To put it lightly, the sport of ice canoeing is not for the faint of heart.
In this week’s ‘World of Adventure’, we take a look at the ice canoe racers that take part in the Quebec City Ice Cup.
If you’re unfamiliar with this concept, the idea is relatively simple: teams race canoes across treacherous, icy rivers on a predetermined course, dodging huge chunks of ice and braving frigid waters.
The sport of ice canoe racing has roots that stem from the necessity of crossing the Saint Lawrence River in the winter months, and held its first recreational race in 1894.
Every February, the Quebec Winter Carnival hosts the biggest competition of the year, le Grand Defi Des Glaces. Over 40 teams show up to make up three competitive classes, elite men, elite women, and sport.
As one of the racers puts it, “You really gotta like it, because it’s really cold out there some days, -30 degrees plus the wind.”
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