Icy beaches at Red Point & Naufrage

Three good reasons drew me outside today: I’m feeling much better, snow has been cleared enough to get around, and it was very sunny! To make the most of the day I visited two beaches, one at Red Point and one at Naufrage, and both beaches were half frozen.

I bundled up to protect my skin from the intense cold, I honestly don’t mind the wind chill but I do have to get used to it again after two years in balmy BC. At Red Point it was about -20, cold enough to make me wish I’d brought more layers. The temperature difference between the air and water was large enough to make the sea steam, which looked very pretty in the morning sun:


There was little to no snow on the beach, a marked difference with the interior of the island where in some places the snow is several feet deep.


What was present on the beach was ice, in all kinds of shapes:

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At Naufrage the beach was filled with ice too:

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My actual purpose for visiting Naufrage was not to walk the beach, but to see if there were any seals present in the harbour. Back in Newfoundland the seals always loved hauling out on the ice in frozen harbours, so today I was curious if the PEI seals did the same thing. I’ll keep checking in the coming months. 🙂




Great pictures. It looks very cold, but you like that I believe. Very nice shapes of ice. Is there ice in the see also?

No ice on the open sea yet, but the harbour was frozen yesterday. I’m looking forward to March when the real sea ice arrives! 🙂

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