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inter is a wonderful time of year on the Island. Early winter brings the beauty of fresh snow on old logging roads and crystal clear ice glimmering in the canopies above.  Later in the season a shelf of ice surrounds the Island and transforms the view from the refraction of light through the moving waves to a frozen map of the wind. Some venture out in the afternoon sun on snowmobiles while others make their path with skis or snowshoes.  All enjoy seeing the wonder of the windswept patterns, shards of blue ice pushed up through the reflecting pools of the week prior, waves splashing against the edge of the shelf and creating new ice sculptures, and the fresh snow and ice which marks a new path every year. Durings years when we are especially lucky, such as the winter of 2003, spectacular ice caves as shown in the photographs below have been formed along the shoreline.

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