Ice photos on kicksled (spark) and touring skates,
- Christmas season 2005 in Alberta has its own page:
Ice photos from Alberta
- Jan 13 2006, Silver Lake, Lakeville Nova Scotia
Lat 45-07'N, Long 64-36'W
Silver Lake is a very small lake, only 600 m around. But today it had
the highest number of nordic skaters in Nova Scotia. Eric had bought new
Lundhags skates, and Elisabet (from Hjo, Sweden) tried my extra pair. Is
this the Lakeville Långfärdsskridsko Klubb?
- Feb 11 2006. Little Lake, Greenfield NS
It is has been a very poor
ice and snow year. It was the warmest January in 100 years and
many lakes had open water in late January! Today we were skiing
and came to this very small lake. It only takes seconds to switch from
skis to skate blades so I tried skating in about 5 cm
Feb 19 2006 Lake Charles, Shubie Park, Dartmouth, NS 44-43'N 63-33'W
Finally, some good ice! It was cold and windy but we
had blue sky, sunshine and beautiful ice on this urban lake
Parts of the Shubenacadie Canal through Shubie Park are also passable.
With minor portaging around the canal locks and open water it is possible
to continue to Lake Micmac.
- Feb 19 2006, Lake Charles, Dartmouth, NS
- Feb 19 2006, skating on Lake Charles, Dartmouth
- Feb 19 2006, Lesley skating on Lake Charles, Dartmouth
- Feb 19 2006, Lesley's blades on Lake Charles, Dartmouth
Nordic skates slide smoothly over slightly bumpy ice.
- Feb 19 2006, Shubenacadie Canal, Dartmouth
Mar 05 2006, Porters Lake and Lake Charles, NS
Lakes near Wolfville had 5 cm of snow, so I drove to Halifax and we
checked out these lakes near Dartmouth.
Porters Lake (44-39'N 63-19'W) is connected to the ocean by a narrow channel
at Lawrencetown Beach and thus is slightly salty and has
a small tide. It is probably the only place in the world
where you see people ice skating, ice sailing or kicksledding
on one side of the highway and people surf boarding on the other!
There was an open "roak" across the southern cove, which we crossed
at the far shore. There were also strips of open water
in the narrow, shallow sounds between islands.
Then we moved to Lake Charles. The ice was skatable,
so we skated a 8 or 10 km loop around the lake, towing the sleds.
Mar 8-9 2006,Gaspereau Lake (44-59'N 64-32W) and Black River Lake
(44-58'N 64-23'W) NS
These lakes near Wolfville had too much snow for skating
but the skiing was excellent. In a few days maybe there will be
excellent skating and kicksledding conditions.
Mar 12 2006,Gaspereau Lake, Lesley (from Halifax) and David (from Wolfville)
The rain and mild weather Mar 10 and 11 did melt most
of the snow, but the temperature didn't go much below freezing,
so there areas of wet slush, over-ice and water puddles.
There were a few skatable sections, but most areas were
very good for the kicksleds. We saw at least 4 eagles, plus
hundreds of gulls.
Mar 19 2006,Gaspereau Lake, Lesley (from Halifax) and David (from Wolfville)
Colder weather and only a little snow in the last week made some excellent
ice. We cruised around the main part of the lake on kicksleds. Unfortunatly,
it looked like a blizzard was coming, so we cut the trip short before
we had a chance to skate on the wonderful ice.
- Mar 19 2006, more "skerries", Gaspereau Lake NS
(reminds one of "Group of Seven" paintings)
- Mar 19 2006, balanced rock, Gaspereau Lake
- 2002, view of same rock from other side several years ago
- Mar 19 2006, rocks in middle of Gaspereau Lake
Update- Mar20, Gaspereau Lake. The "blizzard" that evening was only
about 2 cm of snow, but enough to hide the bumps and weak spots. There
were also gale force winds and drifting snow, but I skated about 15 km
on Gaspereau Lake and Black River Lake,
- Mar 20 2006, skate and tracks in snow, Gaspereau Lake
Mar 21 2006, Five Mile Lake ,44-54'N 63-56'W
Five Mile Lake is a nice wild lake between Windsor and Halifax. It
is 10 km long but only averages 1 km wide and has numerous islands and
skerries. The ice was great for both kicksledding and skating. I went 23
km on the kicksled and skated 18 km.
Mar 26 2006, Lake George ,44-56'N 64-42'W
Lake George is a medium size lake, but a shoreline trip
around all the coves comes to about 9 km. It is one
of the highset elevation lakes in mainland Nova Scotia
(elev 220 m) so has a good ice early and late in the season.
The ice was a bit too soft today for skating but
we had a nice tour on kicksleds, probably the last ice of the season.
back to spark article
back to nordic skating article
back to first page of ice photos
Wolfville Ridge , Nova Scotia, Canada