National Geographic : 1977 Apr
A worthy adversary, winter inspires rugged sports among French Canadians. Highlight of Quebec City's Winter Car nival, the ice-canoe race across the St. Lawrence (right) be gan with river-island farmers who relied on the sleek craft to obtain supplies. Youngsters in a farmyard rink aim at a makeshift hockey goal of scrap wood and grain sacks (below); the bilingual label has been required nationwide since March 1976. Quebec ice hockey teams have won 35 of the 84 Stanley Cup play-offs.