Fascinating Ice Formations on Lake Ontario’s Shoreline

Fascinating Ice Formations on Lake Ontario’s Shoreline

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Our winter here in southern Ontario has been a real mixed bag to say the least.  Yoyoing between a series of very warm spells and frigid Arctic air has left us, here in Toronto, with no snow to speak of, and it is now the end of February.  What a surprise then, when Bob and I walked along the shore of Lake Ontario in Whitby, to find the water thick with slab ice and the most fanciful ice formations decorating the shoreline. Read more

Blue Jays dancing in Algonquin Park

Blue Jays dancing in Algonquin Park

Blue Jays feeding on a snow drift in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada

Blue Jays are a fairly common bird seen here in Ontario, in Canada, during the winter months, Read more

Shoreline Ice at Tommy Thompson Park

Shoreline Ice at Tommy Thompson Park

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On our one and only outing to Tommy Thompson Park this past winter, Bob and I felt like kids let out of school for the summer.  It was a pleasantly warm, sunny day…typical March weather with a persistent wind out of the north that threatened to chill us to the bone if it weren’t for the strong rays of the sun beating down on our backs.  Still, winter had its icy grip on Toronto’s lakeshore. Read more

Red foxes wintering in Algonquin Provincial Park

Red foxes wintering in Algonquin Provincial Park

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Late this fall, Bob and I visited Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario, and with the early snowfall received in the area, the Park was totally transformed from even a couple of weeks before.  As we made our way around the Park in search of wildlife, we could not resist the temptation to revisit the home range of a couple of Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) known to many people.  The resident Foxes were out and about and seemed all that much more beautiful given the white canvas that accentuated their rich red coat of winter fur. Read more

Skiing the Pipestone Trail at Lake Louise

Skiing the Pipestone Trail at Lake Louise

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On our second day of cross-country skiing at Banff National Park , Bob and I had decided on the Pipestone Trail system and were planning on tackling a trail of moderate difficulty for our second ski of the season.  The extreme conditions forced us to opt for one of the easy trails instead. Read more

Redhead Ducks In Toronto Harbour

Redhead Ducks In Toronto Harbour

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One of the highlights of our winter day trip aboard a Toronto Island Ferry to Ward’s Island, one of 13 islands in Toronto Harbour, was seeing a real proliferation of ducks, some of which were wintering in Southern Ontario from the Arctic.  One such species was the striking Redhead Duck (Aythya americana). Read more

Ice Climbing Blue Ice In Johnston Canyon at Banff

Ice Climbing Blue Ice In Johnston Canyon at Banff

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While visiting Banff National Park,  Bob and I learned of a hiking trail at Johnston Canyon that promised views of frozen waterfalls after traversing the length of a deep river gorge beneath sheer canyon walls.  We knew the experience would be right up our alley.  What we did not anticipate was finding a group of ice climbers actively ice climbing the frozen waters of the Upper Falls. Read more

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