Update from Canoe Lake - not today!

And probably not tomorrow, or Saturday for that matter...

I received a phone call an hour ago from my mother (Virginia) who, with my father, was able to reach our cottage on the west shore of Canoe Lake by paddling up from Tea/Bonita and working along a narrow band of water to within about 500 meters of our cottage.

The news is not good. Despite some recent reports that the ice would be out by today, there is still a lot of ice on the lake. There is a small amount of open water at the south end, in the mouth of the Oxtongue river, and gaps of no more than a few meters along the shore in some places. But the main body of the lake looks pretty solid still, with very few (if any) significant gaps or cracks.

Unfortunately, without some serious sunshine, rain and especially wind I don't think we're going to see the ice go before Sunday. But stay tuned here for updates directly from Canoe Lake where my agents will be on site, hopefully until Saturday.

UPDATE: I just spoke with my father (6 PM Thursday) and he reports that the ice is weaker than it appeared at first and is moving south on the lake. He speculates that there is open water at the north end, and that the ice could well go out tomorrow.


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