More than a dozen mushers and their sled dog teams descended on Troll Ski Resort to kick off day one of the Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run.
The mushers have been sworn in as official Canada Post letter carriers and will deliver the specially sold envelopes by dog sled. Day one was at Troll Ski Resort, with competition and mail delivery ending on Sunday February 27 with delivery to the Barkerville Post Office.
Everything from full teams of sled dogs to lone mushers on a pair of skis took part in the first stage of the competition. Snowmobile volunteers left before the dogs to make sure the trail was in perfect condition.
The weather also cooperated for dogs and mushers. Temperatures at Troll hovered around 0C for opening day, and there was plenty of packed snow for the dogs to run on.
Over 2,000 envelopes have been sold in the Quesnel area and, after being delivered to Barkerville, the mail will enter the regular postal service and be delivered worldwide. Canada Post liaison Kerry Onanski said the envelopes will be sent as far afield as South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and all over Europe.
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