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Bon Soo revellers take on the Polar Rush

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After a very cold – but well-attended – opening night on Friday, Bon Soo 2023 was in full swing Saturday.

Sault Ste. Marie’s annual winter carnival is back following its pandemic slumber, with a number of activities and events happening throughout the city. That includes a brand new event that is sure to test people’s endurance.

The event is called the Polar Rush, an obstacle course that will take participants through Bellevue Park.

“It’s about two-and-a-half-kilometre loop through a series of different obstacles,” said Alana Kenopic with Sault Tourism.

“They come out at the end, usually out of breath.”

The popular Bon Soo Bum Slides were also open Saturday, drawing large groups of children.

Saturday at Clergue Park were the pony rides, taffy making and a unique game called Crokicurl, which combines curling and crokinole on a large outdoor rink.

While temperatures have warmed up since Friday’s frigid conditions, low-hanging clouds and snow forced the postponement of the Bon Soo helicopter rides; organizers said Great Lakes Maskwa Aviation expects to start the rides on Sunday.

A full schedule of events can be found here and more information on the carnival and its history can be found on the Bon Soo website.

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