In the mood for some outdoor fun with man's best friend? Try dog sledding, a fast-paced pursuit that combines sport and Inuit tradition.
Feel the wind in your hair as you fly across the tundra, powered along by your own canine crew of huskies. In Churchill, dog sledding is ingrained in the culture. The town is home to a coterie of kennels and tour providers. It's also the finish line for the Hudson Bay Quest Sled Dog Race, in which mushers race their sled teams over 330 kilometres of winter terrain, following an old trapping route that hugs the edge of Wapusk National Park from Gillam to Churchill.
Sledding is just one of the big draws at the Northern Manitoba Trappers' Festival in The Pas, where the signature event is the three-day World Championship Dog Race, a northern tradition dating all the way back to 1916.
Don't have enough doggies for a proper sled team? No problem - you can still harness some canine power while being pulled on a pair of skis or a kick sled. Skijoring and kicksledding is a fun way to keep fit while enjoying quality time with your pets. In Manitoba, the Snow Motion Winter Dog Club organizes weekly winter runs through Birds Hill and La Barriere parks or along the banks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers in Winnipeg.
The club also hosts its annual Snow Motion Classic Race every February.
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