Skip to main content

Ice break on Georgina Island shows no respect for waterfront cottages


The coastline of Georgina Island is being overrun by ice.

Magnificent mountains of ice crystals crept up the beach from Lake Simcoe onto land Wednesday.

Noah Mccue took photos of a cottage on the northwest side of the island that faces the Barrie area.

"Fortunately, it was unoccupied. However, the deck and a good portion of the house were swallowed up by all the ice pack," Mccue said. "I'd say some mountains ranging from eight feet to 15 feet (high)."

Ice breaks into a house on Georgina Island, Wed., Feb. 28, 2024 (Courtesy: Noah Mccue)

Mccue said the great ice push happened Wednesday due to the spike in warm weather mixed with the rain and high winds that caused a massive amount of ice to flood the shorelines of the big lake.

The ice rush happens "a lot of the time near the end of the season. It was the high winds that managed to push the ice up to the Points roads," he said.Ice creeps up on a cottage on Georgina Island, Wed., Feb. 28, 2024 (Source: Andrew Arminen)

Another islander, Andrew Arminen, wrote on social media, "The pack is 20 feet high and (I've) no idea about the width. Was not about to climb (the) pile to check it out."

Arminen told CTV News the lake is "100 yards away at our cottage. Ice stopped 25 feet short of the deck." Top Stories

'Rust' armourer gets 18 months in prison for fatal shooting by Alec Baldwin on set

A movie weapons supervisor was sentenced to 18 months in prison in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer by Alec Baldwin on the set of the Western film "Rust," during a hearing Monday in which tearful family members and friends gave testimonials that included calls for justice and a punishment that would instill greater accountability for safety on film sets.

Donald Trump hush money trial, explained

All of Donald Trump's trials and the characters involved make for a complicated legal mess, particularly when the four criminal cases are added to Trump's civil liability for defamation and sexual misconduct and for business fraud. Here's what to know to get up to speed on this first criminal trial, starting April 15, 2024.

Here's what to expect in the 2024 federal budget

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will be presenting the 2024 federal budget on Tuesday, revealing how the federal Liberal government intends to balance the nearly $40 billion in pre-announced new spending with her vow to remain fiscally prudent.

Prince Harry in legal setback about security protection in U.K.

Prince Harry's fight for police protection in the U.K. received another setback on Monday, when a judge rejected his request to appeal an earlier ruling upholding a government panel's decision to limit his access to publicly funded security after giving up his status as a working member of the royal family.

Stay Connected