Sled dog derby contestants mush to the finish

Elkford celebrated the 17th annual Wilderness Classic sled dog derby during last weekend’s first ever B.C. Family Day.

The youngest skijorer racing on the weekend in Elkford was Tate Everett-Kenny

The youngest skijorer racing on the weekend in Elkford was Tate Everett-Kenny



Elkford celebrated the 17th annual Wilderness Classic sled dog derby during last weekend’s first ever B.C. Family Day.

Sled dog teams hailing from B.C., Alberta, the Yukon, and the U.S. came out to race in the derby. Featuring seven different dog-sled races, a skier-dog skijoring competition, and a snowshoe biathlon, the event was jam-packed with activities to keep the crowds entertained.

Originally scheduled for January, the sled dog derby was postponed because of icy conditions. The festivities kicked off Friday night with the opening. The races took place all day Saturday and Sunday, with a dinner and silent auction on Saturday night, and an awards presentation to wrap everything up on Sunday afternoon.