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Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

The days are short,
The sun a spark,
Hung thin between
The dark and dark.

~John Updike from his poem, “January”

Winter has officially arrived at Oak Lake Lodge. Of course, here in Northern Ontario, it has felt like winter since sometime in early November, but on Sunday, December 21st at 5:03pm CST it became official. The significance of the Winter Solstice often gets overlooked in the hurried lead-up to Christmas day and the busyness of the holiday season, but it is worth taking a few moments to ponder the first day of winter.

The Winter Solstice marks the longest amount of night and shortest amount of daylight in the northern hemisphere each year. On December 21st, the earth reached the point where the equator and the sun are furthest apart. Specifically, on the Winter Solstice, the sun’s position in relation to the earth was over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.5 degrees south. So for us here in Northern Ontario, this really is a time of year dominated by night and physical darkness. On Sunday December 21st, in this area of Northern Ontario, the sun rose at 8:06am and set at 4:13pm. That is short - especially when compared to the amount of daylight we experience up here in the summer months. To be precise, it is 8 hours, 14 minutes shorter than at the Summer Solstice here (!).

Depending upon how one views the winter season, the winter solstice can stir-up either positive or negative thoughts. For winter’s despisers it is a reminder that despite already experiencing a few months of cold weather, winter really has only just begun. The more optimistic among us will take some comfort in knowing that the amount daylight will only increase for the next 6 months.

So what does one do with these long, dark, cold winter nights? For those of us who tend to be most busy in the summer, these long winter nights can be a great time to relax and unwind after a summer of seemingly non-stop action; to reflect upon the great memories of summers past; or perhaps to dream and plan for summers future. It can be a fitting time to read some good books, study some new areas of personal interest, to work on a hobby, or hone a craft. For anglers, it can also be a great time of year to prepare for the upcoming fishing season by planning your trips and dedicating time to assessing and organizing your tackle box, sharpening your hooks, and replacing your favourite lost lures.

Whether you enjoy winter or despise it, we hope you are warmed this winter by your memories of summer(s) at Oak Lake Lodge and we hope to have you visit us again to create more lasting memories and experience some of our world-class fishing and hospitality in 2015.

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