We're blogging about what we know best. What to do, where to do it and where to stay 'north' of Toronto. It's a well and little known fact that within an hour of the big city of Toronto, Ontario offers the most amazing and special places to find culture, history, entertainment, nature and recreation.
Follow our blog for information and news about events, attractions and activities for the perfect day trip or getaway 'north' of Toronto.
A native of Nova Scotia, Miss Nickerson is currently touring across Canada.A strong supporter of giving back to her community, she is the Canadian Ambassador to the Teddy Bears of Hope Campaign, an initiative that began with Miss Teen Canada International. The Teddy Bears of Hope bring smiles and hope to children in unfortunate circumstances all over the globe.
Miss Canada International will attend the Haliburton Highlands Dog Sled Derby at the Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre on Sunday, February 14 where she will be available for media interviews and photos between 10 am and noon.
She will also attend the Blue Line Charity Auction at McKeck's on Sunday from 4 to 6pm.
On Monday, she will enjoy some of the great winter activities the Haliburton Highlands has to offer before continuing her journey across Canada.
About the Haliburton Highlands Dosgsled Derby
The Haliburton Highlands Dogsled Derby is an annual event hosted by Winterdance Dogsled Tours.If you have never watched a dogsled race it is definitely a sight to behold and hear!! With the dogs lunging, howling and barking to get the races started, flying out of the start gate at speeds reaching up to 30km/hr and racing for the richest purse in Ontario, there is lots of action going on.
The races are held at the Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre, located 5 minutes south of the village of Haliburton on County Road #21 (formerly #121). Races will be going on all day Saturday and Sunday with teams going out at 2 minute intervals.We anticipate hosting over 70 teams from across Ontario, Quebec and the Northern United States. The most popular race every year is the Kid & Mutt race, and also unique to watch is the Skijoring class, with mushers on cross country skis, being pulled by 1 or 2 dogs. The large 8 dog race class also offers lots of excitement.
The races are free for spectators to attend, and there are several vantage points for watching the action, both at the start/finish and out on the trail. Programs will be available at the races.
NOTE: PLEASE LEAVE PET DOGS AT HOME AS THEY CAN DISTRACT THE RACING TEAMS!!!!
Meet the Iditarod Team
A select group of the more than 140 purebred Siberian huskies are in training for the Iditarod, also called "the Last Great Race" an 1150 mile race across Alaska. The raceteam will be at the trail this Sunday so come by for a chance to meet them as they prepare for their Alaskan adventure! See www.winterdance.com/raceteam to virtually meet the team and follow the journey through their blog.
About WinterdanceWinterdance is an Ontario dogsledding tours company that operates out of the Haliburton Highlands, alongside Algonquin park, and is owned and operated by husband and wife team Hank DeBruin and Tanya McCready-DeBruin, with "help" from their 4 young dogsledding children, Logan 9, Dustyn 7, Michaela 2 and baby Jessica. "By sharing our passion for sled dogs & the sport, we aim to give people a true feel & love for the sport of dogsledding and the amazing wilderness around us"!