By Simon Lebrun

The fourth annual Montreal Ice Canoe Challenge (or as it’s locally known, Défi canot à glace Montréal) will take place on February 20, 2016, with racers competing in an extreme winter competition on the shores of the Old Port of Montreal. As in years past, the icy waters of the Saint Lawrence River will host sixty ice canoeing teams racing over several kilometers of snow and partly-frozen river.

Ice canoeing is an extreme sport unique to this part of the Canada and draws many spectators to the action. The race course is extremely exciting since it consists of a loop between the historic Clock Tower, the Alexandra Basin, the Cité-du-Havre Park and Saint Helen Island, requiring competitors to push their boats across the ice for portions of the race. An interesting particularity about the Montreal track is the proximity between racers and spectators all along the way, with the mythical passage towards Saint Helen Island through the fierce Saint Mary making for one of the most popular vantage points.

If you’re near Montreal this February, come check out the action!

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