This Ontario town is hosting the World Dogsledding Championships this month

Jan 18 2017, 4:15 pm

The World’s Dogsledding Championships represents 11 countries, with 261 teams involved. And the big winter celebration, which has taken place all over the world, is landing in Canada this month.

The 2017 Winter Sleddog World Championships will be hosted in Ontario, just three hours away, at the Haliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve from January 24 to February 1.

For nine days, the international event will see teams competing in events that include skijoring, pulka, relays, dogsled sprints, mid-distance events, and even a sprint known as “unlimited” where anywhere from 18 to 22 dogs will pull one sled with one musher.

This global attraction is a collaborative effort between Haliburton Forest, the Canadian Association of Harness Dog Sports (CAHDS) and the International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS).

Fans of the sport can view all the events from a number of locations, whether it’s the start/finish line or along the route on picturesque MacDonald Lake, and admission is free.

While in Haliburton, spectators can enjoy some snowshoeing, sliding down the toboggan hill and visiting the Wolf Centre while on site. It really doesn’t get any more Canadian than this.

The Winter Sleddog World Championships was held in Germany in 2015, and in Alaska in 2013. The number of teams have dramatically increased from last year, when 170 teams competed in 2015.

The Winter Sleddog World Championships

Where: Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
When: January 24 to February 1

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