my feet.
I decided making it all the way to beach one wasn’t in the cards, so I retreated to Shore Lane (the street that runs parallel), walked as far as 13th street, and then packed it in and turned around.
This is unsolicited but I need to plug Merrell footware – https://www.merrell.com/. It’s not Merrill’s fault I stepped into deep water in a running shoe. Amazingly, even after freezing my feet, I could still walk for another 30 minutes comfortably. I’m a fan of Merrell for sure. I suspect there is some science behind this. This is my go to winter walking shoe.
The temperatures are not an issue this week. In fact, the colder the better most days. The challenge this week was warm temperatures, wet snow and too much water.
Monday, April 16th, 2018 – I took lots of pictures today, but they were all the same. “white”. Wet snow, gigantic snow flakes.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 – Looking east across the beach one boardwalk. This should be a January pic. It hardly looks like April. Showing the footsteps I’m following along the boardwalk – These are not mine. Only one other person walked here in the past 24+ hours.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 – Looking towards the Blue Mountains. Ice near the shore, but open water and waves are eroding the shore ice daily.
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 – A lonely picnic table at beach one. Blue Mountain in the background.
Thursday, April 19th, 2018 – Looking north with a telephoto lense. Strong winds today, and the wave action is chipping away at the ice along the shore.
Thursday, April 19th, 2018 – At Beach one looking north east. The volleyball nets are lonely.
Thursday, April 19th, 2018 – Today was easier walking down the beach because I could walk on new snowmobile trails.
Friday, April 20th, 2018 – There is so much snow it is hard to believe that the Easter bunny has come and gone already. A beautiful day, but this is more skiing weather than beach walking weather. This picture taken near 13th street looking north to Georgian Bay.
Saturday, April 21st, 2018 – Taken from 18th street looking toward Blue Mountain. The ice is still hanging on close to the shore.
Saturday, April 21st, 2018 – There is a culvert at 17th street that empties clean water from storm sewers. Despite cold overnight temperatures, the ice is melting carving a channel as water runs to the lake.