Police officer dog sledding Algonquin Park for a good cause

Toronto Police Supt. Heinz Kuck is preparing for a four-day frozen adventure that will see him dog...

Toronto Police Supt. Heinz Kuck is preparing for a four-day frozen adventure that will see him dog sled 100 kilometres through Algonquin Park next month. (PHOTOS SUPPLIED)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:09 PM ET

Braving sub-zero temperatures on a sled packed with hundreds of pounds of gear while trying to command half a dozen dogs through snowy, rugged terrain, with little experience, may not be everyone’s idea of fun.

But, Toronto Police Supt. Heinz Kuck can’t wait to harness his team, yell “hike” and disappear into the wilderness.

“It’s for a good cause, so I’m very excited,” the 11 Division commander said.

Beginning on Feb. 10, Kuck will spend four days and three nights dog sledding 100 kilometres through Algonquin Park in an effort to raise thousands of dollars for Victim Services Toronto.

“This is my first experience with dog sledding,” he said. “So I expect it will be an enormous challenge.”

Kuck, a police officer for 34 years, began raising money for Victim Services in 2012.

He and a team of fellow officers have twice canoed across Lake Ontario, a distance of 55 kilometres, and collected about $35,000 in donations.

 


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