Helicopters Canada confirms that Lake Nipissing was free of ice as of Monday, May 14th.
“As far as we are concerned we are saying that the ice was off the lake as of Monday,” Helicopters Canada stated via text to BayToday.ca this afternoon.
The May 14th date is only five days short of the record date of May 19th which was set way back in 1926.
Chief Commanda II officials were hesitant to make the official confirmation the lake was ice-free but on the weekend, but they knew it was close.
“I think that I could see some on the other side of the Goose Islands on Saturday, but I'd imagine that it's long gone by now,” Rich Stivrins, from the Chief Commanda II told BayToday on Monday night.
Last year the ice left Lake Nipissing on April 24th and traditionally Mother Nature removes the ice from the lake in late April or early May but very rarely does it creep into the mid part of May.