If The Snow Won't Come To You - Go To The Snow

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage

The New Year has arrived and Christmas 2009 has become a not quite faded  memory.  With no snow in sight for Christmas here in Oakville,  our family decided to head north to Parry Sound, Ontario to find some white stuff.

We weren't disappointed as there was lots of snow to be found.  On Christmas day though, the rain came.  The temperature rose above the freezing mark and the snow disappeared from the surface of Otter Lake, exposing the smooth ice.

As you can see by the photo below Santa did find us, and an enjoyable Christmas holiday was enjoyed by all.

Santa Claus, Parry Sound Ontario, Jenny Kotulak, Windows of the World Photography

Otter Lake, Parry Sound Ontario, Jenny Kotulak

Ice Hockey Anyone ?

Otter Lake, Parry Sound Ontario, Jenny Kotulak

Snow Cone

Parry Sound harbour, Parry Sound lookout tower, Jenny Kotulak photo

Parry Sound Harbour - Lookout Tower

Parry Sound Pier, Parry Sound Harbour, Jenny Kotulak, RE/MAX Parry Sound, Oakville real esate

Parry Sound Pier


Comments (24)

Rick Sergison
EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage - Pickering, ON
Durham Region Real Estate Blog

Hey Jenny!  Great photos!  As my daughter once said when she was too little to understand the concept of a changing year - Happy New You!

Jan 03, 2010 03:59 PM
Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake

Great shots, Jenny.  I'm glad you found some white stuff.  I took the 75 mile drive south to Spokane, WA today for some indoor tennis and there was NO snow at all!  I couldn't believe it.  We have over 100" here at Schweitzer Mountain...I had no idea.

Jan 03, 2010 04:04 PM
Toronto, ON

Jenny - I haven't been through Parry Sound in at least the past couple of years so it's nice to see it again.  Well, a bit of snow come to my end of Toronto yesterday so I don't need to go up north to see it.  Unfortunately, it also brought a lot of coooolllllld.    Bbbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Jan 03, 2010 04:21 PM
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Jenny... is it just me or does Santa look like he got run over by his sleigh and flattened?  I think Blitzen was the ring leader in the reindeer conspiracy!

Jan 03, 2010 04:51 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jenny, I was Laughing out load reading Steve's comment. And just then the stupid song jumped into head, "Grandma got run over by a Reindeer" .Glad you found the snow ,sorry it melted but I know there will be more and it will a special again because it will be very white and new and no dirt on it, LOL..

Jan 03, 2010 04:57 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Jenny, that's a perfect ice skating rink!  The surface looks like a mirror! I would think the ice gets thick enough there.  Enjoy and have a wonderful New Year!

Jan 03, 2010 11:50 PM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi Jenny - Sounds like you had a good time in your search for snow! Personally, I've seen enough already!


Jan 04, 2010 01:47 AM
Haris Dedic
Villager Realty 847-878-2588 - Glenview, IL
Glenview Real Estate - Chicago North Shore

Jenny ~ I asked Santa for a good Camera and he delivered :)

Happy New Year!

Jan 04, 2010 04:37 AM
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Oh the snow has come to us just fine here in northern NH.... Thanks for sharing the nice pics....

Jan 04, 2010 05:59 AM
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

Hi Diane - Ah, you aren't complaining about the snow are you????? :)

Hi Haris - I can't wait to see your works of art from the new camera.  What did you end up getting?

Hi Debi - At least I was able to come home and leave it behind up north but we did end up getting a couple inches yesterday.  No storms yet like last year.

Hi Silvia- our kids used to have great hockey games there in past years.  Some years there was lots of snow on top and they had to shovel a rink but these are ideal conditions.


Jan 04, 2010 09:40 AM
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

Very funny Steve - Poor old Santa.  My inlaws have had him kicking around for at least  the 33 years that I have known them.  But we can blame Blitzen if you want.


Hi William - I hate dirty snow too, lol.  That darn old song is quite catchy isn't it?  And Steve?  Well Steve must have been having one of his Silly Steve moments. :)

Hi Marc - I must say I don't like this cold spell.  Even with my long johns on, I'm finding it a little nippy. 

Hi Kent - You drove 75 miles to play tennis????  You just needed a little change from skiing?  Sounds like you have a good base on the mountain.

Hi Rick - Happy New You to you also lol.  I hope you enjoyed the holidays.  Nice to see you back.

Hi Lisa - You know I"m smiling at your comment right?  Actually I do feel bad for the fruit trees.  I sure hope the frost doesn't get them.

Hi Chris - Happy New Year to you also.  We also enjoy Otter Lake in the summer. 

Aw come on Steve - Can't you picture yourself slippin' and slidin' on that ice???  Sounds like fun doesn't it??



Jan 04, 2010 09:57 AM
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

Hi John, Windermere is still there.  They renovated recently I think.  I don't get up to cottage country much during the winter months as I don't like driving in bad weather.  It is nice being there though when it snows and blows and you know you don't have to go anywhere and just enjoy it.

Jan 04, 2010 10:05 AM
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Looks like a winter wonderland, perfect for Christmas time Jenny. We will be finally heading up through your homestead and then over to ours tomorrow night, so we hope the snow holds off a few more hours! 

Jan 04, 2010 11:24 AM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Happy New Year Jenny!  I'm glad you found the snow, the lake looks like a great lake for skating or ice hockey!  Great photos, as always :-)

Jan 04, 2010 02:09 PM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Jenny, we tried to escape the snow! LOL Great photos!

Jan 04, 2010 04:29 PM
Gerry Khatchikian
Red Lodge, MT


I see that you and your family missed the snow so much to actually go on an expedition to try and find it.  Most people (especially those in warmer climates) would find that hard to believe but the Canadian in me understands it perfectly.  It looks like Santa in photo #1 was also worried and was measuring the snow (not even one horizontal bar on a scale of 5) to try to shed some light.  :)  Nice photos of Parry Sound!

Jan 05, 2010 12:52 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Jenny-I have plenty of snow for you-even high winds and ice if you want it too!  LOL


Jan 05, 2010 11:18 AM
Haris Dedic
Villager Realty 847-878-2588 - Glenview, IL
Glenview Real Estate - Chicago North Shore

Nikon D5000. Now we need to start enjoying it and also find a good photography magazine to subscribe.

Jan 06, 2010 03:28 PM
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

Al & Peg - I'm sure there is a lot more snow in Orillia since last time you were up.  Quite a change from Marco Island.

Hi Mary - The kids used to have so much fun on the lake when they were little.  Sometimes we would build a bonfire on the ice at night and sit around enjoying the stars.

Tony and Darcy - I know, some people think I'm crazy when I say I went looking for the snow lol. 

Hi Gerry - Parry Sound is a great place to visit but I don't think I could live there.  The population of 6500 is a little too tame for me lol. 

Hi Debra - Yes, we've had the high winds too.  It's a little spooky when I'm walking in the forest with the dog and the trees start creaking. 

Jan 08, 2010 04:13 PM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

I have to laugh at what you said about the trees creaking.  I was showing a house last Sunday and it was extremely cold-very blustery and it was snowing.  When we got out of the car at the house and headed up the sidewalk the trees across the street were "creaking." (the wind was extremely cold and strong) The woman was so freaked by the sound (it was extremely weird I have to admit) she almost didn't want to go into the house.  It was loud and as we got closer to the house it got louder and louder as we got further away from it.  Figure that out!  LOL

Jan 09, 2010 08:35 AM