3rd edition of the Montréal Ice Canoe Challenge

February 21st, 2015

History

Ice canoeing has been practised since the beginnings of New France in the 1600s, as the only way to cross the Saint Lawrence River when there is too much ice for ferries, but not enough to form an ice bridge. In the 1860s more than 200 canoers, mostly at Lévis provided transportation for passengers and goods. Ice canoeing was practised in Montreal from the early 1800s. The advent of steamboats capable of breaking through the ice put an end to ice canoeing as a means of transportation in the late 1800s. (Ice canoeing) (Défi canot à glace Montréal)

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