Target Dates for 2016: Jan 23rd & 24th, 2016

Skate The Lake on Rick Mercer Report

Skate the Lake #11. A complete success!
The 11th international Big Rideau Lake Speed Skating Marathon in Portland Ontario thrived this time around with warm temperatures and near perfect ice conditions making for an exciting and hotly contested race day!
President John Bongers said that “after the thaw last week leveled the ice, our prep crew had an easy job preparing the 1 km oval on the bay in Portland”. “By the time the race got underway on Saturday morning the surface on the oval shone like a mirror”, though as the day progressed, the field of competitors in the 5, 10, 25 and 50 kilometer races definitely had cracks to contend with that had opened up due to the extremely cold temperatures earlier in the week.

Additional race day info check out Skate the Lake 2015 under the Archives section



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Meet new friends and connect with old ones, chat with neighbours and skaters from around the world and network with Portland business owners... everyone will be here!


The Oval is now closed for the season. We hope you enjoyed the oval.


The Skate the Lake Team

Skate the Lake Activities

Activities this year include:

  • Meet RBC Olympians Derek O'Farrell & Rachel Homan
  • Kids Curling
  • Beaver tails, Snert, Chilli and much more
  • Sleigh Rides
  • Terrific Fireworks display
  • Public skate to music after final race

Race Day Agenda

  • Registration trailer opens at 7:30am
  • Opening ceremonies: 8:30am
  • National Anthem -Michelle Chant
  • "Cutting of the Ice" - President John Bongers
  • Start of 5K - official starter MPP Steve Clark
  • See Registration details for other start times

Please Note: Online Registrations are no longer being accepted.