Winter Sledding and Tobogganing

Winter Toboggan and Sled Run

Things To Do – Winter is fast upon us and another season of snow fun has begun.

For the last 10 years we have worked on our toboggan and sled run to make it safe, fun and enjoyable for both adults and kids.

Tobogganing here runs from mid December to end of March and run conditions depend on the weather.

Some days it can be very fast while other days with warmer weather the sled runs slow down. There is a smaller toboggan run for the young ones to enjoy.

Some Tobogganing History

A toboggan – basic sled which is a traditional form of transportation utilized by the Innu and Cree of northern Canada.

In modern day times, it is used on snow to bring one or more people down a hill or other slope for recreational winter fun. Designs vary from simple, traditional models to modern engineered composites.

A toboggan differs from most sleds or sleighs in that it has no runners or skis (or only low ones) on the underside. The bottom of a toboggan rides straight on the snow. Some parks come with designated toboggan hills where ordinary sleds are not permitted and which may include toboggan runs similar to bobsleigh courses.

The traditional toboggan is made of bound, parallel wood slats, all bent forward at the front to form a sideways ‘J’ shape.

We still have one but it’s not popular for tobogganing here. A thin rope is run through the top of the loop to provide rudimentary steering. The front most rider places their feet in the loop and sits on the flat bed; any others sit behind them and grasp the waist of the person before them.

Modern recreational toboggans are typically manufactured from wood, aluminum or plastic. Larger, more rugged models are made for commercial or rescue use. Read More wikipedia.org Tobogganing

Canadian Natives needed a medium to journey throughout the snowy tundra and to haul their resources or family with them. Pulling their small children on toboggans may be considered the first Canadian sleigh rides.

They fashioned the toboggan to complete this task. The toboggans were used on hunting trips to bring supplies and to haul their meat back home again. They were also utilised for trading and monitoring trap lines.

Snowshoeing in Canada combined with the toboggan grew to become an productive mode of transportation for these people.

The sub-artic Native groups designed toboggans out of 2 or more birch slats affixed to cross-bars for support. The boards were curved up at the front by bending them when they were still green and allowing them to dry. This allowed for simple maneuvering throughout the snow.

These early toboggans were pulled mostly by people; however, they were sometimes pulled by dogs. Like their Artic brethren, it became another form of dog sledding in Canada. Read More Tobogganing In Canada  

 

 Our Toboggan Hill – Things To Do This Winter

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 We usually start building the toboggan run as soon as we have a foot of snow, It all starts with packing the run down to build up a good base. Sometimes I’ll even water it down while packing making a good ice base. Once the base is done the snow blower comes in and builds up the sides to keep the tobogganers on track. This processes repeats itself till there is enough snow to open the hill safely.

The toboggan run has two paths to the lake.

One is the main run and the other acts as a walking path alone with a slower run for the young ones to sleigh on.

If you look at this picture the walking path is to the left.

We ask people to use the walking path and to not walk on the main toboggan run or destroy the banks as this helps keep the run safe and fun.

There is times where the run can be very fast, especially after warm weather followed by a deep freeze and you’ll be happy to have high snow banks to keep you on the toboggan path.

 The small round disc are the most fun for single riders and the black sleds are best for couples.

 Your toboggan ride ends on the lake on a sheet of ice next to the ice rink.

It’s a great sled ride and lots of fun in the snow, the walk back up is great exercise, keeps you fit.

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Country life was always a factor when we looked for a place to live, so back in 2002 Heather and I quit our city jobs and purchased a small Country Resort on Halls Lake in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario Canada. We live on the resort grounds and enjoying helping people with their all season vacation and Family Reunion planning. Our Blog supports resort guests and visitors to the area by letting them know all the things happening in the Haliburton Highlands in order to get the most out of their vacation or weekend getaway. We'll be happy to help you find what your looking for in the Haliburton Highlands. May it be things to do, places to eat, family activities, sites to see, cottages for rent or sale, almost anything to do with the Haliburton Highlands.

2 Comments

  • Bill Herrick

    Reply Reply September 16, 2014

    Have you ever heard of Slebogganing? Once you peruse our website, perhaps you will link it to your site. See what Slebogganing is all about even introduce it to your patrons this coming season. Sleboggan is Tradename of Patented “Device For Steering A Toboggan.”
    Bill Herrick, President
    Mr. Sleboggan, Inc.

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