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Canadian Challenge

It’s no secret, dog sledding is a passion sport for those that train and compete in races. Both humans and dogs work year round to build trust and endurance in the hopes of having a winning team.

The Canadian Challenge is a world class sled dog event held every year in Saskatchewan that consists of four different races. The 12-dog, continuous, mid-distance race for the Cameco Cup travels 517km between Prince Albert and La Ronge and is a qualifying race for the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. The eight-dog race runs from Prince Albert to La Ronge and is 322km. There are also junior and open races that travel 117km from Prince Albert to Elk Ridge.

To see the dogs and their handlers in action, the public is welcome to attend the Opening Ceremonies at 11:30am on Tuesday, February 19 at the starting line – Central Avenue and 11th Street in Prince Albert. Following the ceremony, the teams hit the trail.  

Photo Credit: Kendall Kerr