Ice canoe race draws 175 athletes to Montreal for ultimate showdown
What do you get when you mix ice, canoes and athletes? A sport that is uniquely Quebec, of course
Ice canoeing — it's a tradition that dates back to the 17th century, when locals needed a way to cross the St. Lawrence River between Quebec City and Lévis during the winter months.
Overtime, the winter activity evolved from a necessary means of transportation into a competitive sport.
Flash forward to 2016, when 175 participants from as far away in the province as Rimouski and Abitibi gathered at Montreal's Old Port on Saturday for the fourth annual Ice Canoe Challenge.
The five members teams use spiked boots to propel themselves along the ice until they hit open water, at which point they jump into their canoes and paddle like mad.
CBC's Raffy Boudjikanian stopped by the race on Saturday to watch as athletes faced off in the unique Quebec sport.
Team Stein Monast actually has a former U.S. Olympic rower on their team. <a href="https://t.co/7mUZ8d8rQo">pic.twitter.com/7mUZ8d8rQo</a>—@CBCRaffy
A quick test run for Team Volvo. They say they are in it to win it. <a href="https://t.co/eJuZ4v8Asd">pic.twitter.com/eJuZ4v8Asd</a>—@CBCRaffy
Ever wondered what a big storage room full of people preparing for an ice canoe challenge looked like? Voila. <a href="https://t.co/CjLWwHdU8u">pic.twitter.com/CjLWwHdU8u</a>—@CBCRaffy