For those among us who find this shoulder season – after winter activities wrap up and close but before campsites and rivers open for the summer – this can be a trying time, often spent digging up obscure data on ice melt rates and dates.

Algonquin Park ice-out will be late this year!

Well it’s worth mentioning perhaps, as Algonquin sits with almost 2 feet of snow on the ground, that this day in 2012 was actually the earliest ice-out in Algonquin Park on record.

On March 29, 2012, Algonquin Park was snow and ice free!

That spring saw temps reaching +26.5C in mid-March, resulting in a record early ice out before the end of March.. This record breaking event allowed a few visitors to paddle and even swim in the month of March.

Normally, Algonquin Park’s ice out occurs in late April or early May – last year’s ice out occurred on May 10. Conditions in Algonquin Park are more wintry this year, as lakes remain completely ice covered, ski trails remain open, and an average of 53 centimetres of snow is on the ground.

Patience is a virtue, right?

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