Three Popular Winter Events to Attend in Labrador in March

Snowmobile races, skill testing sports and winter festivals are among the events taking place in Labrador this winter.

Labrador, also known as the Big Land, is the mainland region of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. Its pristine landscapes and scenic features are a beautiful backdrop for many winter activities. The winter season in Labrador tends to be long and cold, with substantial snowfall amounts. Labradorians make the most of the climate by enjoying the outdoor events the region has to offer.

Here are three examples of activities that will be held during the month of March in Labrador.

Cain’s Quest Snowmobile Race

Cain’s Quest, the longest snowmobile endurance race in Canada, is held every year in Labrador. Over the course of a week, competitors race their snow machines over more than 2500 kilometres of rugged Labrador wilderness. Riding in teams of two, they are confronted by bitterly cold temperatures and challenging terrain that tests them both physically and mentally.

The first Cain’s Quest took place in 2006 over a 1200-kilometre route. The event was an instant success, and the following year the length of the course was extended. Registration numbers have increased every year, with teams from both Canada and the U.S. participating.

Cain’s Quest 2010, scheduled for March 13 – 20, will begin and end in Labrador City. During the race, the progress of the snowmobilers can be tracked via the Cain’s Quest official website.

Labrador Winter Games

The Labrador Winter Games are held every three years in the town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, which is located in the central region of Labrador. The event, scheduled for March 7 – 13, 2010, celebrates both winter sports and Labrador culture.

Athletes from all over Labrador will participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor sporting events. These include:

Dog sled races
Snowmobile races
Cross country skiing
Snowshoe races
Ball hockey

The Labrador Winter Games also feature an event called the Northern Games. It consists of four skill testing competitions: Labrador hurdles, jumped with feet together; Over the Rope, a contest which requires competitors to pull themselves up over a taut rope; the Seal Race, which sees athletes wriggling like seals as they pull their bodies by hand along a course; and the One Foot High Kick, where the athletes must kick at a hanging target.

SnoBreak Winter Festival

SnoBreak is an annual winter festival that takes place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The 2010 edition is set for the week of March 20 – 27. This event is chock -full of activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Some of the festival offerings include:

Ice carving. Families get the opportunity to create their own ice sculptures. Carving tools are supplied, and master carver Steve Watson will be available to provide ice sculpting tips.

The Family Toboggan Party, complete with games, hot chocolate and hot dogs.

Geocaching, a treasure hunt in which participants use a Global Position System (GPS) to locate hidden cache containers filled with prizes.

The Big Land Loppet, a cross country skiing event that takes place on groomed trails. Skiers can choose from four different routes, depending on their skill level.

Labrador offers a number of exciting winter activities that will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts, athletes and families.


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