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A truly amazing experience: I have been back for three weeks now, but I still dream about it! - Dog Sledding Holiday in Yukon

By Alessandra Badino, UK

2009-02-10

What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

A very difficult task to single out a moment of so many amazing memories of my 15 days in the Yukon wilderness! The trip to Bonneville Lakes does stand out as one of the best places I visited during my stay.

I trailed to the lakes twice during my stay and I found each time completely different due to the changing weather conditions: the first time we mushed through powdery deep snow, totally immersed in a white landscape; whilst the second time the sun had warmed up the environment making us trail over ice and overflow water in a clear blue sky.

The bond that generated with both the people and the dogs at the ranch is also something I carry in my heart as a very sweet memory.

What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

First of all I would recommend considering carefully the time at which you travel: if you go early in the year (Jan, Feb) you are in for experiencing true arctic weather, with lots of snow but also pretty fiercely cold temperatures at times that may shorten your trips out with the dogs (and your trips to the outhouse pretty challenging!); if you go later in the year (March, April), conditions will be milder and you will enjoy daylight for longer, but you may find some trails are not accessible because of the lack of snow.

Secondly, I would strongly recommend booking your flight legs with the same airline, which would help in case of flight delays or cancellations.

Finally, as there are generally many different combinations of trips on offer, make sure that you are clear about the trip itinerary that you have booked.

Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I felt that all the people working at the ranch had a very high consideration for the impact their activity has on the environment. All the rubbish was packed and brought back to the main lodge to be dutifully disposed of or recycled where possible. All supplies during the trips in the wilderness were carried with our sleds, so skidoos/truck use was reduced to a bare minimum.

Tourism is an important element in the local economy, especially during the cold winter months and all tour guides and people employed at the ranch are from the local area.

Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A truly amazing experience: I have been back for three weeks now, but I still dream about it! All the guides, and especially our guide Keri, have made us feel extremely welcome and in experienced hands for the whole duration of the trip, trying in all possible ways to attend to our needs.



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