Congratulations to Kenora Organizers, good luck today!

Mushin’ for Mutts exceeding registration expectations

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Rugger will be one of the dogs competing in this weekend Mushin’ for Mutts. (Courtesy It’s a Dog’s Life)

There are plenty of events taking place this weekend for the Kenora Winter Carnival. One of the events happening Saturday is Mushin’ for Mutts, a skijoring race through the Nordic trails at Mount Evergreen.

Organizer Laura Loohuizen says she’s been overwhelmed by the interest.

“So far registration has exceeded expectations. I’m happy to say I have 22 teams with six local teams and the rest making their way from Winnipeg to enjoy our local trails,” she said.

Mushin’ for Mutts is a skijoring race being held this year at Mount Evergreen on the Nordic ski trails. Anyone can enter their own dog or borrow a pooch from It’s a Dog’s Life. There will even be a special cup for dogs from the fostering organization. Even if you don’t want to enter, Loohuizen encourages everyone to come out. – See more at:

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Explore Northwest Ontario on Snowshoes

Explore Northwest Ontario on Snowshoes

Looking for a new area of Northwest Ontario to explore this winter? Try Ignace!

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Related: Embrace Snowshoeing and Celebrate Winter with a Visit to Thunder Bay

Sandbar Provincial Park is about 11 kilometres north of Ignace on Hwy 599. Not staffed during the winter, it’s nevertheless a great spot for some accessible adventure.

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Just northeast of the campground is the site of Ontario Rangers camp and a number of trails. There isn’t a chalet or a trail fee, but a handful of volunteers groom a 4.5-km loop for classic cross-country skiing. Grooming isn’t guaranteed, however, which is why snowshoes are an even better option for a tramp through the park. The site is blessed with towering red pines that remind me of a cathedral every time I visit.

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You can ski or snowshoe around Savitsky Lake, up and down some moderate hills or through a grassy open marsh (frozen, of course). Wildlife sightings are not hard to come by—once, I came across one big oval and one medium oval in a clearing, where a cow moose and her calf had bedded down in the snow for the night. Another time I was trekking along a silent, sunny trail when a ruffed grouse that had burrowed into the snow for insulation suddenly erupted into the air about a foot ahead of me. I shrieked and I’m pretty sure the grouse did too. I’ve also seen snowy pathways where otters had slid down to the river on their bellies, and any number of boreal birds, like chickadees and black-backed woodpeckers. Clearly, they know a great spot when they see it.