MONTREAL, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The first edition of the Ice
Canoe Challenge, presented by the Old Port of Montréal in co-operation
with Héritage Maritime Canada, was held on Saturday, February 23, at
the Clock Tower Quay. Ice canoe races on the St. Lawrence have returned
to Montréal in style, after a 20-year absence, offering a breathtaking
show for the 7,000 people who turned out to cheer the competitors on.
Thousands of spctators of all ages flocked to the Old Port to encourage
these exceptional athletes from all over Quebec. "The enthusiasm for
this event just goes to show how important it is to develop winter
tourism in Montréal," said David Jobin, Director of Programming for the
Old Port. "The Ice Canoe Challenge is truly a unique event, giving
Montrealers a chance to reconnect with their river, their Old Port and
the district around it."
All 37 participating teams paddled and pushed their hearts out, but in
the end it was the Château Frontenac-Le Soleil team that took first
place in the Men's Élite class, while Groupe Voyages Québec was the
Women's Élite winner; MVC Ocean Inc. grabbed top honours in the Sport
class. The three teams collected over $10,000 in prizes.
"The Montréal race is the most demanding on the whole circuit, as the
Sainte-Marie current is really strong between the Clock Tower Quay and
Jean Drapeau Park. It makes for a thrilling event, for canoeists and
spectators alike," explained Simon Lebrun, President of Héritage
Maritime Canada. "We are very proud that this first edition of the Ice
Canoe Challenge, held in close co-operation with the Old Port of
Montréal, was such a success. I can already tell you that the event
will be back next year, and might even be spread out over two days."
The Old Port wishes to thank its main partner, the Government of Canada,
and acknowledges the support of its partners TELUS, Sleeman, Coca-Cola,
ESKA, and Red Bull.
Héritage Maritime Canada thanks the Circuit Québécois de Canot à Glace,
the Montreal Port Authority and the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau.
Photos and video available: http://www.oldportofmontreal.com/media/DefiCanotAGlace/
The Circuit québécois de canots à glace website: http://www.canotaglace.com
SOURCE: Old Port of Montréal
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