Will it freeze?

Sort of like “will it float” but different.

For the last little while I’ve been thinking about being at our cottage for the day or evening when the water skims over with ice for the 1st time of the winter season. So, I planned a late in the year visit to the lake to see if I could catch the day. I thought that I’d missed out as I’d heard reports of other lakes freezing over already.

I arrived after dark so I couldn’t really tell what was going on and I didn’t feel the need to go down to the dock to check it out. After all there was the unloading of the car and firing up all the heat generating sources to turn the cottage around from 0°C to a more comfy 20°C. This involved turning on the electric furnace, getting the fireplace going and hauling out the kerosene heater and bringing it upstairs.

The next morning, to my surprise, when I looked out at the lake, there was no ice!

No ice yet on Thunder Bay in front of our cottage.

However, the lake is trying to freeze up and in places it’s pretty much a done deal.

Coney Island at Cameron Point

Most of the Kenora harbour has ice with only a few open spots. At Cameron Point the current is still keeping a section open. Even as the water flows under the walking bridge to Coney you can see large star shaped ice formations drifting by.

Ice crystals in the flow

Perhaps tonight or tomorrow night will be the day! Winds are forecast to be low and the temperature will take a bit of a dip to -10°C to -15°C tonight. So, will it freeze?

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