Skate the Lake 2017 is finished and it was a big success!

Skate the Lake 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skate the Lake 2017

Portland, Ontario – The 13th annual speed skating event was held on the Big Rideau Lake January 28th & 29th and it was a weekend filled with fun! Waking up early was well worth it for the ice conditions on the lake were amazing on both days. Participants could take part in the 5K & 10K races on Saturday and 25K & 50K regular marathon skating events on Sunday. Kids had the chance to try out their skating skills in a Kids 5K event on Saturday.

There were plenty activities to keep visitors of all ages active and warm on both days.

After the speed skating races, the viewers could enjoy a warm meal, served in the Portland Community Hall. The Portland Hall Board took care of that by organizing a Ham & Bean Brunch.

For the first time since the race started in 2004, people were able to watch the race from above, as helicopter rides were available on Saturday. There were curling and sleigh rides organized for kids and everyone could take a spin on the ice to music after the final race was finished on Saturday. At dusk, there were even fireworks with an after fireworks sit down dinner at the Portland Hall.

If you were part of the event and captured any amazing photos, send them to registration@portlandoutdoors.com and your photo just might get featured on the Portland Outdoors website.

For anyone interested in next year’s event, it will be held January 27th & 28th 2018 and you can already let the organizers know if you have any great ideas or would like to volunteer.

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FOTA Skate-A-Thon

  Friends of the Arena (FOTA), an Advisory Committee of Westport, Ontario Municipal Council, was recently created to assist the Village in upgrading the aging infrastructure of the arena.  The Committee has compiled a “Wish List” which totals approximately $320,500. To date, we have raised over $94,000 in donations, including
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Explore Westport Ontario

Westport Ontario is one of the most beautiful towns in Ontario. This heart warming village has kept its charm and quaint feel for the past 50 years! There is so much to do as well as natural beauty. The fishing is great. Westport is surrounded by lakes and is linked to the Rideau Canal so your options for fishing, boating and water sports are limitless.

If you enjoy shopping, Westport has always been known as a shopping destination. The downtown area of Westport is filled with unique shops and fun boutiques. There are several great restaurants in Westport that have delicious menus. Westport constantly has festivals and events taking place so any time you visit you are sure to be entertained.

Westport is a landmark between Kingston and Ottawa, so it's the perfect escape. With several accommodations and bed and breakfasts, you can make Westport a weekend vacation or enjoy an expended stay. There are several Cottage rentals as well.

Of course while you are in Westport you must go up to Foley Mountain and catch the famous view from Spy Rock. There are also several trails and sights to see at the Foley Mountain Conservation Area.

Some common attractions are the Rideau Valley Art Festival, Westport Music Festival, Antique Show, Fall Studio Tours, Blues on the Rideau, July 1st Celebration and the Westport Heritage Festival.

There are so many local artisans and you can view a lot of their work at the local Art Gallery - Artemisia. We could go on and on about how wonderful Westport Ontario is, but you will have to come visit it yourself!

If you have never been to Westport or you are a returning visitor and would like to find out about places to stay, stores to shop at and things to do, visit our Business Directory.

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