- 2500 km winter race
- 24 hour-days of snowmobiling
- -40°C nights
Icicles dangle from your parka hood fur as you cheer on snowmobiles roaring past, headlamps cutting a swathe through the midnight blackness during Cain’s Quest Snowmobile Endurance Race. It’s Canada's longest and the world's toughest snowmobile competition and you’re in the small Labrador community of Labrador City to see them off or welcome them back after more than 2,500 km of Labrador’s harsh winter landscape, an area explorer Jacques Cartier dubbed “the land God gave to Cain.” Then head to Churchill Falls or Happy Valley-Goose Bay—checkpoints along the route – to see your favorite team passes through, then take a leisurely snowmobile ride yourself beneath the dancing Northern Lights on hundreds of miles of groomed trails or wide-open backcountry. While the Cain’s international two-rider teams battle unpredictable weather and extreme terrain, frostbite, fatigue and 14-foot snowdrifts, you're having fun dog-sledding, snowshoeing, getting to know locals and experiencing small-town Labrador hospitality: it’s a unique experience for you and a hefty cash prize for the race winner – a win-win situation!
- Watching the longest snowmobile endurance race in Canada and one of the world’s toughest.
- Gazing at the eerie greens, yellows and reds of the aurora borealis glittering overhead.
- Going snowmobiling yourself with local enthusiasts over the area's 900 km of groomed trails.
- Take advantage of wintery conditions and go snowshoeing or dogsledding, watching for Arctic hare and snowy owls.
- Get to know remote and friendly Labrador communities.
- Cheer for everybody in the Quest; just crossing the finish line is a huge victory.
- Family, friends and supporters can log on and follow racers online via a high tech tracking device.
- Canada’s cross-country team practices at the Menihek Nordic Ski Club near Labrador City; you can, too.
- In March, the daytime average temperature is -13°C. Though days are rapidly becoming longer, nighttime still sees lows of -20°C or colder: March is also one of the snowiest months of the winter.
- Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
- The race takes place in mid-March.
- Hop a snowmobile from November to May and head out on hundreds of kilometres of groomed trails or endless backcountry routes.
- Even spectators need serious winter clothes to keep warm and protected from the elements—pack accordingly.
- If you want to join the race, register early.
- The Wabush Airport (YWK) services Labrador City and is located 5 kilometres from the town centre.