It was Dec. 29 and Calumet Island resident Mike Lamothe was in a festive spirit. The holidays were winding to a close but he was still ready to spread Christmas cheer. So when he spotted a large circular ice floe spinning lazily in the Ottawa River just below the Calumet bridge, he knew he had to do something.
Donning cold-weather clothes and a flotation device, he grabbed his canoe, a tree and some decorations and took to the water. His brother Walter and sister-in-law Gaetane Vermette supervised from the shore with a video camera.
Paddling out to the disk, he cautiously tested the ice thickness with a pole before venturing out onto the floe.
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