The 2017 World Driving Championship will be hosted at five different racetracks in four different provinces between August 12 and 18, 2017, which will offer the competing drivers the opportunity to see much of the country during this competition.
The 2017 WDC, which will feature a field of ten of the world’s best harness drivers will kick off in the west at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Calgary, Alberta, on Saturday, August, 12 for the first leg.
The drivers will then head to Ontario for the next two legs. Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville will host the second leg on Monday, August 14, and that will be followed by the third leg at Georgian Downs in Innisfil on August 15.
The action then moves to la belle province of Quebec on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg of the WDC before the drivers head to Prince Edward Island and Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18.
This event, which is held in conjunction with the WTC and which are both held every two years, will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.
Canada has previously hosted the World Trotting Conference and World Driving Championship in 1973, 1989 and most recently in 2003 where the WTC was hosted in Toronto and the WDC was hosted in Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Ontario with the final leg at Woodbine Racetrack.
Canadian drivers have won the World Driving Championship on four occasions -- Herve Filion (1970), Sylvain Filion (1999), Jody Jamieson (2001, 2011) -- but a Canadian driver has never won on home soil.
More information about the 2017 World Trotting Conference and World Driving Championship as it becomes available.