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2015 - The 21st Chinook Winter Carnival

Chinooks New England will be in Conway area of New Hampshire for the 21st Chinook Winter Carnival in 2015. Winter Carnival is an annual event with Chinooks coming from all over New England. Some adventurous Chinook owners come from as far away as New Jersey.  It's a great event to meet New Hampshire's State Dog in their natural element. We will have a Chinook meet and greet to give the public the opportunity to meet Chinooks up close and personal. Some CNE members will have their sleds so you can experience dog sledding first hand. We usually have a sled dog display where volunteers will be handing out Chinook information, and informing the public about the breed. In addition to the main event there will be additional CNE  events and events hosted by the Conway New Hampshire 250th Anniversary Celebration throughout the weekend.

Please note the change in location! The 2015 Chinook Winter Carnival will be in Conway, New Hampshire.

The 2015 Chinook Winter Carnival will be in Conway, NH. This year we will not be at the Remick Museum in Tamworth. Please be sure to note all the location information in the schedule below.

We also have a downloadable version of the schedule with maps here. Please download the 2015 Logistics Chinook Winter Carnival in Conway.pdf document for more information.


USDA photo Chinook and Walden, 1922 Conway, NH
 USDA Photo of Chinook And Walden, 1922 Conway, NH

2015 Chinook Winter Carnival
Tentative Schedule

The 2015 Chinook Winter Carnival will be held in conjunction with Conway, New Hampshire’s 250th Anniversary Celebration. Conway is located 25 minutes north of Tamworth, New Hampshire. Detailed maps and location information of the event sites in Conway and Tamworth will be provided.

This year we are part of a much larger winter carnival. Conway, New Hampshire’s 250th Anniversary Celebration will have a number of other activities planned for the weekend so there will be much more to do and see this year.

The Conway 250th Committee is expecting between 1000 and 2000 attendees for the Conway 250th Celebration Winter Carnival during the weekend so it is important that you book your lodging early. Links to lodging information in Conway is at the end of this page. Tamworth is only a short distance down the road so you can also stay in Tamworth if you have a favorite location from prior Chinook Winter Carnivals. Next year’s Chinook Winter Carnival will be in Tamworth for their 250th celebration.

Friday, January 23, 2015
6 to 8PM: Informal “ice breaking” at the Salyard’s Center for the Arts (SAC). There are a number of good restaurants in the area for dinner once we get everyone together to decide on a location.

Salyard’s is at 100 Main Street, Conway, NH

Saturday, January 24, 2015
8:00AM to 10:00AM: Set up at Salyards.

10:00AM to 1:00PM Public program of sledding, trails for skijoring, snowshoeing, hiking. Weather permitting. We will not be giving dog sled rides to the public this year so this is a good opportunity to try your dog out in harness. There will be extra sleds and harnesses so you can try your dog in harness even if you don't have any equipment.

1:30PM to 2:30PM Pack up the pack. We will have some indoor spaces available to crate your dog and someone to watch them. This will give you an opportunity to walk around, shop at the local stores or get lunch.

3:00PM to 5:00PM: Inside events: There will be a slate of educational seminars on Chinook topics at the Salyards. The first Conway Winter Carnival held in 1922. The Reporter Newspaper of February, 2 1922 included a photo of “Arthur Walden’s Alaskan Dog Team” Bob Cottrell will give a presentation on the rich history of Walden and Chinooks in Conway, New Hampshire. This will be followed by a look at the art of traditional sled building by local sled builders from Tamworth area.

5:30PM to 7:00PM: Dinner and CNE Annual Meeting. Location TBA.
7:00PM: There will be a Contra dance in another area of the SAC just as the dinner ends.

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Pilgrimage to Wonalancet
11:00AM to ? Meet at Hemenway Forest for some sledding, skijoring, snowshoeing, or hiking on the trails at Hemenway Forest before we leave for home.

Lodging in Conway
It is important that you book your lodging early. Even if you are unsure if you will be attending you can book a room then release it if you cannot attend.

The Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, a great resource for finding lodging, etc.

Here is their “pet friendly” page.

 Lodging in the Tamworth area

Tamworth is 20 minutes South of Conway, New Hampshire. There are some great locations in the Tamworth area for lodging.

Highland House

Highland House is located in Tamworth. It has five rooms with a shared bathroom. It is a dog friendly inn that is close to the museum. The phone number is 603-323-7982 and their web site is Dale, the owner said she needs at least five people to stay at the inn to open. Please call for reservations.

Lazy Dog Inn

The Lazy Dog Inn bills itself as a "Truly Dog Friendly Bed and Breakfast".  The Lazy Dog Inn is not far from Tamworth. There are seven rooms. Some have shared bathrooms. Some have private bathrooms.  It is located at 201 White Mountain Highway, Tamworth,   New Hampshire 03817, 1-603-323-8350,

Sunny Brook Cottages

Sunny Brook Cottages has some reasonably priced cottages available. Sunny Brook Cottages is located at 1901 White Mountain Highway (RT 16), Albany, NH, 03818. Please call 603 447 3922 for reservations. Their email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and their website is

Purity Springs Resort

Purity Spring Resort on 1251 Eaton Road (Route 153), East Madison, New Hampshire 03849 has some rooms available. Their website is The phone numbers are 603.367.8896 and 800.373.3754. They have a nice indoor pool and do horse drawn sleigh rides.