McGill swings into 50th Woodsman Competition
The wood will be flying this weekend during the 50th Annual IntercollegiateWoodsmen Competition, taking place Saturday January 30 at McGill’s Macdonald Campus.
The event will mark 50 years that axewielding student lumberjacks (and lumberjills) from eastern Canada and the U.S. will converge on the Ste. Anne de Bellevue campus for the Annual IntercollegiateWoodsmen Competition that is part of the Canadian Lumberjack Championships.
This Saturday’s event will see 175 competitors from 26 teams battle for top honours in 14 singles, doubles and team events, including an axe throw, swede saw, chain saw, pole climb, water boil, snowshoe race, andmore.
The first woodsmen competition at McGill took place in 1961, and though it was originally scheduled to be held at the Morgan Arboretum as part of the MacdonaldWinter Carnival, it was instead rerouted to Lower Campus due to a snowstorm. It returned to the Macdonald Campus permanently the following year.
The McGill Intercollegiate Woodsmen Competition will take place at Watson Field at McGill’s Macdonald Campus, located at 21111, chemin Lakeshore, in Ste. Anne de Bellevue.
Events will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 30. Admission and parking are free.
The dust really flew during last year’s Woodsman Competition and organizers say this weekend’s event will be just as exciting.