You just never know who you’ll meet on Ward’s beach.
Ongiara makes her way across the harbour through the thickest ice seen in years.
A couple skis on the inner harbour in near-whiteout conditions.
Waves break against the navigation light at the end of Ward’s beach in -20°C weather, building up layers of ice to form a new version of this previous ice sculpture.
Ice and waves are driven under a hard westerly wind, looking west towards the Centre Island pier from Ward’s Island beach.
A photographer stands on the edge of an ice volcano. A risky place to stand, the edges can have an inconsistent density, and can easily collapse under a human’s weight.
Islanders go mountaineering on Ward’s beach, giving a sense of scale to the amount of ice built up in just over a day.
The navigation light on the breakwall at the end of Ward’s beach, coated in ice, points the way to heavy steam coming off of Lake Ontario.
A female mallard relaxes on a small ice floe floating in the eastern gap.
Ice-coated branches frame the waiting shed on Ward’s after the ice storm of December 2013.
The Algosteel arrives in Toronto Harbour, one of the last ships of the season, after the ice storm of December 2013.
Evergreen needles are sheathed in ice after the ice storm of December, 2013.
A whimsical giraffe coated in ice after the ice storm of December, 2013.
A transformer, itself clear of ice, is surrounded by ice coated branches after the ice storm of December 2013.
William Inglis makes her way through the frozen inner harbour, now completely covered in snow after a December blizzard.
William Inglis, navigation lights ablaze, approaches Wards Island through snow, ice, and winter ducks.
William Inglis skirts the edge of the ice, approaching Wards Island in driving snow.
Passengers wait in the snow to board the ferry William Inglis.
William Inglis sails into a blizzard, departing Wards Island dock at 11:45am.
Strong winds turn normally placid Lake Ontario into pounding surf, completely inundating Ward’s beach. 3 minutes 35 seconds. 24.1MB MP4.
Freezing snow clings to the wonderful (yet inaccessible) old wooden doors on the Ongiara in 2007.
Kids trudge to the schoolbus through heavy snow at Hanlan’s Point after ice conditions shut down the Ward’s dock.
An impending storm cancels the winter solstice service at St. Andrew’s in 2008.