Ice Canoe Racing - A Quebec Tradition

Now for something that  has some history to in and is truly Canadian.  The first is a shot courtesy of celebrate canada website, showing ice canoe racing in Quebec City.,,and we thought racing amonst ice encrusted shoreline at the pumphouse was cold!  Apparently the big ships just cruise on by and the canoeists just have to manoevre around them.

Apparently this concept began as a real competition between families in small wooden postal boats in the early 1900's.  (Before a bridge was constructed to join Quebec City and Levis)  The fastest teams would win the right to deliver the mail.  Approximately 40 teams struggle to win during the Quebec Carnival in February each year.

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