Ontario: Show Some Spring! Webcam Photos – 03.29.09

Ξ March 29th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ cottage country, family, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, marine/marina, nature, Ontario, Photography, spring, Travel/Vacation, webcam |

Reach Harbour

Reach Harbour, Ontario- 03.29.09

If you have a job in which you arrive at the beginning of your shift and then go to a desk area with a computer what do you do? Get up and fix yourself some coffee? Make some conversation with your office-mates? Jump online and go directly to the Weather Channel’s webcam site?

If you are my spouse you skip the coffee and the office mates and go straight to the Ontario webcams.  He told me this last night as we were walking our dog and I knew to respond with “Why? Are you looking for signs of spring?” To which he replied yes, then ticked off a number of benchmarks like the hole in the ice on Head Lake in Haliburton is bigger but he OTOH, sees very little change from the winter scenery on Lake Muscoka.

Lake Muscoka, Gravenhurst 03.29.09

Lake Muscoka, Gravenhurst 03.29.09

Of course what we are both intested in is what Maple Lake looks like  but we have to wait until we get there to really know. It would be fun to watch spring unfold not near Maple Lake as I’m doing here but actually on the Lake which is my plan from this year and beyond. I’ve made that choice as a solid one after going through today and viewing every single Ontraio webcam resource that  is made public online and finding that 90% of them are non-functional/too fuzzy to see anything/being battered about so much that a non-blurry screen shot is impossible ( Niagara Falls). Still, the Weather Channel’s webcam link is your best best to find the most webcams that are operating in some fashion so I continue to rely on them–and am thankful for their availability.

Indian River, Port Carling

Indian River, Port Carling -3.29.09

Head Lake, Haliburton, Ontario -03.29.09

Head Lake, Haliburton, Ontario -03.29.09

Reach Harbour, Lake Erie

Kincardine Harbour, Lake Erie -03.29.09

Penetangore River Channel to Lake Erie, Kincardine

Penetangore River Channel to Lake Erie, Kincardine- 3.29.09


Weekend Weather – Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake, Short and Long Term Weather Forecasts

Ξ March 27th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, marine/marina, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation, weather, webcam |


Haliburton Highlands-Maple Lake area weather forecast for Saturday, March 28 predicts mostly sunny skies with a high of 46°F with no chance of precipitation. To put it shortly, this will be the nicest weather of this week–so enjoy!

Clouds come in by Saturday evening and by Sunday, March 29, expect light rain with accumulations of less than one inch, a high of 48°F  and a low of 35°F.


For Monday, March 30, expect a cloudy day with an occasional sunny break. There’s no rain in the forecast and the temperatures should run 37° for the high and all the way down to the tied-for-coldest night of the week at 21°F. On the last day of March–the 31st–there will be a mix of rain and snow, close to 1″ accumulation of the wet stuff,  and a high of 35°F and the low–for the second night–of 21°F.

Wednesday, April 1st expect isolated flurries and perhaps less than an inch of accumulation. The high will be 30°F and the low 24°F. Looking ahead to Thursday, April 2,  temperatures are on the rise with a forecasted high of 41°F, variable cloudiness, and a low temperature of 24°F.

Pay close attention to Friday’s forecast because if it plays out the way the forecasters are predicting it will have an impact on your daily activities. The forecast for Friday April 3, calls for 10″ of SNOW.  The high is to be 37°F and low 28°F.

Have a great week! 🙂


Ontario to hit record $14.1B deficit in 2009(!)

Ξ March 27th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ business, Canada, government/politics, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Travel/Vacation, United States |


1 Canadian dollar = 0.813008 U.S. dollars

Ontario will rack up a record $14.1-billion deficit in 2009

Ontario will rack up a record $14.1-billion deficit in 2009 as it commits billions to infrastructure projects and job retraining aimed at pulling the province out of a recession, provincial Finance Minister Dwight Duncan revealed on Thursday in the tabling of his $108.9-billion budget.

