Another event traditional to Northern Canada and Alaska is dog mushing which has its origins both as a winter necessity for trapping and travel as well as a recreational pursuit. Both the dogs and mushers are athletes as they work together to travel their given distance in the least amount of time. This combined athleticism is built upon a strong connection between man and animal where both depend on each other to travel the race well. The companionship and skill involved in Dog Mushing makes this sport a highlight for audiences! Dog Mushing competition during the 2018 Arctic Winter Games includes two age classes: Junior Co-ed (born 2000 and later) and Juvenile Co-ed (born 2002 or later). A team consists of up to eight athletes and two coaches from each participating contingent.
In 2018 the Dog Mushing races will be held on the Hay River in K’atl’odeeche First Nation beside the Town of Hay River.
Note: Sports venues and location are subject to change.