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Frozen Trails and Wagging Tails: Dog Sledding Delight at Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Hosted by Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas, Eagle Ridge and Battle River Kennels
Unleash the magic of winter and embark on a journey into the heart of Saskatoon’s hidden gem—Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area. Join us on January 13, 2024, for an afternoon that promises to reveal the best-kept secret in the city’s winter wonderland.
Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and exhilarating world of dog sledding. The adventure kicks off at 1:30 PM with an introduction to the afforestation area, delving into its history and the deep roots of dog sledding in First Nation and Metis heritage.
What to Expect:
Introduction to Dog Sledding: Dive into the art and history of dog sledding, woven into the fabric of First Nation communities.
Meet the Teams: Encounter the incredible dogs of Battle River Kennel and Eagle Ridge Sled Dog Kennel. Hear their captivating stories and witness the passion they bring to this great sport.
Sled Dog Rides: Experience the thrill of a Winter Wonderland dog sled-drawn ride. Our experienced drivers will guide you through the enchanting landscape of Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, providing a unique and memorable adventure. Each ride lasts approximately 10 minutes.
Family-Friendly Dog Sled Rides: For a cozy family experience, hop on a dog-drawn sled and enjoy a leisurely 10-minute journey through the winter wonderland. Bundle up and relish the picturesque surroundings.
Learn the Secret: Discover why Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is Saskatchewan’s best-kept secret. Delve into its rich history and significance.
First Nation Connection: Gain insights into the vital role of dog sledding in the First Nation community, and hear the stories that make this tradition so important and meaningful.
Date and Time: January 13, 2024, Afternoon 1:30 – ending about 4:00 to 4:30 pm
Meetup Location: Park in the SW OLRA parking lot P2. Directions provided, along with a map. Parking P2 located west of the Civic operations centre (bus barns) and Saskatoon Regional Waste Management Centre (landfill) Travel on Circle Drive towards land fill, and turn right at Township Road 362A (Cedar Villa Road) by the bus barns. http://www.friendsareas.ca/friends/RSBBAAmap.html GPS 52.1006373,-106.755882
Registration: Pre-register on Eventbrite to secure your spot for this enchanting experience. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/frozen-trails-and-frozen-trails-and-wagging-tailtails-dog-sledding-delight-tickets-778750091487?aff=oddtdtcreator
At the event, there will be a first come, first served sign up sheet. Depending on event visitor turn out, there may be capacity to sign in for further rides! You can wait by the staging area, or in your vehicle till your opportunity arises!
Attire: Bundle up in warm clothes, hats, and mittens to fully embrace the winter magic.
Quick Tips: Dress for the weather. Wear warm winter clothing, gloves, insulated boots, toques. Goggles and sunglasses are optional. Helmets are also optional; bring your own if desired.
Helpful Information: No food or drink allowed in the kennel area. The trail is 2 km long (approx. 10 minutes).
Note: There are no washroom facilities at the afforestation area.
NOTE: Sled-drawn rides require three to five inches of snow. In case of insufficient snow, a notice will be placed on Eventbrite, social media, and on-site in regards to suitability for dog-sledding that day. Eventbrite will also send out an email in case of the event changing to a heritage forest walking tour if there is not enough snow for the sleds to ride on. So, there will be something happening: with snow dog-sledding and without snow a walking tour.
Children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult.
No more than 250 lbs in the sled at once.
Don’t miss this golden opportunity to be part of Saskatchewan’s winter magic—where adventure, history, and the charm of dog sledding come together in a spectacular event! Secure your spot now for a day of unforgettable memories. ❄️
Join Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas today!
Email friendsafforestation at gmail.com