The river is cluttered with floating ice. Doesn't that look inviting for a canoe race?
Apparently so for 260 lunatics in 52 canoes (4 rowers in each boat plus a paddling coxswain in the rear) who are going to race across the St. Lawrence and back. There is a 'professional' category, regular category(many with mixed boats) and a women's category. The top group will do it twice - yes, you heard that right, they'll cross the river four times. What a way to spend an afternoon! As you can see, the river looks even less inviting up close.
Here's how it goes: you enter the river off to our left, paddle up to the marker buoy hanging off our ferry, continue upstream, then turn to cross the river. You have to paddle upstream because there's a hefty current moving from right to left in that picture.
Oops. Here's the lead canoe - and they're running into ice.
It was pretty cold just standing on the deck of the ferry. I felt as if I would lose some fingers to frostbite as I took these photos. I can't imagine being out on the river.
Here's a picture of some further pictures of the canoe race.
|A couple of boats on the ice|
|It gets pretty crowded|
|Sometimes even chaotic|
There were some great pictures in the Quebec daily Le Soleil: