Lagoon Report XXXIII

Bow spray on ferry Ongiara, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Maid of the Mist

Ongiara impersonates the Maid of the Mist as high winds drive spray over the bow.

Porter Q400 aborted landing, Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto Islands

Roll Rate

A Porter Q400 rolls almost 20 degrees before aborting the landing during high winds.

High winds push waves over the Rapids Queen, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Queen of the Rapids

The Rapids Queen lives up to her name as high winds hammer her hull with giant waves.  At this point the docks lining the lagoon side have already been torn loose, drifting into the lagoon to wreak havoc there.

Waves wash over the breakwater in front of Bayview, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

When The Levee Breaks II

High winds push waves right over the armour stone in front of Bayview Ave., sending spray all the way back to the houses.

High winds in front of RCYC, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands


The inner harbour boils in front of the RCYC as winds gust over 100Km/h.

Ferry Ongiara in high winds, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands


Ferry Ongiara makes her way across the harbour with the winds gusting to 90Km/h.  By the time she landed at Ward’s, winds were gusting over 100Km/h, forcing her to stay Island-side for over an hour until the winds subsided enough for a bumpy journey back to the city. That’s not fog by the way, that’s […]

Gnats covering a branch, the boardwalk, Toronto Islands

Boardwalk Masses

Gnats by the million cover tree branches on the boardwalk – cyclists beware.  Presented here in full HD, click image to view larger for all the gory details.

April flowers buried in ice crystals, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Ice Growth

Tiny April flowers lie buried under the ice crystals dropped by the last ice storm.

Wave exploding against breakwall, Boardwalk, Toronto Islands

Boardwalk Fury

A giant wave explodes against the boardwalk breakwall during an April ice storm, sending spray high into the air.  It was like walking the base of Niagara falls – I’m still drying out.

Wave exploding behind safety equipment, Boardwalk, Toronto Islands

Emergency Use Only

A giant wave explodes against the boardwalk breakwall during an April ice storm.  Careful reaching for that safety equipment.

MV William Inglis sailing on light water, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Sea of Light

Ferry William Inglis sails on a sea of light, in advance of an approaching April ice storm.

Toronto skyline long exposure over eastern gap, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


A long exposure turns the wind-whipped inner harbour to mist while April snow clouds scud overhead.

Toronto sunset skyline panorama, Center Island, Toronto Islands

City of Lights V

The city skyline glows on an epic March night.  Click image to view larger.

Melanistic garter snake, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Melanistic Coils

An early melanistic garter snake suns itself on a brisk March day.

Equinox Bonfire 2018, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Equinox Bonfire 2018

Another fantastic night on the beach, celebrating the spring equinox in true Island style.

Long exposure aircraft trails over Toronto skyline, Ward's Island, Toronto Island

The Longest Night 2018

Aircraft streak over the Toronto skyline in a multi-hour exposure.  Click image to view larger.

Snowy Owl, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Yellow Stare

A snowy owl perches on a pole on Ward’s beach.