January 2010 SaskSecrets

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Saskatchewan Home to Major Dog Sled Races

Dog sledding has a long and rich history in Saskatchewan. One of the earliest forms of winter transportation, dog sledding is now more commonly done for enjoyment, excitement and in competition. Saskatchewan hosts two major dog sledding races each year that attract participants from all over the world. 

Canadian Challenge Dog Sled Race 2010, Prince Albert
February 10 – 14, 2010
Dog Sled RaceThe Canadian Challenge sled dog race for the Cameco Cup is a 12-dog continuous mid-distance race held in northern Saskatchewan.

Now in its 13th year, the Canadian Challenge is Canada's premiere mushing race from Prince Albert to La Ronge, Stanley Mission, Grandmother's Bay on the Churchill River, then back to La Ronge. At approximately 600 kilometres or 375 miles in length, this 12-dog race is a qualifier for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and the Yukon Quest.

The race follows a route similar to that of the old sled dog trail used for years by trappers, the North West Mounted Police and the First Nations community to travel between Prince Albert and La Ronge.

Dog Sled Races

Mushers' Rendezvous 2010, Preeceville
February 5 - 7, 2010
Help celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Mushers' Rendezvous. This world-class event attracts teams from all over North America and features six-dog races (16km or 10 miles) and 10-dog races (35km or 22 miles).

The race begins in the town of Preeceville, follows the highway to the community of Ketchen then returns to Preeceville. The Mushers' Rendezvous also features horse-drawn sleigh rides, fireworks, dances and much more. The Route, the trail grooming, and great volunteers help make this a truly fun event.