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Ice out

January 15, 2013 in ice, Muskoka, winter

The lake WAS frozen. Ice fishers were beginning to venture out – although it is a tad early for huts. Today, the lake is wide open. Fishers are on shore, fish are breathing a sigh of relief and some statisticians think this may be the earliest date ever for ice out! It WILL come back, but today in Muskoka it’s more of “freezy come, freezy go”.

Ice fracture – ‘X’ marks the spot

January 8, 2013 in ice, Lakes, Muskoka, winter

Even when lake ice is several inches thick, it expands and contracts – making cracks. Today, with our new coating of winter on the Muskoka lakes, the ice is unstable and thin. It doesn’t take much for a fracture. It’s certainly not safe to walk on! X marks the spot ….



New Muskoka Ice Age

January 7, 2013 in ice, Muskoka, Rosseau, winter

It’s -19C at the time of writing. The night was clear and calm and with it magic happened. Overnight the water in Lake Rosseau disappeared and was replaced by a sheet of clear, smooth ice stretching for miles. Not of the thickness that can support ice huts …yet. It is nevertheless the signal that winter has arrived in Muskoka. Over an hour’s time this morning, the view changed dramatically from clear day to one enclosed by freezing mist. Ferndale Point has gone from being a stalwart sentinel to a vague shadow sensed through the grey air. We’ve seen pink clouds, bright sunlight and sharp shadows across the ice morph into a monochromatic shroud. Dramatic.

The pictures don’t do it justice.

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Muskoka ice is here

December 29, 2012 in ice, Joseph, Lakes, Muskoka, Rosseau, snow, winter

The big Muskoka lakes usually don’t freeze over fully until mid-January. Occasionally, like last winter, they don’t freeze over entirely. The last two days of little wind and -15 temperatures have combined to close over most smaller bays and sheltered channels. Yesterday we saw hockey being played on the clear, smooth ice of Robert’s Bay, Lake Joseph. Right now there are skaters on Ferndale Bay, Lake Rosseau. Unfortunately we’re expecting 10+ cm of snow, the natural skating surface will disappear under its weight.

Ice is here 

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Christmas Magic in Port Carling

December 24, 2012 in Muskoka, winter

Christmas Eve in Port Carling. Nothing’s moving and nothing’s open. It’s like the holidays before Sunday shopping became possible in Ontario. A step back in time. Port Carling’s the kind of place that Frosty the Snowman could actually come to life. No silk hat here, but I wouldn’t be too surprised that when the trees light up, this fellow will begin to dance around!

Guarding the entry to Duke's

Guarding the entrance to Dukes

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Muskoka snow machine bridge in place

December 24, 2012 in Muskoka, Muskoka, Rosseau, winter

Although not the snow capital of Ontario, Muskoka gets snow. The lake effect from Georgian Bay is sufficient to give Muskoka a great base for winter recreational snow activities most years. In fact, about 4 years ago we received 16′ of snow in the first 2 weeks of December with 3′ in less than 24 hours. Unusual, but obviously not unheard of. Snow machining on and around the Big Lakes is a popular pastime for residents, cottagers and, visitors alike. Before the winter snows, some preparation has to be made. Just the other day, workers were busy in Port Carling placing snow machine bridge across the large lock in town on the Indian River.Snow machine bridge across the large lock

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