Saturday, March 31, 2012


The verdict remains undecided if March went out like the proverbial lion, with its sudden snowfall yesterday, or not, by all melting today. Another debate is whether the edge of this rock formation looks like the profile of a lion's head, its mane starting with the trees or if you include more of the rock, resembles a sea lion with its head lowered?
[Thanks to Captain Randy Potts of Sunset Cruises for this trivia tip.]


Chillaking is a term that I've invented to describe the combination of kayaking in near freezing temperatures. With the ice out earlier this year I've been taking advantage of most pleasant days to get out and experience the lakes in a new light, sometimes with fresh snow still lingering on the ground, enhancing the scenery of the area and trip.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Similar to the dimensions of a bush cord of firewood, this cord of buoys lie stacked by the river's edge, waiting to be deployed for a new boating season. The various colours serve different functions, from guiding traffic to warning about hazards, in addition to their unique identity codes acting as navigational aids on marine charts.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


A channel of open water, wide enough to accommodate my kayak, allowed me to navigate through the remaining ice and slush to the beckoning waters of Lake Muskoka beyond, in my version of Ice Lake Kayakers, a parody of the popular History channel series, also featuring my work associate and kayaker, Morwen, on Lake Vernon.
[Cheers to Morwen for the permission and use of her photograph.]

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


One of my last ice fishing days due to the recent warm temperatures deteriorating the condition of the ice with pools of surface water and in spots over a foot of slush to negotiate through with the ATVs. We spent the afternoon fishing by Edith Island, previously a hot spot but came up skunked. Perhaps the fish have given up minnows for Lent.