Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A fun day at AO's Winter Fun Day

Cars were parked right down the road and on the other side of Hwy 60

By all accounts, the 14th Annual Algonquin Outfitters Winter Fun Day was a great success. We estimate that about 200 people visited Algonquin Outfitters in Oxtongue Lake on Saturday. The weather and snow cooperated and we were lucky that the freezing rain did not start until Sunday afternoon, just as the Ragged Falls snowshoe hike was ending.

Thanks to Jason Wilcox, lots of folks got to test drive Atlas snowshoes

All of the demos, lessons and displays were well attended. Door prize draws were a huge hit, as usual, and the excellent selection of prizes was much appreciated. Everyone seemed to have fun! We were were especially pleased with the participation level in the demos and activities. There was an excellent turnout of 21 hearty snowshoers for the Ragged Falls snowshoe hike on Sunday morning. Most of these folks were new to snowshoeing and all had a great time.

The BBQ lunch and campfire are always popular!

Summit College students and interns showing how ice climbing works

Winterdance dogs at full tilt on the Blue Spruce trails

Barb and Scott from Toronto try Inuit leg wrestling

"The blind musher and the lazy dog" was a very entertaining event!

Steve from NorthOnSixty working hard to stay ahead of his kids

Dan Mahoney from Ski for Life and a future x-c skier

Ben and Robin from the Wolf Den working on the igloo,
with some help from Heather and John

We've posted over 60 pictures of the event on the Winter Fun Day page on Facebook. You need to sign up for Facebook to see these (it's easy, free and you don't have to get addicted to to it).

You can also see a Winter Fun Day slide show on our retail blog:

Randy Mitson, our staff photo guru, has posted over 200 images of the day on his gallery on Photobucket. If you want to see all the pictures, this is the place.

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