Caribou Carnival and Canadian Championship Dog Derby

Caribou Carnival and Canadian Championship Dog Derby

Last weekend in March
The Caribou Carnival is a Canadian festival of winter sports and entertainment that includes competitions in snow and ice sculpting and beard growing. But the highlight of the carnival is the Championship Dog Derby. Offering more prize money than any other dog sled competition in the Northwest Territories, the grueling three-day race takes mushers 150 miles across Great Slave Lake.
In addition to sports, the carnival features a Mushers' Ball, a talent show, fireworks, and an ugly truck and dog contest. It is held in Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, a vast region that stretches from the northern boundaries of the Canadian provinces to within 500 miles of the North Pole.
CONTACTS:
Yellowknife City Hall
4807-52 St.
P.O. Box 580
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4 Canada
867-920-5600; fax: 867-920-5649
www.yellowknife.ca
SOURCES:
WildPlanet-1995, p. 555