Kearney Dog Sled Races Return to North Muskoka

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For the seventeenth season, the Kearney Dog Sled Races will be held in the Ontario Near-North tourist region of the Almaguin Highlands, just north of Muskoka, Ontario. This annual winter event draws crowds from across Ontario and is important to the area's tourist-based economy.

The 17th Annual Kearney Dog Sled Races, to take place on February 12th and 13th, 2011, will once again be held in the small North Muskoka community of Kearney, located just 43 kilometres north of Huntsville, Ontario. Each year, area businesses and residents alike, look forward to this exciting annual winter event. It is considered to be the highlight of the Almaguin Highland- Near-North tourist area's winter season, attracting visitors to the region from across the province and as far away as the United States. Over the last several years, this lesser-known Ontario tourist area, just north of the famous Muskoka Lakes Region, has seen an increase in winter tourism over the past few years. With major winter events like the Kearney Dog Sled Races, tourist operators and businesses in the Almaguin Highlands are anticipating another banner winter season.

The Kearney Dog Sled Race weekend consists of several races, including a 120 mile race, a 40 mile race, a 6 mile race, a 4 mile race, ski joring and, the always popular, kids and mutts race. The highlight of the Kearney race weekend is the 120 mile sled dog race which takes place over Saturday and Sunday. Attracting participants through North America, the total purse for the Kearney dog sled race events is $10,000. As well as the exciting dog sled races, there will be a wide array of great activities for spectators of all ages. During the race weekend visitors and participants can partake in several special meals served through the weekend, silent auctions, kid's activities, volunteer fire department ice rescue demonstrations, giant snow sculptures, and live entertainment.

The Kearney race weekend starts off on Friday, February 11th at Kearney Lions Park with a 7:00pm family skate and bonfire with free hot dogs and hot chocolate. Saturday's race day activities start with a buffet breakfast, opening ceremonies and silent auction. Through the day there will be several scheduled races, as well as face painting for the kids and other fun children's activities, a BBQ, ice bike racing and live entertainment. Sunday, the last day of race weekend, will offer more of the same, along with closing ceremonies and a spaghetti dinner.

Michael Piraino, owner of Northridge Inn & Resort (, a full service all-season resort on Lake Bernard in the Almaguin Highlands, is enthusiastic about the dog sledding races and other local winter events that have significantly increased the number of visitors to the area. "Our winter business has grown substantially over the last few years. People are slowly discovering that the Almaguin area is a great Ontario winter getaway destination. Muskoka North is finally getting the attention that it deserves because it has so much to offer, in addition to the remarkable unspoilt beauty of our winter landscape. Here in Ontario's Near -North, visitors will find the best snowmobile trails in the province, dog sledding excursions, great ice-fishing and an exciting variety of winter events, like the Kearney Dog Sled Races," states Piraino. "The Kearney Dog sled races are free for all to attend. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this unique sport and all the many activities for the entire family to enjoy," add Piraino.

About Northridge Inn & Resort:
Located in the Almaguin Highlands, just north of Muskoka, Northridge Inn & Resort is a full service, four-season resort with luxurious accommodations in a private setting. With direct access to miles of groomed snowmobile trails, stunning lake views, gourmet dining, and a wide range of recreational amenities, Northridge Inn has everything to make your Ontario winter resort vacation or romantic couple's getaway very special, including many exciting value-added accommodation packages. For more information and to book your Muskoka winter getaway at Northridge, call 705-384-2252 or visit their web site

Contact Information:
Michael & Brenda Piraino
Northridge Inn & Resort
712 South Bernard Lake Road
P.O. Box 1189
Sundridge, Ontario P0A 1Z0


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