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Flin Flon takes provincial SledTown Showdown crown for third time

Flin Flon has, for the third time, been named as Manitoba’s top snowmobile hotspot in an online competition.
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Snowmobilers head through Flin Flon during the 2020 Journey for Sight.

Flin Flon has, for the third time, been named as Manitoba’s top snowmobile hotspot in an online competition.

The community took top spot in the Manitoba drawing of the SledTown Showdown, an annual competition meant to determine western Canada’s most passionate snowmobile hotspots. The victors are picked in a series of online polls hosted by the publication SnoRiders.

Each year, the publication holds a 16 community bracket for all four western Canadian provinces to determine the top sled town in each, with online polls used to determine winners. Flin Flon was initially drawn against Whiteshell Provincial Park in the first round, winning with more than 70 per cent of the vote, before moving on with another large win over Lee River in the second round.

Setting up an all-northern third round with The Pas, Flin Flon pipped its southern neighbour 1,701 to 1,195, making a final round matchup with northern rivals Snow Lake. In the end, the Flin Flon area ran over its northern chums, gathering up 2,340 votes to Snow Lake’s 838 to win the crown.

It is the third time the community has been selected as Manitoba’s top snowmobiling destination. Flin Flon won the crown back in 2020 after finishing second in 2019, but dropped the provincial title to Lac du Bonnet - the eventual winners - last year.

Now that the area has been picked as Manitoba’s top spot to sled, Flin Flon has been entered into a four-way competition with other champion communities from Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan. Hudson Bay won the vote held for Sask. communities, while Swan Hills ended up as Alberta’s champion - McBride, B.C. won the vote for Canada’s western-most province.

Each community has been drawn against each other in a four-team bracket for a new round of online voting. Flin Flon is now up against McBride in a vote - as of The Reminder’s deadline April 4, the community narrowly led - 271 votes and counting to McBride’s 242.

Voting is open until April 17. The winning community will be the subject of feature articles on SnoRiders’ website and will receive a trophy in honour of the victory.

The polls can be found on SnoRiders’ website at snoriderswest.com.