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I am retired and exploring the world on foot, by canoe and kayak. You see and experience much more this way. No luxury resorts on some tropical beach for me.
Dawson Point dock on Wolfe Island in winter
Dozens of swans and thousands of geese inhabit the waters around Wolfe Island until winter freeze up. These geese are in Canada, that is the USA in the background. Ocean freighters ply these waters from April to December.
Deer by the dozen (16 to be exact) enjoy a spring day on Wolfe Island.
Wolfe Island ferry approaches Kingston in a strong January wind. The air and water temperatures are both at freezing. The historic Kingston-Wolfe Island ice road operated just beyond the ferry at this time of year until it was closed in 1984. It was plowed of snow, and marked with used Christmas trees. Global warming keeps it from freezing the way it used to.
Looking east along the Wolfe Island Canal, started in 1852 by the Wolfe Island Canal and Railway Company. It was dredged 30 m. wide, 2.1 m. deep and 2 km long. It was last used in 1932. It has filled with sediments. It provided a safe passage for rail traffic that reached Cape Vincient, then to Kingston by boat. There was some pressure in the 1980's and in the early 2000's to reopen it, but the need is gone.
Marysville Public School and the Seperate School replaced 15 one room schools scattered around the island. High schools students have to go to Kingston for their education.
Slab ice formed on Lake Ontario, then gale force winds piled it up here.
Ice "volcanoes" and slab ice pile up along this shore at - 15 C.
Old Fort Henry, Wolfe Island Ferry, Tundra and Mute Swans seen from Wolfe Island. The Tundra swans often have a yellow patch in front of the eye. Trumpter swans never have it. Mute swans with orange beaks are an invasive species from Europe.
Wolfe island is a popular destination for Snowy Owls and bird watchers every winter.
Wind trubines being erected on Wolfe Island in 2008. Note the crane operators cab at the lower left side of the crane, and the black solid iron counter weights on the crane. The three blades go up as a single unit. It took a collection of cranes to erect this crane.
Storm tossed waves, ice and spray coat the cars at the Dawson Point dock on Wolfe Island.
Looking west along the former Wolfe Island Canal built in 1852 for barges and steamers between Cape Vincent and Kingston. It was used until 1932 for small boats. Travel around the west end of Wolfe Island is treacherous due to many sholes and huge waves on Lake Ontario. John A. McDonald who later became Canada's first Prime Minister was one of it's directors. It was incorporated as the Wolfe Island Canal and Railway Co..
Point Alexandria Cemetary, belonging to the Wolfe Island United Church. Many of the old marble tomb stones have lost their inscriptions but would date back to 1840's. It is 10 km from Marysville United Church for a reason. It is located on a drumlin which has sandy soils deposited by the last ice age. Most of Wolfe Island has shallow clay soils, unsuitable for a cemetary. The drumlin can be seen in the satellite photo extending 1 km NE under water.
The blue ice formed when the lake was calm. The dirty ice on the right was built up when the air was -15 C and a storm stirred up sediments, waves threw the water through the ice volcanoes and then it froze. Lower your "eye alt" below 1 km. for more pictures. For more ice formations and eruptions underway, go to the south shore of Amherst Island, and Point Petre, 12 km. south of Picton.
Slab ice and the vent of an ice "volcano" about 3 to 4 m. high. A second volcano can be seen behind this one. To see an eruption, go to Amherst Island, 1/2 km. east of Stella Road on South Shore Road. For other ice formations, go to Point Petre, Salmon Point and West Point 12 km. south of Picton On. Lower your "eye elev" to get more pictures.
Wolfe Island has a large resident population of wild turkeys.
Geese by the thousands enjoy the large empty fields of Wolfe Island in March.
The Wolfe Island ferry, January 20 2013 in winds gusting to 70 kph. This ferry can carry up to 52 cars and 300 people. It has heated cabins with washrooms along the sides for walk on traffic and cyclists. There are benches on the upper deck for your enjoyment and relaxation. The ride is free for passengers and cars, as is the car wash.
Wolfe Island Ferry on January 31 2013 leaving its Dawson Point dock ( far left). It had skipped the previous run because of high waves, so this is about as rough as they will sail in. The ride is free, as is the car wash for up to 55 cars at a time.
Wolfe Island United Church, established in 1886, built in 1924 as a Methodist Church.
Sacred Heart of Mary, Roman Catholic Church, on Wolfe Island. The first church here was built in 1852, it burned in was replaced with a stone one in 1872. That was taken down and replaced with this one in 1916.
Ice "volcanoes" formed when huge waves hit the shore, shot up as much as 5 m. into the air, through these holes onto the ice at - 15 C and froze. That is Cape Vincent in the USA in the far background. For more spectular ice, go to Point Petre, 12 km. due south of Picton Ontario.
You could skate down his road. This ice was a week old, the main roads on the island were bare. The glare ice on the fields forced the Snowy Owl and other raptors to leave, they could not feed on small rodents throught this ice. About 22 Snowy Owls were observed on the island a few weeks earlier.
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