The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron Annual General Meeting will be held at the Museum on Tower Hill in Parry Sound on April 22, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. There will be more information as the meeting date approaches. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early April sunset on the Big Sound. Pretty, but not yet boating season.
We’re now about about two months away from the Summer Solstice, and it looks like late August with the chill of April. Makes sense of course, as the sun is exactly where it would be in late August. The differences range from the water temperature (brrr!), to the absence of leaves on the trees. It will be nice to be on the water when it’s warmer, but don’t tarry. The boating season is too short not to be enjoying an August sun in April. This is a view of Parry Sound’s Big Sound from the Rotary Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail with Two Mile Point to the left. (April 2016)
Sitting out on the North Shore Rugged Trail last week enjoying the arrival of dawn I was surprised to see three beacons looking west. I recognized two of them, the beacon at Three Mile point (3 km away), and in the distance Killbear (10 km away), but there was a third between the two of them. Within minutes I was able to confirm that it was the Samuel Risley returning to port at the Parry Sound Coast Guard base for the first time this year. I guess boating season has officially started in the Parry Sound area. That’s the beacon on Killbear Point in the distance.
The Samuel Risley Rounding Three Mile Point – March 19, 2016
It’s one month past the Winter Solstice and we seem to have finally developed a skim of ice over the Big Sound. (That’s ice, not water.) There still seems to be open water further out when seen from Belvedere Hill. Things will continue to be cold, but it will be many days before people can get their ice huts and sleds out on the Big Sound. The Walleye season ends March 1st, so there may be little incentive to get the huts out, once the ice gets thick enough to be safe. There may be an early start to the boating season.
The last couple months have been a little bit strange around this part of Georgian Bay. We received the expected late November dump of snow, and then it disappeared. Well, that was pretty normal. But then temperatures were supposed to drop, delivering lake effect snow and cooling the Big Sound. So far it has been pretty much warm and overcast. There is some promise of lower temperatures in the coming days, and some snow as well. The big question though is when the Big Sound will freeze over. I don’t doubt it will, but will it freeze enough to allow for ice fishing and snowmobiling? If you can’t boat on it, at least you should be able to walk, ski or sled over it. The Big Sound and the South Channel are major highways in the winter.
If Mother Nature can change her look I figured we could do so as well. The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron webpage has been updated with a new template. All of the same information is here, and the posts are a little more attractive in my opinion. You just need to scroll to the bottom of the page if you are looking for the archives, upcoming events, or want to search the site.
Christmas Day, Looking Towards Parry Sound
JB – Communications Officer
Life is good, the water is cold but that isn’t deterring some boaters. We had a strange front roll in across the Big Sound mid-afternoon yesterday. The sky was partially cloudy and patches of blue showing through with a fog like condition hovering over the surface of the water. A few minutes later it passed; the sky didn’t clear up but the fog/mist lifted.
Boating into Mid-Day Mists.
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The Samuel Risley heading out of Parry Sound on the 29th. I don’t know where it was headed but the navigation aids on the stern may be a hint. I have been told that the Coast Guard is responsible for the commercial navigation aids in Georgian Bay with private contractors responsible for the small craft navigation aids.
JB – Communications Officer
Full speed ahead captain, we’re clear of ice.
Commander Mason, John Mason, was pretty much on the money when he predicted April 21st for the Big Sound to be ice free, although he did qualify it with a possibility of it being a week earlier or later. I haven’t seen anyone out on the water yet but the contractors will want to get started as soon possible with projects on the islands and areas accessible only by water.
JB – Communications Officer
This photo was taken a few hours ago and shows the extent of the open water. We received a considerable amount of rain in the past 48 hours and today it’s above 10°C (50°F), so things may move quickly. Commander Mason at the last meeting of the Parry Sound Squadron Bridge promised the Big Sound would be clear by April 21st, plus or minus one week. It won’t be a week early, but hopefully no later than the 28th. If you can’t play on the ice it may as well be gone.
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A familiar benchmark for the condition of the Big Sound, PS2 is now ‘bathed’ in ice rather than snow. We have had a few days a little above freezing followed by quite a bit more below freezing at night. Add in a little rain, not too much, and the Big Sound is turning into a skating rink. It’s been too cold to suggest there is much thinning of the ice, but the insulating layer of snow has been removed. It’s still weeks until boating season. The creeks and rivers are starting to open up so there will soon be some cold season kayaking possible.