Strong current, wind, big floes and snow? No problem for ice canoe paddlers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A member of the Le Concorde–Métalogique team gives a final coat of wax to the team’s canoe before the start of the Winter Carnival Ice Canoe Race.

On Feb. 4, at first glance, the weather felt just right: cloudy sky, snowing and warmer weather than the day before. Things were a tad rougher out on the St. Lawrence River. Nearly 50 teams of ice canoe paddlers were ready to face everything in the Winter Carnival Ice Canoe Race.