Long-range Weather and Fall Foliage Forecast for Haliburton County/Maple Lake Area

Ξ October 31st, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, marine/marina, Ontario, Photography, weather, webcam |

Ottawa Confederate Park, halloween

Ottawa Confederate Park, Halloween '08

Despite the early snow this week it appears that–at least for now Ottawa is snow-free. More photos of fall in Ontario below the weather forecast.

Short and Long Range Weather Forecast for the Haliburton Highlands and Maple Lake:

Trick or Treaters best dress warmly as Friday’s seasonal temperatures will plunge well-below freezing as evening passes. Saturday will have lots of sun with below-normal temperatures with a high of 37F. Looking forward through Sunday expect some warming, cloudy periods and a high of 41F. The extended forecast can be viewed by clicking below.

The extended forecast  shows  quite a variety of weather–very much above normal for most of next week but the temperatures take a nosedive on Saturday with a cloudy day and below-normal temperatures on Sunday. Please have a look at the 14-day forecast in the graphic above for more details.

Fall Colours in the Ottawa Region: The colours have advanced quickly over the last week or so in the Ottawa area and are now just past peak with about 20% leaf fall. The region still offers some nice pockets of bright orange, red and yellow along the beautiful Rideau Canal as well as the Ottawa parkland areas.

Ottawa National War Memorial

Ottawa National War Memorial-Halloween '08

(click to enlarge all photos)

Parliament Hill Halloween

Parliament Hill- Halloween '08

National Gallery of Canada- Halloween

National Gallery of Canada- Halloween '08

And a few shots from Cottage Country on Halloween Day ’08:

Lake Muscoka, Gravenhurst

Lake Muscoka, Gravenhurst

Kincardine looking pretty empty on Halloween '08

Kincardine looking pretty empty on Halloween

Chapleau River

Chapleau River


Late fall Storms hit Ontario, Quebec, leave many in the dark

Ξ October 30th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ nature, Ontario, Photography, weather, webcam |

Too early for snow--yet here it is

Too early for snow--yet here it is

Photo: Shaun Vardon, CTV Ottawa


I was scanning some live webcam photos of Canada today and when I got to more familiar territory saw this:

Above is Ottawa

Yikes! they’ve gotten snow already–and after all that summer rain. Then I thought cool! Look at the hammock. Great picture!

I see from checking further that parts of Ontario and Quebec On the night of the 28th got hit with this :

The storm blew north from the east coast of the U.S., which saw anywhere from five to 30 centimetres of snow Tuesday, causing power outages and road and school closures throughout New York State, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

 Eastern Ontario’s first snowfall came early this year. Last year’s first major storm hit the area on November 16.

 The 2007/2008 winter season was one of the snowiest in recent memory for the region, as snowfall levels approached the 1970-71 record of 441.1 centimetres.

Bu things are improving slowly as of Thursday morning.

The storm left behind as much as 15 centimetres of snow and thousands of homes and businesses were without power.

 Wet, heavy snow downed tree branches and power lines, knocking out power for about 22,000 Hydro One customers in eastern Ontario and more than 70,000 customers in Quebec.

 In Ontario, the majority of power outages hit east of highway 4-16 to the Quebec border and included Winchester, Arnprior, Brockville and Vankleek Hill.

Yikes, what a mess!

“Hydro” is electricity but I’ll bet you know that since there’s a 70 percent chance you are Canadian.



Stop Surfing, Start Studying

Ξ October 25th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ maplelakeontario.com |

Getting a post-high school education is something that people of all ages and stages in their life, as well as from a spectrum of economic backgrounds consider.

Added to the roster of many financial considerations which have popped up in the last year or two is the cost of transportation. Especially if you were considering commuting to school, the cost to get you to school and back must be factored in as a major expenditure. And so it’s unsurprising that pursuing Online Degrees is an option that five times more people chose over getting a degree in the traditional fashion.

If you are interested in a comprehensive search directory of where you can pursue online degree programs  and/or courses please click the link above.


Weather Forecast For Haliburton County/Maple Lake Ontario 10.25-11.07, Ontario Sunsets, Fall Colours

Ξ October 24th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ cottage country, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, weather, webcam |

Kawagama Lake, Dorset sunset, 10.23.09

Kawagama Lake, Dorset sunset~ 10.23.09

Weather Forecast, Haliburton Highlands, 10.25-11.07

Weather Forecast Haliburton Highlands, 10.25-11.07

If you are planning on spending some time in the Haliburton Highlands this weekend, be sure to plan some indoor activities as the weekend calls for rain on both Saturday, the 25th and Sunday, the 26th.  As  we move into the work week, Monday brings plummeting tempertures and as the day progresses snow in some areas. Temperatures remain well below normal with a slight reprieve moving into mid-week. Wednesday’s weather should be mostly cloudy with temps. stabilizing to about 5C through Thursday when they climb a bit, though still remain below normal throughout the first weekend of November. There is no rain in the forecast for November 1-2  so make sure you wear layers and get outside if you can  to enjoy late autumn in Cottage Country.

EDIT/Courtesy of the Weather Network:

The colours are well past peak with considerable leaf fall in the Parry Sound, Muskoka and Haliburton regions. There are still areas of dull red, orange and yellow remaining. The Bala Cranberry Festival and the Hike Haliburton Festival are two excellent events where you can enjoy the remaining colours this weekend. In the Kawartha Lakes region the colours are well past peak with 40% leaf fall. There are still some nice pockets of red, rust, yellow and deep orange. The Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls area and onto the Kinmount region always offer some nice fall colour touring. Highways 35 and 121 are excellent fall colour routes.

I hope you enjoy the webcam stills. They were all taken last night within minutes of one another as the sun was setting.

Lake Muscoka, Gravenhurst

Lake Muscoka, Gravenhurst

Prince Arthur's Landing, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Prince Arthur's Landing, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Confederation Park, Ottawa, Canada

Confederation Park, Ottawa, Canada

Silver Lake, Ontario

Silver Lake, Ontario

Reach Harbour, near Buckhorn, Ontario

Reach Harbour, near Buckhorn, Ontario


Long Range Weather Forecast Maple Lake, Haliburton Highlands

Ξ October 17th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, marine/marina, Ontario, Photography, weather, webcam |

Port Carling - Indian River

Port Carling - Indian River

The weather appears to have settled into a normal pattern with Saturday, October 18 looking particularly bright and sunny, if a bit below normal temperatures. The two-week extended forecast is showing rain 50% of the time, though by midweek next week temperatures rise substantially above normal.

Regardless of what you have planned, have a great time in the Haliburton Highlands!

Fall Colours FYI: The Muskoka area and across to the Haliburton region are at peak fall colours with bright pockets of burgundy, red and orange. Ideal viewing locations are the fire tower lookout in Dorset and Lion’s Lookout in Huntsville. Highways 35, 117 and 118 always offer outstanding fall colour.


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