Skate the Lake, January 28th & 29th, 2017

Skate The Lake on Rick Mercer Report

Skate the Lake 2016 is now over. Check out our facebook page for photos & information. Stay tuned below for ice conditions.

Guylaine Larouche of Orford, Quebec made history at Skate the Lake 12 in Portland on Sunday by becoming the first women to win one of the marathons distances (25km or 50km) overall. Larouche clocked a time of 1 hour, 58 minutes and 26 seconds, ahead of Greg Dabrowski of Milton, Ontario and Todd Schonewille of Athens, Ontario.

Top 10 results from all competitive races on Saturday and Sunday are available here:

Skaters from all across Ontario, Quebec and New York State attended.

Portland Outdoors is the not for profit group that puts on the annual event which was previously known as the International Big Rideau Lake Speed Skating Marathon and was first held in 2004.




Skate the Lake is hosting a "Taste of Italy" Pasta Dinner, Fri Nov 18th, 2016. Portland Hall 5-7pm.  Tickets $15.   Call 613-207-1950 for tickets.      Your Support is Appreciated

Pictures Wanted

There is so much activity at Skate the Lake. If you should capture a good picture, please forward it to registration@portlandoutdoors and we may use it on our website.




Ice Conditions

Ice Update - Waiting for cold weather


The oval is currently closed, will reopen in Jan 2017

Skate the Lake Activities

Activities this year include:

  • Ice Stock Demo Saturday at 10 am
  • Kids Curling
  • Skate tails, Snert, Chili and much more
  • Sleigh Rides all day Saturday
  • Public skating to music after final race on Sat. 
  • Fireworks Saturday evening starting at Dusk.

Race Agenda Day 1, Sat. Jan 23rd, 2016

  • Registration trailer opens at 7:30am
  • Opening ceremonies: 8:30am
  • National Anthem - Rasa Krokys
  • "Cutting of the Ice" - President John Bongers
  • Ist Race the 10K starts at 9:00 am
  • See Registration details for other start times