Another relatively warm and gray day on Friday. The sun managed to break through the clouds for a minute or two a few times through the course of the day. Snow started to fall around 10PM. Saturday morning is starting out with about 3 inches of very heavy, wet snow on the ground. The forecast says we will get another couple of inches through the day, but the weather radar show the storm has already moved east of here. Glad there is only a little bit of shoveling by hand. The new snow is heavy. We need some colder days to get the ice on the lake thicker. Unfortunately the seven day forecast shows mostly continued cloudy and mild for this time of year. Coldest mornings are still above 0F.
This from the OFSC late Wednesday evening clarifying the shutdown orders:
As stated in Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, Ontario Regulation 82/20 dated January 11, 2021, in Schedule 3, clause 4. (2): “The following outdoor recreational amenities may open if they are in compliance with subsection (3)” with the permitted uses listed in subsection 16 as “Snowmobile, cross country ski, dogsledding, ice skating and snow shoe trails”. As of this date, snowmobiling is a permitted recreational activity, provided that the participants comply with all other provincial and local public health unit directives.
So snowmobiling is allowed under the current shutdown regulations. Note that ALL trails that connect adjoining Health Units remain closed. Riding on one of those trails between health unit jurisdictions could result in a provincial offence ticket.
Unfortunately, while one section of the new provincial regulations says that resorts can be open, another section says that accommodations can ONLY be provided to essential workers, not leisure travel. So on recommendation of "Resorts of Ontario" and "TIAO" reservations for rooms for the next 4 weeks have been closed. Those organizations are lobbying to allow for "within health unit" tourism lodging to be permitted. Check back for progress on that.
Also confusion on police roadblocks. It was reported on Thursday that police were randomly checking northbound traffic into cottage country north of Peterborough and turning people around. The Friday morning GTA news said that police would not be setting up check points or making random stops. I would still carry some sort of written proof that you own property in cottage country if headed this way.
On Snow magazine has published the video they shot here the first week of March 2020. Click on over to the TRAILS page on this website. There is a link to the video there. It aired on TV in Canada last Saturday. Not going to give up my day job to become an actor anytime soon.
A test hole drilled Tuesday 1/2 mile out from the end of the boathouse showed there was 8 inches of ice. Several holes drilled 1.2 miles out showed only 6 inches of ice. There is still some nasty slush on top of the ice making snowmobiling less than perfect. Keep any travel near the shoreline.
Lake trout season is open. Limerick is a "1 line" lake for ice fishing, and trout between 16 and 21 inches long need to be returned to the lake. Check the zone 15 regulations for more info. Bass season opens Saturday, June 26.
With no official cottage for sale listings showing up in the MLS the phone has been ringing with "do you know of anything for sale" calls. Have had two such calls in recent weeks. Both will accept water access. Actually one of the potential buyers wants a more remote, water access property.