We are now IFSS world cup sanctioned!
The goal of the Haliburton Highlands Dogsled Derby is to host a world class event offering competitors a $6,000 purse and the challenging landscape of the Highlands while combining the event with the friendliness of our small town community. Haliburton village welcomes competitors from across Canada and the United States. Races take place at the Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre, located five minutes south of the village of Haliburton, on County Road 21 (formerly 121). Food is available on-site. Choose from two restaurants inside the resort as well as a Lions BBQ set up outside just for the races, closer to the action.
Each race is a grouped category with both open and purebred teams competing. Competitors go out at two minute intervals. On day one, open competitors draw bib numbers on Friday night (attendance is mandatory to draw a bib number) and will start off in that order. Siberians also draw bib numbers and go out two minutes after the last open team has left. On day two, competitors go out based on day one times.
A bit about our course and classes:
Our purse this year is $6,000.00 CDN!
The Haliburton Highlands is a beautiful and rugged part of the Canadian Shield, located on the southwest corner of Algonquin Park, a land of lakes and wilderness. The race is designed to showcase the land we live on. The layout allows for a complete looped trail so no head-on passing is necessary. The race starts in front of the resort on a straight and level section of the trail. It winds its way through the Pinestone property with a combination of open and straight stretches, as well as some hills and wooded areas. The majority of this trail is laid out, packed and groomed solely for the dogsled race. Each race offers, almost to the decimal, a four and six mile course.
For the kid and mutt class, each child must have a dogsled and one dog. The race is approximately 100m in length and registration, for this class only, starts approximately 30 minutes before (plan to register at approximately 12:15pm on Saturday).
For the youth and novice classes, the course is approximately 2 miles in length with a 2 or 3 dog team needed.
The skijoring race is four miles in length and is the same course run by the 4-dog teams.
Race rules and vet care:
We follow ISDRA race rules, with a no whip policy. For complete ISDRA rules click here. Haliburton Veterinary Services is the closest veterinary clinic to the race site at approximately 6km away. Vet staff is on call as needed. Clinic number: (705) 457 - 2087.
Race entry details:
Looking for accommodations to stay at while you enjoy the race? See below.
Where to stay:
Phone: (705) 457 - 5281
Mail: PO Box 631, Haliburton, ON, K0M 1S0