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Lac Mégantic

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Rhys Mainstone on the shores of Lac Mégantic in Quebec, Canada before winning the Traversée internationale du Lac Mégantic as part of the FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit

Lac-Mégantic is a town and name of a freshwater lake in Estrie, Quebec, Canada.

Formerly called Megantic, the town of nearly 6,000 people was founded in 1884 after the Canadian Pacific Railway began construction of the final segment in its transcontinental railway linking Montreal with the Atlantic Ocean port of Saint John, New Brunswick. The town derives its name from the adjacent Lac Mégantic, located on the municipality's southern boundary. Although the railway has declined in recent decades, Lac-Mégantic remains an important lumbering and farming centre. Other industries have included a paper-printing plant, a sash-and-door factory, saw mills, and a butter, cheese, and cheese box factory.

Open Water Swimming[edit]

The town and lake hosts the annual Traversée internationale du lac Mégantic, a professional marathon swimming competition in August.

2018 FINA Marathon Swim World Series[edit]

It is site of the sixth leg of the 2018 FINA Marathon Swim World Series, professional 10 km marathon swims:


2015 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Series[edit]

1st race - 7 February - La Patagones Viedma (Argentina), part of Maraton Patagones-Viedma International Open Water Swim
2nd race - 13 March - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
3rd race - 18 April - New Caledonia, France
4th race - 2 May - Cancún (Mexico)
5th race - 20 June - Balatonfured, Hungary
6th race - 27 June - Setúbal Bay (Portugal)
7th race - 23 July - Lac St-Jean (Canada), part of the Traversée internationale du Lac St-Jean
8th race - 31 July - Lac Magog (Canada), part of the Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog
9th race - 8 August - Lac Mégantic (Canada), part of the Traversée internationale du Lac Mégantic
10th race - 12 October - Chun'an (China)
11th race - 17 October - Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

FINA Open Water Swim World Events[edit]

The lake is also site of the FINA Open Water Swim World Events, a one-loop race series held before the FINA World Cup races for amateur and masters swimmers.

1st race - 6 February - La Patagones Viedma (Argentina), part of Maraton Patagones-Viedma International Open Water Swim
2nd race - 18 June - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
3rd race - 23 July - Lac St-Jean (Canada), part of the Traversee international du Lac St-Jean
4th race - 12 August - Lac Mégantic (Canada), part of the Traversee international du Lac Mégantic
5th race - 9 October - Chun'an (China)
6th race - 16 October - Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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