Yukon Dog Sledding Adventure
This tour is an amazing wilderness adventure that will take you back to the early days of transportation by dog sled. You will spend your days mushing on the training grounds of many a quest musher and it will take you winding through some of the most spectacular wilderness in the Yukon.
You will spend the first few days learning the basics of mushing and each day the trails will advance slightly in difficulty. Relax in the evenings with a shower, a sauna or in our cozy lodge by the wood stove. Then step back in time and camp in our wall tent camp at Dry Creek. Master these amazing trails then move on to our camp at Coal Lake.
Imagine life as a trapper as you live and work in an original working Trappers Cabin. We do everything we can to ensure that this is your adventure of a lifetime and that you go home with many happy memories of your visit with us
- Depending on the dynamics of the group this tour may include a 3rd tent night and the itinerary may change slightly.
- Please note that dog sledding is comparable to cross country skiing and does require you to be in relatively good physical shape.
- We do recommend that you arrive the day before your tour. Whether you arrive the day of your tour or days before don't worry we'll take care of you. All clients will be picked up at the airport upon arrival and taken to a hotel or straight to the ranch. Pre and Post nights can be booked for you upon request.
Nov 16, 2012 – April 13, 2013
Departs Saturdays only
Participants: Max 4 clients per Guide
Single or double room in Whitehorse: CAD $119 + gst.
How this holiday makes a difference:
The experience staged here is fittingly harmonized with this land’s history and the meeting of cultures it has made possible since the Gold Rush days. The ranch offers simple comforts without running water nor electricity. We use propane lighting; we burn wood for heat, much like the first visitors of European stock did in the late 19th century. If the rugged northern landscape of the Yukon River basin maintains much of its wilderness character today, this operation only enhances it for visitors.
Our trips are not escorted by snowmobiles or any type of motor vehicles. Snowmobiles are used only for emergencies and sometimes to haul supplies to the camp. Transportation is by dog sled and horse only. The impact on the environment is minimal in the sense that we take out everything we bring onto the land. Refuse and human waste are bagged.
Conservation officers come out regularly to monitor our activities, which are licensed by a territorial wilderness tourism regulatory body which requires us to submit annual reports on everything from the number of guides we use and their qualifications, to the number of guests we take over the land and the specific areas we visit with them throughout the year. Trip duration and type, as well as any secondary activity we might engage in while guests are with us are also reported as part of this process.
Because of the way we run our trips, the Kwanlin Dunn First Nation allows us to travel over their land for part of our journeys. We, in turn, give them access to our land. Dog sledding is an integral element of the local culture throughout Yukon. It allows travellers to look at the land through a different lens, one that engages participants in a profound manner; one that capitalizes on the ancestral relationship between humans and their domesticated canine friends.
Most of the guides are native to the area, they keep coming back to lead trips year after year because of the income, but also because of the opportunity this responsible tourism offering provides the staff and guests to help preserve a tradition that is very much part of the cultural fabric of the Yukon Territory.
What is included:
- Transfer from and to Whitehorse
- accommodations in Whitehorse ( 2 nights in double rooms)
- Accommodation in cabins (6 or 7 nights in double rooms) or heated tent outpost camps ( 5 or 6 nights, group accommodations )
- All meals including non-alcoholic beverages, except dinner day 7, 14 breakfast day 8,15 in Whitehorse
- Use of personal sled and 3 to 6 Huskies
- Musher Diploma & Shuttle Pass
- Winter Boots included, all other equipment see below
What is not included:
- Alcoholic beverages ( we buy jointly before the tour )
- Winter clothing rental of warm Northern Outfitters Jacket, Pants; $35/item, sleeping bag $45 each, mitts $10. Payable upon arrival in cash or credit card.
- Meals in restaurants ( dinner day 7, 14; breakfast day 8,15 )
- All expenses of personal nature
- This Dog sledding adventure is a challenging but relaxed fun trip! We supply you with the best equipment possible and teach you all the important aspects of mushing.
- To participate you must be healthy, enjoy working with dogs and have a good team spirit. Dog sledding is a comparable physical activity to cross-country skiing, so you should be in relatively good physical shape.
- We point out, that unforeseeable circumstances such as weather conditions, extreme temperatures, condition of the group or illness of the dogs and may force us to change this itinerary. The safety of our guests takes precedence and our decisions are final.
- The camps have no power or telephone, showers are of basic gravity fed nature and not available in tent camp. Gravity fed shower and wood heated sauna at Lodge.
- You will be required to sign a " release of claims and waiver of liability form" prior to the departure of this tour.
- We strongly suggest that all of our guests consider the purchase of travel insurance for protection against cancellation penalties and many other unforeseeable circumstances such as emergency medical evacuation.