Tuesday, 15 November 2016









Here are some pictures from the Spider Bay forest fire.  The fire is located on the point at the mouth of the Spider River.  It is a ground fire of about 30 hectares.  There was no property damage.  The MNR is on scene getting it under control.  Taken Nov.15/16

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

 Kineras Bay froze over Sunday night with 4" of fresh snow.  There is now about 8" of snow on the ground.  Most of the ice drifted off yesterday afternoon.  I saw a boat go by in the channel so I know the channel is open into town.  I expect most of the ice and snow to be gone by this weekend if the favourable weather forecast holds up.  Taken Apr.12/16


Saturday, 9 April 2016

 A few shots of Kineras bay.  The temperature was -12c this morning with a high of -6 this afternoon.  A stiff easterly wind prevented the bay from refreezing.  Taken Apr9/16


Thursday, 7 April 2016


Winter is back.  8" of snow and rain fell in the last 24 hours.  I was into town on Tuesday by boat.  The channel was free of ice except for areas of refreeze which had melted by the afternoon.  I recommend not trying to come out this weekend.  The weather is going to cool down and all this slushy snow will freeze solid making conditions hazardous.  You have to respect the weather especially during the off season.  The long term weather indicates that the April 15th weekend will have favourable weather.

Monday, 4 April 2016

The channel is ice free from Kineras Bay to open water.  This shows the range on Beauty Is.  Taken Ape.4/16
 The mouth of Redner Bay.  A lot of back bays are still iced over.  taken Apr.4/16
 Some views of Kineras Bay.  The ice continues to recede despite the cold temperatures.  Taken Apr.4/16




Sunday, 3 April 2016


The view from my place on Kineras Bay showing the ice regression.  It's -11c right now.  Taken Apr.3/16

Saturday, 2 April 2016

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This ice is 1 1/2 to 2" thick.  I saw a boat heading west through the channel this afternoon.  Taken Apr.2/16

Friday, 1 April 2016

 The ice on Kineras Bay is getting thin.  The cold weather expected this weekend will thicken it up.  The water level is high for this time of year.  The end of March is typically the yearly low.  The end of July is the yearly high.  The water right now is about 6" below last years high.  I think the water will be 6" to 12" higher than last year.   Taken Apr.1/16


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

 Seven Mile Bay.  Taken Mar.29/16

 The channel between Milton Is. and McLaren Is.  Taken Mar.29/16
 The osprey nest at the entrance to Five Mile Bay.  No Ospreys yet.  Taken Mar.29/16


This ice on Five Mile Bay is just over 2" thick.  Notice the crack the scoot just made.  I think this ice will clear in the next few days but will probably refreeze in the polar vortex this weekend.  Taken Mar.20/16

 Looking west on Five Mile Bay near Three Mile Pt.  Taken Mar.29/16


Friday, 25 March 2016

 Here are some pictures of Kineras Bay.  About 2" of snow fell in yesterdays weather event and not the 8 to 10" predicted. It was frosted over with a 1/4" of freezing rain.  Taken Mar.25/16





Saturday, 19 March 2016

Todays satellite photo.  Taken Mar.19/16

http://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/modis/modis.php?region=h&page=1
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Here is my first video ever taken with my still pocket camera being held up by hand over the windshield.  By the end my hand was very cold.  Despite what the ending appears there was no problem.  The scoot is a 12 ft. flat bottom boat with a 100 hp aircraft engine on the back.  There is no suspension so you feel every bump and ripple.  The video starts on Seven Mile Bay heading towards the seven mile narrows and finishes at the mouth of Kineras Bay.  The goal when driving is to maintain a speed of about 25 mph.  If I go to fast on water it will start to porpoise indicating to slow down. Taken Mar.19/16
 Looking toward Craganmor Pt from Kineras Bay.  Taken Mar.19/16
 Seven Mile Bay.  Taken Mar.19/16
 Milton Island.  The ice on Seven Mile Bay was about 2" thick.  I would break through if I stopped.  Taken Mar.19/16
 This is Dunroe Island on Five Mile Bay.  The ice here is about 2 1/2 to 3" thick.  Taken Mar.19/16

 A pressure crack running across Five Mile Bay.
 This is Three Mile Point on the trip back out.  Taken Mar.19/16


This is Seven mile Bay looking towards the Seven Mile Narrows.  Taken Mar.19/16