More about the Kearney Dog Sled Races

Welcome to Kearney Dog Sled Races!


Kearney is a quaint community of 800 people, located just north of Huntsville, Ontario and proudly hosts the largest dog sled race in Ontario.  The races are held annually on the 1st weekend of February, drawing teams and mushers from Alaska, Quebec, Manitoba, Ontario and the North Eastern States. Kearney hosts more than 70 competitive mushers along with novice and future mushers.

We host 5 races of different distances for the professional or beginner musher and trek through the beautiful northern wilderness.  We also host a race specifically for the up and coming young mushers.  Our event attracts fans from all over the world and we keep them all updated through online postings throughout the weekend.   The Kearney Dog Sled Race Committee has the mission to preserve the heritage of this exciting dog sport and to continue to support international enthusiasm for sports competition, education and awareness of this very special style of dog.

For more information on our community please visit the Town of Kearney website –

Kearney Dog Sled Races

© 2013 – Photo by Wayne Bridge

Kearney Dog Sled Races News

Barking Up the Right Tree

21st annual Kearney Dog Sled Races Feb 7 & 8th 2015         Kearney, Ontario, December 18, 2014   – As many as 75 dog sled teams will compete in and around Kearney at the 21st Anniversary Dog Sled Races on Saturday February 7th and Sunday February 8th in Ontario’s biggest annual dog sled…

10 dog stage race

New Stage Race for 2015

10 Dog, 2 Day Stage Race Announced September 27, 2014           The Town of Kearney Sled Dog Races has changed its Mid-Distance Race format for the 2015 season to a Stage Race format. Mushers will be permitted to utilize a 12 dog pool with a maximum 10 dog team size for…

Gunnar Kaasen with sled dog Balto

Kearney Dog Sled Races – Balto

Dog Sled History – Balto Balto (1919 – March 14, 1933) was a Siberian Husky sled dog who led his team on the final leg of the 1925 Great Serum Run to Nome, in which diphtheria antitoxin was transported from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nenana, Alaska, by train and then to Nome by dog sled to…

Kearney Winter Fest 2001

Kearney Dog Sled Races History 2000

The 21st Century An excerpt from the Kearney Winterfest Program year 2000. A Glimpse At The Sport. Origin:    Sled dog racing is one of North America’s oldest winter sports. The Eskimos and Indians who inhabit the northern regions of the North American continent have always been associated with and dependent upon man’s best friend. Their…

Kearney Dog Sled Races History Main Street

Kearney Dog Sled Races History 1996-1998

Throughout the past 20 years, organizers have been able to successfully pull off the Kearney Dog Sled Races each year on the 2nd weekend of February. While the conditions weren’t always perfect, the organizers used their creative solutions to always pull off an exciting event.  Even in the early years, the event included craft sales,…

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