These photos are from New Year's morning. I wanted to post them separate from the polar dip so waited for today. The front canoe is maned by a couple of the most dedicated paddlers I have met. Cambridge residents Lynda and Art Alyea are currently on a admirable streak of 60 straight months canoeing. Their trips take place mostly on the Grand and Speed rivers and sometimes include friends. With winter weather providing quite an obstacle I am amazed they have kept it going so long. On this day they were joined by friends and fellow enthusiasts Bob Fraser and Steve Tuck. A stretch of the Grand had open water bellow the Parkhill dam and was enough to bag month 60.
I photographed their trip from three different bridges including the Concession St. bridge. I really like the view that looks back towards downtown Galt and showcases the high steeples of two of the downtown churches. As the group progressed I drove down to the GTO and shot their approach through some thin sheets of ice. It probably would have been a tough trip today with the bitter cold air. I guess timing was everything in this case.
With the shoreline bordered by ice and snow a rope, previously placed was used to help haul their crafts up out of the icy water. Congrats on your 60th month Art and Lynda, glad you could share with Bob and Steve. I am happy I had the chance to be there too.