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Toronto Harbour


Toronto archives, 1929

Features: In the 19th and earlier 20th centuries, the harbour ice used to freeze fairly reliably, so that there are many paintings and photos of skaters and skiers, some holding sails. More recently, the harbour doesn't freeze right over very often. In recent winters, it's been up and down. But in 2015, the weather was so consistently cold, that there were plenty of places to skate. At the end of 2017, the same.

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The harbour became skateable at the end of December 2017

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Rink Diary

2017 - 2018


Jan.1, 2018
 

2015

February 17 2015

From Peter Kuitenbrouwer: Around a dozen people went out on the eastern harbour, mainly from the Cove or First Street beach. There is a lot of black ice. Around 6 inches thick mostly. Further to the east there's a clear delineation where the new ice formed, with thousands of frost flowers, just last night - unsafe. Then there is the ferry channel to the west and rough ice toward the city. So the skateable area is well defined.

Some of us are going back around 5 pm for a sunset skate.

There is ice on the lake seemingly to the horizon. It looks as if it's snow covered, but actually it's more of the frost flowers. I tested thickness - around an inch and not safe for skating. Who knows what tomorrow might bring? Close to shore at Ward's beach the water is very shallow, so maybe we will give it a try at least there.

Photos by Rick/Simon





 
January 26, 2015

There's some wonderful clear black ice in the harbour, the closer to Toronto the blacker and smoother, and the cracks you see all seem to go down about a foot.

Toronto Star article

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Rink Diary2014-2015

2017 - 2018


Jan.1, 2018
 

2015

February 17 2015

From Peter Kuitenbrouwer: Around a dozen people went out on the eastern harbour, mainly from the Cove or First Street beach. There is a lot of black ice. Around 6 inches thick mostly. Further to the east there's a clear delineation where the new ice formed, with thousands of frost flowers, just last night - unsafe. Then there is the ferry channel to the west and rough ice toward the city. So the skateable area is well defined.

Some of us are going back around 5 pm for a sunset skate.

There is ice on the lake seemingly to the horizon. It looks as if it's snow covered, but actually it's more of the frost flowers. I tested thickness - around an inch and not safe for skating. Who knows what tomorrow might bring? Close to shore at Ward's beach the water is very shallow, so maybe we will give it a try at least there.

Photos by Rick/Simon





 
January 26, 2015

There's some wonderful clear black ice in the harbour, the closer to Toronto the blacker and smoother, and the cracks you see all seem to go down about a foot.

Toronto Star article

 

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