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Departures

  • Dec 12, 2015 - Apr 2, 2016

Day 1 Wednesday

We'll meet you at your hotel at 9:00 am. After a preliminary gear check, we'll load up for the short drive to picturesque Fish Lake, located just south west of Whitehorse. Upon arrival move into your cozy room in the main lodge. Then head over to the Yurt for lunch and orientation before heading out on the trail. Not quite dressed for a Yukon winter? No problem, we can assist with winter outerwear rental, so you can stay warm
and comfortable throughout your stay. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the main Lodge, followed by a safety briefing and introduction to the snow machines. The balance of the day is spent exploring the trails in the area. A wonderful dinner awaits your return and if you’re lucky, a chance to see the Northern Lights, as they
dance across the sky (L,D)

Day 2 Thursday

Wake up in time for a hearty breakfast, served at 9:00 am in the Main Lodge. At 10:00 am, meet your guide to start your morning snowmobile tour around Fish Lake. Return to the Yurt Basecamp for lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring a new trail before finishing in time for a Yukon style dinner in the lodge. The rest of the evening is yours to spend cozied up to a fire, relaxing, reading a book, or sharing stories about your day. Don't forget to look outside occasionally, perhaps the magical Aurora will make another appearance
tonight? Overnight at lodge (B,L,D)

Day 3 Friday

Our final snowmobile day begins with breakfast in the Main Lodge. Be ready to ride by 10:00 am because we're spending our entire last day out on the trail! Are you feeling like a Yukoner yet? Now that you're a seasoned snowmobile operator, we'll explore some new terrain today as the group travels through the boreal forest and subalpine terrain. Make sure you've got your camera with you because the views are breathtaking! A hearty northern lunch will be served on the trail. Enjoy a hot lunch on the trail and at the end. Back to the lodge for dinner and the night . (B,L,D)

Day 4 Saturday


Now experience traditional travel by dog sled! Enjoy a hot breakfast and then be introduced to your 4 legged companions for the tour. Now you learn the basics of; dog care, checking their feet and shoulders,dog massage, sledding and parts of the sled. Harness your team, hook up and go for your very first run! Take in the untouched beauty of the northern wilderness. Lunch on the trail. A the end of the day after taking care of the dogs, cleaning and feeding, we can enjoy the sauna, have a shower, hot dinner and cozy
up by the fire. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Sunday

While the morning sun lifts slowly over the magnificent horizon, we say good morning to our new canine friends and ensure they are fed, watered and happy. Then we sit in the comfort of our lodge dining room having breakfast and plan our day. Today we cover approx 35km in distance driving towards secluded Jackson Lake. The only sound will be the runners in the snow, the working dogs, and your words of encouragement. This is the day that you begin to know each dog's personality and form a bond that only man and dog can understand. With every stop, praise and show of affection for your dogs, they will learn to
trust you and you to trust them. Relax in our sod roof sauna before retiring for the night. Overnight at the Ranch. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Monday


Today your team will pull you east of the ranch. As we climb in elevation we are heading onto an old abandoned mining road on McIntyre Mountain. Enjoy the rugged landscape of the coastal mountains nestling Fish Lake in it's valley. Keep an eye out for wildlife - you never know what you might see! Return to the lodge for the night. Take care of the dogs, then curl up by the fire or sit around the dinner table recounting your adventures with others. There is a gravity fed shower waiting for you in the main lodge.
(B,L,D)

Day 7 Tuesday

This day takes us towards beautiful Bonneville Lakes, west of the ranch. The trails are narrower here with some challenging ups and downs. The scenery is breathtaking and the coastal mountains are always in view to the south and west. Part of the trip we are above tree line and easily cover 20-30km. A breath of new life will creep slowly into your soul and in harmony with the running rhythm of your team you will enjoy nature like you have never experienced it before. Take it all in and these memories will go with you as you continue your journey home. In late afternoon we drive you to Whitehorse where you spend your last night at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn. Here you will receive your musher's diploma. (B,L)

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