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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 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.

Skate the Lake

speed skatingJanuary 25-26 2014 the annual Skate the Lake speed skating contest will take place in Portland, Ontario. Join in the fun by coming and cheering for the skaters or participate and skate to win! Brought to you by the North American Marathon Speed Skating Championship in Portland there are a  number of races to participate in from 5km to 50km. Skate around the giant oval track and compete to win.

You can register to compete now, click here for all the registration information. The event starts at 9am, be sure to dress warmly if you are going to cheer, and good luck to all competitors!

For more information about Skate the Lake, visit their website at

Skate the Lake at Portland

Skate The Lake, Portland’s Ninth Annual International Speed Skating Event, will be held this January 26, 2013, Saturday.  The popular race will take place on a 1k oval at the Big Rideau Lake and is open to all skaters in every skill level using every kind of skates.

The Registration for the event will start 2:00 to 6:00 PM on Jan. 25th and must be completed at the day of the event.   Below is the opening schedule for the race this weekend.  Please check regularly for updates:


Jan. 25, 2013 (Friday)

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM          Ice Prep

2:00 PM – 6:00 PM           Registration Open

Race Kits Pick-Up

Jan. 26, 2013 (Saturday)

7:30 AM                               Registration Trailer open for Registration

8:40 AM                               National Anthem


End of Registration          Pre-Registration       Race                          Start of Race

8:30 AM                               $ 15.00       5K                                 9:00 AM

9:15 AM                               $ 20.00       10K                               9:45 AM

10:30 AM                             $ 45.00         25 & 50K                     11:00 AM

1:00 PM                                $ 35.00/team    5 x 1k Relay               1:30 PM

2:00 PM                                Free            Special Olympics     2:30 PM

3:00 PM                                Free            Kids 5K                       3:30 PM


For skaters not belonging to a registered skating club, an amount of $ 5.00 will be charged to cover insurance.  To complete the registration, participants should check Hanna Park, the registration trailer, to pick up the race package.


Presentation of Awards

11:00 AM                             5k & 10k Winners

2:00 PM                                25k & 50K Winners

4:30 PM                                Relay Race, Special Olympics & Kids Race Winners


If you want to see great fireworks, a firework display is scheduled at dusk.

2012 Christmas Carnival and Family Skate! December 8th

December 8, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Smiths Falls Memorial, Community Centre

This is an annual production in which the skaters present pre-rehearsed group routines (and
some individual features/solos) in order to display the skating skills they have learned.

Saturday, December 8th, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m. Tickets only $5.00! (children aged 2 and under – FREE)

Come watch the Rideau Lakes Figure Skating Club!

“A Skating Tribute to the Holiday Season”


Skate the Lake Big Rideau Lake

The eighth annual International Speed Skating event will take place in Portland on the Big Rideau Lake and race on a natural 1k oval. Numerous volunteers help with the event and the successful day attracts skaters from around the world. Enjoy traditional canteen fare of chilli and more. Try your luck on natural ice with homemade curling stones. Races are open to all skaters of all skill levels using all kinds of skates.

To help out or for more info you can call John Bongers at 613-928-2869. For more information visit

Event is scheduled to take place January 28, 2012.

Skate the Lake is back in 2011!

Skate the Lake Portland

The seventh International Big Rideau Lake Speed Skating Marathon will be held on Jan. 29, 2011 in Portland, Ontario, Canada. After taking one year off they are super excited to once again organize one of North America’s premier natural ice speed skating events.

There will be two 5K races (one for kids only and one competitive), a 10K race, a 5X1K team relay (and YES, prizes will be awarded for best dressed team) and a 25K race.

For more information visit: