The Arrival of Winter Wonderland

Many people ask us what it is about being up here, when most people who live on boats want to go south. To us, the change of seasons is a wonderful thing and we enjoy winter, once the snow and ice had set in.
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As I look across the vast, open stretch of the bay of solid ice, I get the serene feeling not unlike when I used to look across the stretch of ocean under our boat on a calm passage.
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And, this winter, being here alone on the bay, is the greatest feeling of all.
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Icebound on the Trent Severn Waterway

We are in Ontario Canada, Pigeon Lake North, near Bobcaygeon – Lock 32 of the Trent Severn Waterway. We came up here to enjoy the winters that promised the “Great White North” experience. Well, the first two were quite disappointing, but this one is starting off just right. A foot of snow this morning and forecasted temps to be minus 21 degree Celsius tonight / -21° C.

So, here are last year’s and a comparison this year’s webcam images, taken in the same location, just different camera angles:
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Here is a look at the images around the boat today:
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Roadtrip to Lake Simcoe

Jackson’s Point Harbour on Lake Simcoe is one of our favorite summer cruising destinations, so we did a roadtrip there this weekend. The small village of Jackson’s Point is the hub of some of the best ice-fishing in Ontario and is home to the Canadian Ice Fishing Championship, this year’s being the 19th annual.
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Aside from private trucks and ATVs, these tracked “buses” shuffle fisherman far out on the ice to the fishing grounds. Most of the huts, hundreds of them, are privately owned but a lot are commercially rented by the day, night or on a several day basis.

It was a beautiful, warm and sunny, near-spring day, which unfortunately made for less than perfect photography as the entire lake and surrounding shoreline was shrouded in thick fog, produced by the sun’s heat over the cold lake ice. Erie if nothing else, as groups of fishermen on foot and the odd motorized vehicle emerged from the blanket of white.IMG21IMG22

This is the Georgina Island First Nation’s ferry boat laid up for the winter:
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Fish On!

It is -19º C as we awaken this morning, lowest last night showing on the gauge was – 22º and apparently the fish are biting. These guys have been out all night and have just packed up to head back as I write this.
I don’t know how the ones without the hut do it; at least in the enclosure you can keep heat and stay warm. A long walk back to the launching ramp, where they park their vehicles. They have been coming out for many nights now.
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