Council members visit Timberland Tours

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From left: Shamus Morris, Mayor of Sheenboro, Lynn Cameron, Mayor of Portage-du-Fort, Winston Sunstrum, Mayor L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, and Gisele Demers, Head of Municipal Affaires, meet     sled-dog Beau.

Louise St. Laurent

BRISTOL – The newly elected Mayors, Councillors, and dignitaries boarded a bus, December 4, and toured the Pontiac to discover everything the area has to offer. One of their many stops was at Timberland Tours, the host of the Bristol Dryland Dog Cart Races.
Denis Rozon, owner of Timberland Tours and organizer of the Dryland races, gave everyone the grand tour of the grounds and facilities along with an explanation of what is needed and the work required to host the Dryland races and the World Championship Dryland dog races coming to Bristol in 2015.
Rozon explained what to expect for the 2015 races to the crowd of 40 people. Denis expects 300 to 400 teams to come to Bristol for the races, with about 1000 to 1500 people racing. “We must understand that a team can consist of 5 to 10 people per team. They do not just come here to race. They eat in our restaurants, sleep in our hotels, and shop in our stores. They bring economic value to the entire Pontiac. We must be here to welcome them and all of the Pontiac needs to be involved,” said Rozon. 
Many of the dignitaries had no idea that such an event would be occurring right here in the Pontiac and didn’t realize how big the event can be. “I had a great time learning what   we have right at our doorsteps,” said newly elected councillor of Shawville, Peggie Sheppard.
Rozon answered many question about the dog race events and what else Timberland has to offer and explained that he offers year round sledding and carting for all families to enjoy. Rozon also praised Mayor Brent Orr for all his work on making the Dryland races possible for the Pontiac, and for all the volunteer work he has done over the years.