The exotic snow swept Georgian Bluffs along 1.6 kilometres of pristine coastline will be the backdrop for this first annual winter festival. Ontario’s best kept secret, Cobble Beach, a two-hour drive from Pearson airport, just minutes north of Owen Sound is expecting anywhere between 30 and 60 teams of dogs from across the province and North America for Family Day weekend February 18th and 19th.
Skijoring is a popular adventure sport originating in Europe where cross-country skiing meets dog sledding. A skier is attached to two dogs by a tug line and whipped across the race track. Racers (a.k.a. mushers) will leave the start at two-minute intervals and their finish times recorded. The event will also feature traditional dog sled races throughout the weekend.
Skijoring is growing in popularity in North America! With large skijoring and dog sledding communities in Ottawa, Michigan, and New York, Cobble Beach expects a large showing of international competitors.
For those not racing, there’s still plenty to enjoy at the festival. Spectators can warm up with some hot chocolate as they cheer for their favourite team, go for a skate on Cobble Beach’s ice rink and enjoy programming for kids of all ages. Whether they’re long-time enthusiasts or just looking for a fun and exciting way to spend Family Day, there’s something for everyone!
The First Annual Skijor and Dogsled Festival will bring crowds from across the province and North American to celebrate the season at Cobble Beach and embrace what is quickly becoming one of Canada’s favourite winter sports.
For a good cause
A portion of the money raised from registration and donations will be donated to GRACE (Georgian Riding Association for Challenged Equestrians), a local charitable organization that provides group riding lesson to physically, mentally, and developmentally challenged children and adults.
To take part in this exciting winter festival or for volunteer opportunities please phone 519.370.2173.
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