Pangagujiniq Nunavut Quest

This page represents the trail of the 2008 Pangagujuinq Nunavut Quest dog team race. Photos, videos and the results have been capture along the trail of the race from Igloolik to Arctic Bay.

The Pangagujiniq Nunavut Quest began as a shared dream of local community members in Arctic Bay, Nunavut. They dedicated their vision to their forefathers who used traditional dog team mushing as a means of transportation and survival.

This sled dog race began in 1999 as a celebration of the formation of the new Nunavut Territory. In the first year, a total of 13 teams participated in the race, covering approximately 800 km of rough and sometime hazardous terrain between Arctic Bay, Nunavut and Igloolik, Nunavut.

The Pangagujiniq Nunavut Quest takes place in March or April of each year, at a time when the weather can be unpredictably cold. The starting point alternates between various Eastern Arctic Communities. Once the race starts, it takes from 7 to 10 days to complete, depending on the number of checkpoints or weather conditions encountered on the trail.

The race has become more popular each year. Dog Mushers must be able to know how to survive on the land. The Participants are to start the race with Huskies viewed to have been used by Inuit Ancestors. Each team is required to start with no less than 8 dogs and no more than 12 dogs per team. The teams are to be in the traditional fanned type team and not in the tandem (two by two) type team. Traditional Qamutiks are to be used with a length of 14 feet, the height is to measure between 6 inches and 8 inches and crosspieces are to be 2 feet 6 inches.

The Official Race Rules are updated each year, as there are sometimes slight changes required in order to provide the best conditions for both Musher and his/her dogs. All Mushers are bound by the rules and any infractions of the rules can lead to time penalties, disqualification and censure from subsequent races.

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