Cavendish Beach is one of my favourite beaches on Prince Edward Island, though I have many. We have never been to this beach in winter so this fine day without the wind was a perfect opportunity to explore this favourite place.
The steps down to the beach normally have sand drifted over them.
There is more than usual today and one doesn’t sink into it as usually happens. This sand is frozen but safe under foot from the gritty cover.
The beach isn’t as I expected. There isn’t sea ice back near the dunes.
Rather an ice wall lines the shoreline and the tidal zone is covered in broken ice and snow.
Closer to the dunes, the sand has ice underneath and the surface makes walking easy. This beach is flooded really, the water frozen, waiting for heat to release it to sink into the sand or flow back to sea.
At first glimpse, open water is beyond the ice wall but a closer look reveals the ice, a thin sheen over the surface.
It isn’t thick yet, though it had been if the ice wall is any indication. The freeze-thaw cycle this winter has been unusual, affecting the ice around the island.
My husband and I walked the beach this day, taking in the winter air and the setting. on a gorgeous winter day.