Dog sled races at the Trappers' festival in The Pas.
Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding

Harness canine power on a dog sledding adventure.

Experience this fast-paced pursuit that combines sport and Inuit tradition and get to know the dogs behind the races.

While you might be drawn to Churchill for its polar bears and beluga whales, a trip north isn’t complete without dog sledding or dog carting. Learn how the kennels operate and then dash through the boreal forest with an enthusiastic (and many-legged) team. In southern Manitoba, visit a dog sledding team near the town of Richer and stay overnight at a cozy winter tent in the woods.

Other opportunities to see professional dog sledders in action include 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. Or at the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival, where the signature event is the three-day World Championship Dog Race, a northern tradition dating all the way back to 1916.

Churchill is located on Treaty 5 territory.

Explore Churchill

One thousand kilometres north of Winnipeg is a place that feels like another world. At first glance, Churchill is a northern town like any other. But take another look and you’ll see that Churchill is a one-of-a-kind destination.

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Lying along the migration path of polar bears and beluga whales, Churchill draws wildlife enthusiasts from all over the globe.

While polar bears, beluga whales and northern lights have their prime seasons: dog sledding or dog carting can be done nearly any time of the year in Churchill.

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