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Five legendary winter sports events to check out in 2022

In Canada, winter is the season to get out there and have some fun and test your mettle. We've been through a lot the last 20 months, so maybe it's time to challenge yourself and try out one of many epic events that are set to run this winter. Here are five of our favourites. Good luck!

 

Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2022 (Whitehorse, Yukon)

Billed as the toughest ultra race in the world, and for good reason, the Yukon Arctic Ultra has race distance options of anywhere from marathon distance to a whopping 300 miles — the 430-mile option is back in 2023. The course follows the trail of the Yukon Quest sled dog race beginning in Whitehorse. Participants can choose their mode of travel whether by foot, mountain bike or cross-country ski. Currently, the 300-mile course record by foot dates back to 2016 when American endurance athlete Jan Kriska finished the epic adventure in 117:24. The race is open to men, women and teams of two or more athletes. 

The Prince George Iceman (Prince George, BC)

If you’re truly up for a chilly challenge, how about a winter multi-sport events with some swimming thrown in the mix? The Prince George Iceman, happening on February 13, 2022, has participants ski, run, skate, and swim the 28.8 km course, either as an individual or as part of a team. 

Pentathlon des Neiges (Quebec City, QC)

 

 

Newly expanded for 2022, and scheduled for Feb. 26 to March 13, the Penthathlon des Neige is the biggest winter sports festival anywhere with enough events and sports challenges to satisfy one and all. The Pentathlon des Neiges features numerous endurance events and team challenges including the famous five-sport pentathlon, a triathlon challenge as well as many corporate and family challenge events, spring break programming and the opportunity to hit the Plains of Abraham in beautiful Quebec City to discover new sports and play all week long. Compete solo or put together a team. It is epic. 

Winterlude Triathlon (Ottawa, ON)

The Winterlude Triathlon, one of the featured events of the Winterlude winter festival in Ottawa–Gatineau, has participants skating, skiing and running their way on and around the famous Rideau Canal on Feb. 5, 2022. Distances include an 8 km skate, an 8 km ski and a 5 km run. Stay tuned for registration details as this event is finalized. 

Gatineau Loppet (Gatineau, QC)

 

 

If you fancy yourself a speedy cross-country skier, you’ll want to take part in one or more of the various race distances at the Gatineau Loppet, the biggest international cross-country ski event in Canada, from Feb. 18 to 20, 2022. Choose from classic for freestyle races, or sign up for the snowshoe race if skiing isn’t your thing.
 

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