MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The countdown has started! It's
only 10 days until the first edition of the Montréal Ice Canoe
Challenge. After an absence of more than 20 years, the Old Port of
Montréal in collaboration with Heritage Maritime Canada is proud to
present this race, part of the Circuit Quebecois de canot à glace, on
February 23. If you love thrills, extreme sports and the St. Lawrence
River, this event is for you!
The Montréal race promises to be spectacular, with a course that runs
between the Clock Tower basin, Parc Jean-Drapeau and the bassin
Alexandra. The variety of conditions (including the powerful
Sainte-Marie current) will satisfy even the toughest teams, and thrill
seekers will get their fill. Most of the course is close to shore,
which will keep spectators spellbound throughout the event.
Thirty-five teams will be at the starting line: Female Elite class, Male
Elite class and Sport class. Most of the teams come from the Québec
City region. There are also canoeists from Versailles (France) and a
women's team that includes two Olympic rowers (Daphné Émond end
After the races between Portneuf, Trois-Rivières, Quebec Carnival, and
Isle-aux-Coudres and and before the final event in Québec City, the
Montréal ice Canoe Challenge is the fifth stop on the Circuit
International de Canot à Glace, with more than $10,000 prize money for
Meeting place: Clock Tower Quay, near the Yacht Club.
12:45 p.m.: Consecutive starts by Male Elite class, Female Elite class
and Sport class teams. Visitors will be able to watch the race from the
Clock Tower Quay, where there also be music, entertainment and a
heritage interpretation of the ice canoe by ethnologist Richard Lavoie.
3:30 pm.: Demonstration of rescue operation in the basin (rescue boat)
4 p.m.: Presentation of trophies at the Montréal Yacht Club
Photos and video available: http://www.vieuxportdemontreal.com/media/DefiCanotAGlace/
Circuit québécois de canots à glace (in French only): http://www.canotaglace.org
The Old Port thanks its principal partner, the Government of Canada and
acknowledges the support of its partners TELUS, Sleeman, Coca-Cola and
ESKA, as well as Van Houtte, official partner of the Skating Rink at
the Old Port.
SOURCE: Old Port of Montréal
For further information:
Felipe del Pozo