Looking south west towards the Kawartha Lakes. Just on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield and you can see all the work here that has been done by glaciers. Truly amazing the view we get up here. Much better then reading about it in a text book :)
FL250 southeast bound. Just passing to the west of Lake Nipissing. In the bottom right hand of the picture is where I spent many summers in my youth at friends of the family's cottage. It's a great fishing destination and the French River which can be seen stemming from the right of Lake Nipissing is fuel of great fishing spots for Pickerel (walleye) and Bass.
Now Fes what is happening here to make these circular patterns ? This is just off the coast of Georgian Bay west of Muskoka and near Parry Sound. The whole area is scared well from glaciers and you can get to see some interesting designs.
These photo's are not quite in sequence because of the issues I had with Blogger but this is the sunset the evening we flew to Blanc Sablon, Quebec. It had been a 1160 nautical mile flight of sky clear with just a few higher clouds in sections caused by a bit of moisture and the jet stream being located in the area. This is just at Land's End (native name: Gaspe'). I have done this trip about 4 times and even though its usually 4 hours of sitting its well worth it.
In a single engine airplane you must maintain gliding distance to shore when over water and also be within 50 miles of it at a maximum if your glide range is greater. From 30,000 feet in a PC12 using the rule of thumb of 2 miles traveled for every 1000 feet of altitude you would safely be able to make land 60 miles away. But staying with 50 miles and in a no wind condition you would easily make it. Add a 20 knot headwind into the equation you might have wished you had two engines especially when faced at what lies below. In this picture the wind on the surface is howling and the waves as seen from 27,000 feet look pretty mean. If I plan to travel over water that would be near the maximum glide for the plane I plan to make my route into wind so that in most cases gliding to shore will be with the wind. This is just off the coast of the Gaspe peninsula over Honguedo Strait between Anticosti Island.
Again same area on the Peninsula taken again by the co-pilot. He seems to always do a wicked job at capturing the photo's.
570 nautical miles to go. From the last photo's we have about 200 miles to go to get to the rugged interior of the Gaspe Peninsula. Since air traffic was light heading our way we got direct to the destination from Montreal Center.
Washboard appearance here NE of Quebec City. You can see off in the distance the deeply gouged out river valley that is seen in previous shots.
A closer view of the same area.
River Valley on Google Maps
We had to bank pretty good at FL270 to get in this shot. We are directly over Ottawa Airport in this picture. Kinda looks like a sat shot because the camera is shooting straight down. This was panned out as I any zoom would not fit the whole airport in. This is the first snow cover in awhile.
Canada's Capital: Ottawa, Ontario. In the middle of the shot you can see the Rideau Canal which when frozen is the largest skating rink in the world. The canal was built in the 1800's because of the threat of American attacks on ships traveling the St. Lawrence, between Montreal and Kingston. Parliament hill sits right beside the canal and backs on the Ottawa River looking across at Quebec (Hull).
Ski hills just north of Montreal. Photo by co-pilot.