The fiscal plan also proposes corporate tax cuts to ease costs for struggling businesses and stimulate investment in Ontario’s sagging economy, which has shed hundreds of thousands of jobs in recent years.

The budget forecasts a deficit of $3.9 billion in the 2008-2009 fiscal year, followed by a deficit of $14.1 billion in 2009-2010. It anticipates Ontario will run deficits for the next seven years, with a proposed return to balanced books no later than the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

The province and the federal government have also agreed to harmonize the provincial sales tax and GST into a single 13 per cent sales tax by July 1, 2010, which Duncan called the “next essential step” in growing the province’s economy and improving competitiveness.

It also allocates a $3.4-billion contingency fund, from which an unspecified amount can be directed toward a bailout package for the province’s beleaguered auto industry once negotiations with automakers are completed.

You know what alarms me about Ontario’s fiscal situation? Just last summer the Canadian dollar was worth more than the American. For the first time ever we spent more to vacation in Ontario at the cottage that in my entire life! And I was completely happy to do so. Happy for Canada, happy for Ontario. But in less than nine months time the Canadian dollar has plummeted to be worth roughly 80 cents on the American buck! Call me fiscally naive but that seems really out of whack. What the heck happened?! And so quickly.

Here in the States we are up a creek with no paddle but this has been building for many years. I have to think that the Canadian economy was in a fix 9 months ago but something was over-inflated and it appeared you all were fine. Best of luck. We’ve got a long slog too so at least you are not alone. Hate to consider this but I’ve been told that as the US goes so goes Canada about 6 months later and darned if  it’s not happening.

Second point. What is with the word “harmonize” when describing the fusing of  the provincial sales tax and GST into a single 13 per cent sales tax? Harmonize? Really? The politicians really know how to spin.

And 13%? Oi! Even with socialized medicine as a benefit and that silly baby supplement that families get– a 13% tax? We have the highest sales tax in the United States and it’s 10.25%. Honestly, when I really start comparing the two countries I have to believe that Canada is not better off than the States. What’s next? Your infant mortality rates going up and life expectancy going down? Do you really want to follow the muddy path that the States has followed– or is it too late? I hope not. On both counts.


Between Seasons – Lake Michigan, Chicago, IL – Lake Muscoka, Gravenhurst, Ontario

Ξ March 22nd, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Photography, spring, United States, weather, webcam, winter |

In some ways right now–past the mid-point in March is the hardest time of year here in the Midwest in regard to the weather. We hope that the worst of winter is over with yet still we’ll be unsurprised if we get hit again with winter weather and the plows and the salting commence. On the flip side, there’s no snow left on the ground, the grass is showing hints of green, the birds are chirping like crazy, bunnies are hopping about–you get the idea. It feels like spring is almost here yet it remains elusive–quite far away still. Our seasons are very odd in that the transition time is short. It’s not months–it’s only weeks that we experience both a traditional spring or fall. The rest of the time it’s either summer or winter. For now, no matter what the calendar says–it’s winter.

Navy Pier, Chicago, Lake Michigan IL, USA

Navy Pier, Chicago, Lake Michigan, IL, USA -March 22, 2009

Lake Muscoka, Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada - March 22, 2009

Lake Muscoka, Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada - March 22, 2009


Southern – Central Ontario Haliburton Highlands 7-Day Weathercast

Ξ March 21st, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Photography, spring, weather, webcam, winter |


Lake Superior, Ontario, Canada March 19, 2009

Bottom line for the Haliburton-Maple Lake Area is NO snow from the 21-27 of March–all next week. On only one day–Thursday, March  is there” a 90% chance of showers. Finally, every day next week is forecasted to be above freezing with three days– Weds, Thursday  & Friday having temps  closer to 50°F than 40!

Weekend Weather Haliburton Highlands

Weekend Weather Haliburton Highlands

March 21- 27 Long Term - Weather Haliburton Highlands - Maple Lake

March 21- 27 Long Term - Weather Haliburton Highlands - Maple Lake


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