Whether you’re a sofa surfer, weekend athlete or a fitness buff strap on some crampons and join the fun!




Rules of the Race

If you’ve never experienced racing a canoe on the snow, your chance to do just that is coming up! On February 18, 2019, be one of the 60 awesome teams that will connect and compete for prizes. Race Day: Monday, February 18, 2019, Louis Riel Day, 12:00 noon to 5:00PM Registration now open – sign up your team today!

Race Course

The course consists of a straight, snow-packed 200-metre track of four lanes. Each heat features four teams racing head- to- head. The top four teams (with best times) will challenge each other for the win in a final heat. The team who completes the course in the fastest time wins the race, has bragging rights and will be awarded the Grand Prize for heat time.


A Wild Winter Canoe Race team is comprised of five adults. No paddles at this event. Ingenuity and teamwork = the winning formula! Dress as a team. Impress the judges. Watch for prize announcements. Each team must have a designated Team Manager who is responsible for communication with race organizers and will ensure all crew members are kept informed of updates/changes as they unfold.

Training Days

Propelling a canoe with your foot takes a little practice. Teams will have the opportunity to test their skills in preparation for the race. Training times on the frozen Red River at The Forks will
be scheduled for 2019. Watch for sign-up and updates.


Team registration fee is $300 or $60/member. Registration fee entitles each member to a swag bag with goods, gift cards and coupons. Secure storage will be available at registration at The Inn at The Forks. There is a $2 fee for this storage of your gear. Information and arrangements at the Registration Check-In desk on the day of the race.

Safety and Waivers

Crew members are responsible for their own safety while participating in the 2019 Wild Winter Canoe Race. Each Team Manager is responsible for ensuring that the Team Roster is completed online in full. The Team Manager is also responsible for ensuring that all individual crew members bring a hard copy of their signed Participant Waivers and identification on Race Day.

Equipment and Clothing

Race canoes will be provided by race organizers. Team gear is the responsibility of the individual teams. Teams will be dressed in a themed uniform or color scheme (preferably bright colors as they’re more easily seen against the snow). Harness your creativity! The bolder, the better! Watch for the prize announcement for this category.


Footwear that can maximize your grip will increase your winning advantage in the race – think crampons/soccer cleats. Footwear is the responsibility of individual teams and their team members.

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