Encouraged by a strong Norwegian presence, the Ottawa Ski Club was formed in 1910 for the purposes of ski jumping and cross country skiing. The first jumping tower was built in Rockcliffe Park, close to the heart of the city and Parliament buildings. Disbanded in the early years of World War I when many of its members enlisted, the club was re-organized and incorporated in 1919 with 19 members and $19 from membership fees. C.E. Mortureux was the first president, and remained so for 27 years. The initial aim was to foster all disciplines skiing with cross-country skiing as the main focus. There were fewer ski jumpers but the sport was very popular with the public at large with crowds of up to 5,000 gathering on the outrun on the frozen Ottawa River. To continue reading, "click" here
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