SledTown ShowDown: Tumbler Ridge tussles with Thompson!

SledTown ShowDown 2023 showcases Tumbler Ridge and Thompson in the Finals

by Kyle Born

This is it: The final round of SledTown ShowDown 2023!

Many beloved snowmobiling destinations entered the competition, and now only two remain: Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, and Thompson, Manitoba!

Here’s a recap of the semi-finals:

British Columbia Provincial Champion vs. Alberta Provincial Champion:

Tumbler Ridge (912 votes, 54%) defeated Swan Hills (769 votes, 46%)

Manitoba Provincial Champion vs. Saskatchewan Provincial Champion:

Thompson (1,185 votes, 55%) defeated Hudson Bay (984 votes, 45%)

Well, well, well, look who decided to show up and shatter everyone’s March Madness bracket: Thompson, Manitoba—that’s who! Thompson had yet to win a provincial title coming into this year’s competition. Now they’ve upset the balance of power by knocking off both the reigning SledTown champs (Flin Flon) and Hudson Bay, the five-time provincial champions from Saskatchewan. Can Thompson cement its place in history by becoming the winner of SnoRiders’ 9th annual SledTown ShowDown?

Tumbler Ridge has been here before, when the prolific SledTown won the whole shebang back in 2019. Can Tumbler Ridge scale these lofty heights once again and claim a second SledTown ShowDown championship?

You decide!

Help your SledTown win the entire competition by voting now, but you only get one vote per round.


Round 6 runs April 11 to 23, 2023.

New to the contest? This is how it works: we start with 16 destinations from each Western province in Canada. Each round, our readers vote for their favourites and the destinations get whittled down. By Round 4, we’ll have our provincial winners, which will go head-to-head until only one town remains to be crowned the 2023 SledTown ShowDown Champion of Western Canada. For a full account of previous SledTown ShowDowns, see our complete history of SnoRiders’ SledTown ShowDown.

Here’s what the winner gets:

A shiny SledTown trophy, bragging rights and feature articles on Plus, it is a chance to raise positive awareness of snowmobiling and to recognize local clubs for all their hard work.

Social media plays a big role in this contest so be sure to hit “share” after you vote to let your friends know about the contest. You can also follow SnoRiders on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for quick updates during the contest. Feel free to tag us in photos and use the #SledTown2023 to promote your favourite town.

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Good luck to you and your SledTown.

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