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Canoe Lake Ice-Out
Spring 2002 Edition
News & Updates
|Friday, April 19th (1:30 PM)|
And the winner is...
The ice went out (by our official definition of 50% open water) around 10:00 AM this morning. The majority of the action was last night during the rain and wind--which turned out to be a little milder than it looked like it would be. As I write this at 1:30 the lake is 80% open, and by the end of the day it will all be over.
Here are Debbie and Dad arriving at the dock around 7 PM Thursday--the lake is 90% covered with ice:
And here is the view to the north today at about 1 PM--just 18 hours later:
We'll be taking it easy today: going out for a paddle to see the last of the ice; bringing the boat over to the cottage; and pausing before opening up the rest of the cabins for the 2002 season.
Here's to the ice, and to spring...
|Thursday, April 18th (10:55 PM)|
We're here! And it looks like the ice is going out right now!
We arrived at the cottage at about 7:15 PM tired but happy, and toasted the ice. Then the weather started to change. A front began to blow in from the west and as the daylight faded we could see lightning to the north. As I write there is a solid wind blowing on the lake and a good thunder storm heading our way. Looks like the rain will start any minute (yep--there it is :), and the ice is heading south at a pretty good clip. So for the first time it looks like we will be here for a night ice-out, and it looks like we made it just in time.
I'll have an update and a bunch of pictures for you in the morning. Right now, I must sleep....
|Tuesday, April 16th|
It looks like the following people are in prime positions this year: Scott Murray; Sandra Matthews; Chuck Gray; Brackley/Fink; Brian Parkinson (who won last year!); Dot Gray and Harry Binswanger.
|Thursday, April 11th|
Well, it looks like we're finally underway. The forecast for Algonquin calls for temperatures around 15º C with some rain and sun over the next week. If things stay this way the ice should go out in a couple of weeks-- certainly before the end of the month.
It wouldn't be ice-out time without a contribution from our unofficial ice-out poet, Murray Wolff of Brantford, Ontario:
|Wednesday, April 3rd|
The latest word from Don Stanfield & Co (who are up on Bonita) is that there is still a lot of ice, but that there is now heavy slush on top. I also heard from Chuck and Dot Gray:
|Wednesday, March 27th|
Here is some up-to-the-minute info from Russ and Jill Matthews in Huntsville:
|Monday, March 25th|
It is -14 C with a wind-chill of -20 C in Algonquin right now. Hardly Spring breakup temperatures. I was thinking about chaniging my date choice when this message came in from Sandy Lews:
|Wednesday, March 20th|
The dates are pouring in and it looks like a lot of people think the ice will go out early this year. It certainly has been an unusually mild winter, but in my experience the date of ice-out is influenced more by the weather between March 15th and April 15th than by anything else. The current forecast for the Algonquin area is for pretty cool temperatures (lows of -7 to -12) for the next week or so--not exactly warm :) In fact, I'm starting to feel a little uncomfortabe with my current date of April 20th.
|Monday, March 18th|
From Alec Bruce in London, England:
|Saturday, March 16th|
Time to open the 2002 Spring Breakup Poll!
As you can see I have posted the new page for this year with a wonderful treat--an authentic telegram from the Farley's at Canoe Lake announcing "ICE JUST OUT" on April 14th, 1953! (Many thanks to the Brackley/Curtis clan for this treasure.) Once again all signs are pointing to an earlier-than-normal ice out--we've had an unusually mild winter down in the city and temperatures are already pushing past 10° C in Toronto some days. But we've been fooled before and it's never easy to say at this point what will happen. So, get your date choice in soon--before someone else takes it--and stay tuned for updates.
|Sunday, February 17th|
Jeff, Debbie, John and Virginia and Brittany (for her first winter visit) travelled up to the cottage for a couple of days. We had beautiful weather and lots of snow. Brittany was a real trooper. She led the way across the lake on the way in, and pulled one of the sleds for a while on the way back out.
Although there was at least 8-10 inches of ice (and maybe
as much as 12-14 inches in some places), it was fairly soft and it was easy chopping with
the axe to make the water hole.
| Sunday, April 23rd, 2001|
Here are a couple of pictures to hold you until next Spring...
Current Weather for the Canoe Lake Area
Click the links below to see current five-day forecasts for Algonquin Park and Huntsville |
from Environment Canada, and some long term predictions
Predictions for Spring 2002
Multiple people on the same date are listed in the
order in which their choices were received
Past Ice-Out Dates & Facts
Earliest recorded ice-out date: April 14th in 1953.|
Latest recorded ice-out date: May 8th in 1992, 1996, and 1997.
Once the ice starts to turn black ( i.e. get wet) it takes three or four days to go out.
Previous year's ice-out pages
[Last updated: 2002-04-19 01:30 EST]