Wandering Around Out There With A Canoe On My Head

Ice Canoe Racing

by Preston
February 8, 2010

In my “weekly” column dedicated to sharing what I found out there on the interwebs, a previous post came to mind. In Consider The Time Of Year, trying to be funny, I suggested that the canoe’s forward movement was a little slow in the winter – with all the ice and such. Well, the other day I found this site about Ice Canoe Racing. The post is a little old (2007), so a lot of the links don’t work, but the picture is priceless. That got me very curious as to how popular this was – not to mention a little un-Canadian for never knowing about this behaviour – so I went looking around for more on the subject. Google suggests that there are 201,000 results for “Ice Canoe Racing”, and as luck would have it, just a few days ago the Toronto Sun posted an article on Ice Canoe Racing.  Crazy coincidence on a crazy activity. There are several annual events, the most famous being at the Canaval de Quebec, but it’s mainly practiced on the St. Lawerence.

I can’t imagine I’d ever actually try it, but my daring side – the one that comes out sitting on a warm couch watching adventurer shows on TV – can certainly see the appeal of a great canoeing activity for the winter. Maybe after I invest in some warmer underwear.

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