We imagined that we would continue south past Old Mill and onto the southern stretch of the trail to come out right at the lake. Ha!!
Not a chance. The path was completely covered in humungous blocks of ice that stretched from the banks of the raging river. NOW we understand why all the barbecue pits and picnic tables have been removed from this area. They must have been getting crushed every spring.
Tot stood on top of the mound of ice to take photos of the area to the south.
We slogged across the sodden grass close to the river to stand on the pedestrian path just above the historical plaques about Samuel de Champlain (not in the photo; they are just to the left virtually hidden by ice).
Looking north, this summer photo of historical plaques about Samuel de Champlain shows the same tree as in the photo Tot took. If we had been intrepid, we might have clambered down over the ice to take a photo from the same angle. But we didn't want to get our feet wet... (click on images to see larger views). On Sunday, we stopped and had a picnic sitting on the park bench shown in the summer photo.
We were amazed that the trees were relatively unharmed considering the size of the the ice blocks that had pummelled them.