Three years ago Karen and I headed north up the Hudson River to check out the ice. This winter has been so mild, I doubt there’s much ice to look at on the Hudson. So to find ice we had to go farther—to Québec City and the St. Lawrence River.
The evening we arrived we climbed up to the Plains of Abraham for a big-picture view of the river. I don’t think you can see how cold it was, but you can see the wind on the water:
The next day we decided to get a close-up view of the ice, and we took the ferry across to Lévis. You can see the ferry at the bottom of the picture above. The ice was pretty thick, and the ferry had to push through the floes.
Some of them were big enough that the boat would shudder as it crashed into them:
Looking back toward Québec:
Looking at this view, I pretended I was on the deck of an Arctic icebreaker:
Québec and the Château Frontenac:
Back on the Québec side, we looked across to Lévis. Here you can see both ferries cutting paths through the ice:
A few miles to the east the St. Lawrence splits around the Île d’Orléans. The shipping channel runs to the south of the island, and the north side is allowed to ice over completely: