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Northern House closes Monday

The first and last pavilion to open for the 2010 Games — Canada’s Northern House — is closing its doors on Monday.

Organizers say they’re going out “with a bang,” bringing back some of the pavilion’s most popular attractions including two white huskies and performances of Northern sports.

Visitors can enter for a chance to win a $5,000 prize pack that includes a kayak, digital SLR camera and camping equipment.

Michelle Smith, director of operations with Northern House, said it’s had more than 200,000 visitors since opening in January.

“That’s twice as many people as (those who) live in the territories,” she said. “People are fascinated by the (taxidermy) animals — the polar bear, muskox, arctic wolf and caribou.

Especially the muskox because (they) assume they’re really big and they walk in and (see it) they’re always surprised.”

Smith said organizers hope the exhibit familiarized people with the North and inspired them to consider travelling, working or investing in the region.

“The comments have just been amazing. We’re constantly told we were the best pavillion.” The Northern House will be open, free, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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