Discover Dog Sled Travels – 4 Days (Customizable)
Activity Level 4/8
Duration 4 days
Distance 105 km
Go a step beyond the ordinary and discover Yukon’s backcountry with your own team of huskies. This four-day, 105 km tour includes three days in the wilderness and two nights camping in a cozy wood-heated tent. All warm, top-of-the-line camping gear is provided. On Day 1, you’ll be introduced to the basics of mushing dogs and taking care of them before venturing into Yukon’s backcountry on our expedition. Experience mushing your team across stunning alpine lakes and valleys and enjoy evenings beside a warm campfire, learning about dog sledding history, geology of the glacial landscape and winter survival. In Yukon’s backcountry, there is a good chance of seeing caribou and other wildlife, as well as northern lights. This journey will give you a taste for Yukon’s wilderness, and leave you wanting more!
* Add an extra day or two to make an extended journey.
Introduction to dog sledding and first ride
Welcome to Whitehorse! After meeting you at your hotel in the morning, we’ll get you sized up in our rental gear and do a quick check of your personal gear. Then it’s up to the ranch to meet your dog team. Your guide will teach you the art of driving your sled as well as how to harness and set up the dogs. After lunch, we’ll go out on our first ride, covering about 20 km in the various valleys of Fish Lake area. When we return, you’ll learn how to prepare food and feed your team (the perfect way to bond with dogs). Then we’ll prepare the gear for our three-day expedition. Dinner at the ranch will include local wild game or fish and discussion on the history of dog mushing in the Yukon in the evening. We then drive your back to your hotel for a free evening to explore Whitehorse at your leisure.
Leaving civilization for Yukon’s backcountry
After a last gear check, we’ll pack the sleds and head out for our three-day expedition. On our first day, we’ll travel 23 km across a beautiful mountain lake and steep-sided valley to reach our camp, where we’ll spend two nights. At camp, with the help of your guide, you’ll learn the dog care camp routine (including feeding, preparing straw bedding, and putting on dog coats). This helps to further your bond with the team. Then it’s time to gather firewood and put up the tents for our comfortable winter camp.
Your guide will cook dinner on a campfire, serving delicious wild game meat or fish with unique local flavours. Warmed by the fire, your guide will captivate you with fascinating facts about sled dogs’ abilities and the origin of the unique glacial landforms, to be seen the day after. If the sky is clear, we can walk five minutes to a great observation point and look for northern lights*, also called aurora borealis.
The night will be spent in a warm, wood-heated tent with top-of-the-line camping equipment to ensure your comfort.
Travel above the treeline of a glacial alpine valley
After a quick but hearty breakfast we’ll get the dogs ready for the day and pack a lunch to take on the trail. Today we travel into a wide glacial valley surrounded by peaks reaching 2100m. Keep an eye out as the alpine open valley is home to woodland caribou, the Ibex herd. You’ll also get to examine and learn more about the unique glacial landforms your guide told you about the previous evening.
When we get back to camp, most of the setup work is already done! We will feed and care for the dogs before enjoying a hot beverage by campfire. After another delicious dinner you have the option of taking part in a winter survival workshop. We will once again keep an eye on the sky for northern lights before falling asleep in our warm, wood-heated tent.
Dog sled back to ranch
After feeding the dogs and enjoying a relax Canadian-style breakfast, we’ll work as a team to dismantle camp. We’ll follow new trails back to the ranch, travelling 26 km with spectacular views of Fish Lake.
When we’ll arrive back at the ranch, we’ll first reward the dogs for their hard work and then sit by a warm fire place for a warm beverage or beer. We’ll then drive you to your hotel in Whitehorse, where you can enjoy a hot shower in your cozy room and a celebratory group dinner with your guide.
* The presence of northern nights cannot be guaranteed
Note: The itinerary may vary according trail and weather conditions as well as guests’ fitness levels.
From December to April
4 Days: $1675 CAD + GST
Hotel (2 nights), Wood heated tent (2 nights)
Items included in the tour priceItems that are included in the cost of tour price.
- Meals at the ranch (Lunch and Dinner)
- All accommodation during the tour
- 2 nights in hotel in Whitehorse
- 2 nights in a warm wood heated tent
- All dog sledding supply: sleds, dog food, harness
- Guiding services
- An exclusive dog team (4 to 6 dogs)
- Cultural activities fees: Dog sledding history, Natural history of the Yukon, and visit to Takhini hot springs, or else
- Transportation (20 min from town)