Canadian Challenge

Welcome To The 2014 Canadian Challenge International Sled Dog Race

2014 Race Dates are Feb. 17-22 2014 - Monday to Saturday.
Official race start Prince Albert central Ave noon 18 February 2014!

Website updates and news:

04 February

Mushers, you can find our adjusted official 2014 rules and regulations under our rules page.

  • 2014 Canadian Challenge Rules & Regulations
  • You can also download our event calendar for 2014 right here:

    02 February

    Mushers, you can find our official 2014 purse breakdown under our rules page.

  • Purse Breakdown 2014
  • 02 February

    Weather and ice conditions are causing changes to this year`s Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race.

    This year, good ice on the Saskatchewan River means we are again able to start the race on Central Avenue in downtown Prince Albert. The race will start at noon on Tuesday Feb. 18, after vet checks of the dogs are completed the previous day. This is good news. Spectators can stop into our office at 1105 Central Ave., right by the start line, for hot chocolate as they wait for the start.
    However, on the other end of the trail, poor ice conditions have meant that our trail team has not been able to put in a trail north of La Ronge. This affects the 12-dog race, which needs 300 miles (480 km) of trail in order to accommodate mushers who wish to qualify for the Yukon Quest and Iditarod races.

    This means that, for this year, the 12-dog teams will turn around in La Ronge and race back south, finishing at Elk Ridge Resort sometime late Friday or early Saturday. They have until 6 am Saturday Feb 22 to finish.
    The 200-mile (320 km) 8-dog race will finish in La Ronge as normal; the first teams are expected to arrive at Patterson Park sometime late Wednesday Feb. 19 or on Thursday Feb. 20. All 8-dog teams must finish before 6am Friday Feb 21.
    This means the La Ronge checkpoint (the famous blue bus) will be open for a shorter time than normal, but the checkpoints at Fafard`s cabin, Johnson`s cabin and McLennan River will have to stay active for extended hours.

    The annual Awards Breakfast, usually held at the La Ronge Hotel and Suites, will now be held at the Prince Albert Inn for this year. Tickets are available for $15 from the race office at 1105 Central Ave in Prince Albert, or from Gill in La Ronge at 425-3826/7280. Same goes for tickets to the Musher`s Banquet, held at the Prince Albert Inn on Monday Feb. 17 at a cost of $25.

    Trail crews have been out for the past several weekends, donating their time to make sure we have a continuous and passable trail. Severe tree blowdown resulting from strong winds over the winter has meant a lot of chainsaw work; deep slush is a challenge on the lake portions of the race. The Challenge is extremely grateful to our dedicated crews, and also to the La Ronge-based Canadian Rangers for helping out with trail building.

    We have a good field, with seven teams confirmed for the 12-dog race, six for the 8-dog race, and two brand new racers for the open race. We are sad to say there are no junior entrants this year; we hope that changes for the 2015 race. Three of the 12-dog mushers are from Saskatchewan, three from Alberta and one from B.C. Of the 8-doggers, four are from Saskatchewan, and two from Alberta. One of the open racers is an Albertan, the other is from Vilvoorde, Belgium.

    Maps of the route will be posted on our website shortly. The public an refer to that for good places to watch the dogs. The start line in Prince Albert is the most spectacular sight, as all 15 teams start at two-minute intervals. This is about the only time the teams can be seen close together; they spread out as the dogs find their pace. Each sled will again carry a SPOT GPS so spectators can follow them along the route.

    We thank our sponsors large and small, cash or in-kind. Specifically, Cameco and SaskEnergy are our lead dog sponsors, with many others contributing as they are able. Carlton Honda is again sponsoring the SPOT GPS tracking system. A list of sponsors may be found under the sponsors tab on our website, www.canadianchallenge.com. Good videos and other stuff on there as well!

    04 January

    The Gateway North Sled Dog Race Association released the 2014 Quest Rules and regulations.

    Also we have updated our registered mushers list. and added our current proud sponsors list.

    31 October

    The Gateway North Sled Dog Race Association released the 2014 registration forms and rules and regulations.

    We would also like to inform all mushers that as of now, the Canadian Challenge 12 dog race is no longer a Yukon Quest sanctioned 300 mile qualifier. However, the Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race is now a 200 mile (8dog) and 300 mile (12dog) Iditarod sanctioned qualifier. The board is working hard with the Yukon Quest Rules committee to regain Yukon Quest 300 mile qualifier status.