Ongiara makes the first successful docking of 2015 at Ward’s Island, on March 18. This was a trial run without passengers, but heralds a potential return to service after four brutish weeks of commuting through the Island Airport.
Finally, some good news from the winter of 2014-15: the Eastern gap is finally starting to break up.
6 Third St. rests under a snow load after a February snowfall.
An ice shelf reaches towards the lake on Ward’s beach.
Kaya enjoys a balmy day on the ice at Ward’s beach.
Heavy ice coats the rocks on the breakwater at the end of the Eastern gap.
‘Frost Flowers‘ cover fresh black ice in the Eastern gap, a phenomenon requiring almost complete stillness and cold air.
Shattered ice turns Ward’s beach into a glacial moraine, highlighted by a lovely ice arch.
Steam coming off of the Eastern gap freezes onto overhanging trees, coating them in a thick layer of frost.
The sun sets on ice drifting by the Centre side of the boardwalk.
The William Lyon Mackenzie slams past Ongiara, after helping to clear the dock of ice.
The ice storm makes the boardwalk treacherous, causing parks to ‘close’ it.
Sundogs appear over the Centre Island pier.
Perfect skating ice, all the way to the city.
Swans nap on an ice floe off of the boardwalk.
The sun rises on Ward’s beach, turned into a wall of ice during the winter of 2013-14.
The sun rises on a snow covered Ward’s Beach.
The sun sets on Ward’s beach, unrecognizable under a thick layer of ice more like a glacier than a freshwater beach.
Surveying the damage at Second St. and Lakeshore Ave. after the ice storm of December 2013.
Signs at the intersection of First and Channel, surrounded by broken tree limbs after the ice storm of December 2013.
Major tree damage in front of 22 Bayview Ave., after the ice storm of December 2013.
One of the new handcarts sits coated in ice after the ice storm of December 2013.
The Great Willow on Ward’s looks a little the worse for wear after the ice storm of December 2013.
A sign for Lakeshore Ave is almost completely hidden from the street by ice.