Lac du Bonnet leads the way. Manitoba has a new SledTown ShowDown provincial champ

Lac du Bonnet is Manitoba’s 2021 SledTown ShowDown provincial champion

by Kyle Born

For the first time ever, Lac du Bonnet has become Manitoba’s SledTown ShowDown champion.

With its variety of terrain and family-friendly routes, Lac du Bonnet attracts snowmobilers by the drove. In fact, over 10,000 snowmobiles take to the trails each season. Sledders flock to Lac du Bonnet for its many kilometres of trail networks available and the quality terrain in this tranquil area. No wonder it was voted Manitoba’s 2021 SledTown ShowDown provincial champion!

Lac du Bonnet’s snowmobile trails are maintained by several clubs, including the Lee River Snow Riders (The Eastman Snopals also look after the area). Here’s what Ken Horn, director of the Lee River Snow Riders, had to say about Lac du Bonnet’s huge accomplishment.

How did your club rally the community to vote for SledTown ShowDown?

It started out small. We sent out emails to our 410 members. It also went out to other clubs in the province after the provincial round.

What was your reaction to winning the 2021 SledTown ShowDown Provincial Championship?

This is kinda cool. Neat. We (The Lee River Snow Riders) won the Snoman Outstanding Club of the Year award in 2019 as well.

What was your club and community’s response to the win?

Because of COVID, we’re not too sure.

Why do you think snowmobilers are so passionate about riding in Lac du Bonnet?

It’s a beautiful area. We have the Cambrian shield. Lakes. Gorgeous areas. The shelters are quite large, 24 square feet. Trails are very wide—20 feet. Well maintained. Well marked.

For anyone who has yet to sled in Lac du Bonnet but is considering making the trek, what would you tell them to entice them to come?

It’s easily accessible from Ontario and the States. 

Voting history in Manitoba’s 2021 SledTown ShowDown bracket:

Lac du Bonnet is Manitoba’s 2021 SledTown ShowDown provincial champion!

Congratulations to Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba’s 2021 SledTown ShowDown provincial champion! This is Lac du Bonnet’s first provincial title.

It was another tight contest for Lac du Bonnet (4,753 votes, 53%), but this surging SledTown wouldn’t be denied victory over Snow Lake (4,252 votes, 47%).

Thanks to a strong showing of support in Round 3, Lac du Bonnet (6,729 votes, 53%) advanced to the finals on the strength of a massive victory over Flin Flon (5,928 votes, 47%), last year’s SledTown ShowDown champion.

During Round 2, Lac du Bonnet (512 votes, 52%) edged out Duck Mountain Provincial Park (467 votes, 48%) in a tight contest.

In Round 1, Lac du Bonnet (204 votes, 79%) won in a landslide vs. Pinawa (55 votes, 21%).

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