Around this time of the year, just  after the winter solstice, Christmas and New Year, temperatures are below zero Celsius, often the sun is out and getting stronger and that brings out the people who enjoy winter: ice sailors from the Kingston Yacht Club and local younger folks who make a skating rink in no time and enjoy a game of hockey.

The sailors are here because their most desired venue, Lake Ontario will take much more time to freeze over, and Colonel By Lake is shallow enough to have a good layer of wind blown ice that makes ice sailing such an attractive and fast sport. It is quiet too and a joy for the eye. The ice boats go easily 60 km per hour, sometimes faster and it is not completely without mishaps. Last year one of the sailors collided with a frozen-in buoy and wrecked his boat. the boats are not that complex and relatively easy to repair with some plywood, epoxy resin and some fibre glass matting.

The skating rink will grow, every kid or parent will come with a snow shovel and enlarge the rink. When the ice is strong enough we might even see motorized snow clearing. And… the motor races might start? Maybe, maybe not, most of us would prefer not.

Enjoy these photos what can be more Canadian than these scenes?

skating jan 2 2014 a

skating sailing jan 2 2014 a

skating sailing jan 2 2014


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