The view from the end of the smelter Wharf in Parry Sound, March 22nd. Enough said about current conditions!
Forget groundhog forecasters. Spring, which is defined as the start of boating around here, is still a good 8 weeks away.
Not fit for skiing, ice fishing or boating, the Big Sound is a mess. We’ve had about three days of above freezing daytime temperatures and it has basically turned the snow on top of the ice into slush with a crust. It’s pretty much impossible to walk, ski or snowshoe on the Big Sound and snow machines send up a spray as they shuttle around trying to get the ice shacks off the ice. The ice is still nice and thick so it will still be too many weeks before the Big Sound is fit for boating. This the time of the season where you wished you had a hovercraft or one of those air boats used in the swamps of Louisiana.
Making Tracks on the Big Sound (2015-03-11)
The Big Sound still pretty much looks like Antarctica. We are expecting a few days of above freezing by the beginning of next week. It could be a cruel hoax, but the thaw has to arrive at some point. It promises to be a slow start to the boating season. Out at Hole in Wall last Saturday the ice was about 60 cm (24 in.) thick, great for sledders and skiers.
What I haven’t seen yet on the Big Sound is snow skiing, in the style of water skiing. Not only should it be possible it should be reasonably safe. A quick internet search turned up a couple of images of sled skiing but not much else. Hmm, I may need to make friends with sledders if the snow and ice insist on hanging around.
JB – Communications Officer
As I joked in a post a couple of weeks ago, this is not part of a disguised Parry Sound missile defense system. Since then we’ve had a fair bit of snow ice and the buoy is getting buried. I’m told the ice on the Big Sound a couple hundred meters from the shore is between 45 and 60 cm thick.
This is a photo from the 28th. Clear skies, below average temperatures, and little snow have been the norm since the Big Sound and Georgian Bay pretty much froze over earlier this month. The Sound is basically ice with a bit of hard packed snow which makes it easy for walking, but perhaps not that great for X-Country skiing. I spoke with a fisherman today and he estimates the ice is 12 to 14 inches (30-35 cm) thick in the Sound. (January 2015)
A two evening VHF instruction course with examination will be offered May 12 and 19, 2015, at Lakeland Long Term Care facility (beside the West Parry Sound District Hospital in Parry Sound).
The supplied course materials include a manual and CD covering VHR marine radio use and Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and DSC Endorsement exams that will be administered on the second night with temporary licenses issued that evening for people successfully completing the exams.
To legally operate a maritime radio as an individual or business you need this certificate. The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures as well as everyday operating techniques.
Register with John Mason in advance so course materials can be ordered.
705.342.1315, or email@example.com.
The cost is $75 including course materials with a $10 discount ($65) for Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members.
A Dawn Mist Rising Over Zhiishiib Rock Before the Big Freeze