I drove from North Vancouver to Alta Lake, Whistler, B.C. The drive up was uneventful, there was no snow on the highway, only a little at the side of the road.
I turned left off of the Sea to Sky highway onto Hillcrest Drive, then right onto Alpine Crescent, left onto Alta Vista Road, and finally onto Lakeside Road. The boat launch is at the foot of Carleton Way. The trip up quick as the traffic was light and there were no slippery sections on the highway.
The boat launch is at the foot of Carleton Way.
Time to unpack Gwragedd Annwn. I take off her travel cover, load my gear into her, unstrap her from the trailer and get the bumpers, oarlocks and oars ready. In she goes!
I pull her onto the beach and then go to look for parking.
There is no parking near the boat launch. One side of every street is posted “No Parking”. ( I suppose for the snow plows) I luck out and find a spot on the West side of Lakeside Road. There is also parking at Lakeside Park, however, I do not see any dedicated boat trailer and tow vehicle parking. At this time of the year, I guess there is not much demand. I walk back to Gwragedd Annwn.
The round concrete structures are part of the sanitary sewer system. They are some sort of pump house/ inspection access structure.
I thought that the funny reflection to the South was the wind on the water.
The water is quite flat with a 3 to 5 kph drift from the North. I am rowing with my Pogies on.
There are a lot of pretty houses on the lake.
I row North, staying as close to the shore as possible…there are many docks reaching out from the shore.
The two flags to the left hang limp. I begin to warm-up. My feet, however stay cold. I have to get better boots for cold-weather rowing.
There is a small pond off of the lake. I do not know what it is called. It is iced-over and I cannot row Gwragedd Annwn in. I row into the ice and it is too thick for me to go very far.
I have passed three houses under construction and or being renovated.
There is a hiking trail beside the Lake called The Blueberry Trail. There were a couple of ladies walking a dog when I rowed by. They were very friendly.
I continue to row North.
I do not know what boating centre this is.
I row down until the current becomes strong. Urban Oarsman Matt has warned me that the river is too narrow for rowboats…He speaks from experience.
The North end of the lake is shallow and reedy. I poke into some open water, but much of the lake is frozen in the shallows. This is an observation tower at the North End.
Rainbow Park is at the North-West end of the lake.
I row South down the lake.
The train tracks run along the West side of the lake. I did not see or hear any trains.
There are no boats out….waiting for the ice-boat regatta season?
Many of the houses on the West side of the tracks have floats in front of them…Many of the boat houses and the houses on shore have the same architectural style.
What I thought was wind-shadow when I launched turns out to be frozen water. The ice extends to the shore. I cannot row through it.
I turn North and row on the edge of the ice…There are many mysterious “holes” in the ice sheet. I do not notice any water up-welling and and have no idea why they are there. They must have a name, I just do not know what it is. Maybe imarnirsaq and or ammaniq?
I continue to row around the ice. I will not be able to row to the South End and into Nita Lake.
I do not know if the ice is always at the South End, or if the wind blows it up and down the lake. There had been winds from the North earlier in the week…
I arrive back at the boat launch, beach Gwragedd Annwn and walk to the FJ. Hard to get the blood back into my feet…I really have to do something about my cold feet.
I load Gwragedd Annwn onto her trailer, strap her on, stow my gear, secure her oars and oarlocks and put her traveling cover on. Ready for the trip home.
Happy rowing to you, stay warm and have fun.