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Cabin-based Dog Sledding (7 days)

Dog Sledding

Our cabin-based dog sled trips offer a home-style Yukon welcome and dog mushing instruction. You start at the basics and progress at your own rate so this trip is enjoyable for both beginners and those who have already been mushing. You will learn how to harness the dogs and drive a dog team, first with small teams on easier trails, advancing to more challenging runs as your skills increase.

On this 7-day mushing adventure you will explore spectacular Yukon wilderness by dog team, returning to our cozy home cabins each night. Or include an overnight dog team camping trip, staying in a wall tent heated by wood stove.

Day 1
We pick you up in Whitehorse, then drive about 45 minutes to Lake Laberge where you meet the dog teams. You will receive basic instruction on driving a dog sled, before mushing a small dog team across the lake to the home cabins. After unhooking the dogs and having a hot lunch, there is an afternoon “sled school”. You learn techniques for driving a dog sled on forest and hill trails as well as how to be a good partner to your team.

Day 2
Today is your first taste of "bush-trail" mushing. We set off with small teams as you try out the mushing techniques learned on Day 1 and get the feel of working with your team. Lunch is a campfire cook-out. Return to the home cabins for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 and 4
Travel new trails each day as you improve your mushing skills and build a connection with your dogs. We stop for a campfire cook-out or picnic lunch part-way. About 5 to 6 hours per day on the trail. (Note: time estimates are approximate.) Dinner and overnight at the home cabins.

Days 5 and 6
(Winter Camp-Out Option) We pack up the sleds and head out for an overnight dog team camp-out - a wonderful way to spend time on the trail with your team. We cook outside over a campfire and melt snow to make water for the dogs and people. Sitting around the campfire and doing the evening chores is an excellent way to view the night sky, perhaps including the northern lights if we are lucky. For overnight, we stay in a trapper-style wall tent or Arctic Oven tent heated by a wood stove. In the morning, we cook our breakfast and heat water for the dogs over the campfire. After feeding dogs, packing up camp, and getting the teams ready, we mush back to the home cabins. (Please request ahead of time if you are interested in this option.)


(Home-based Option)
Continue to base out of the home cabins for mushing in the day, returning to a home-cooked supper and a comfortable bed in the cozy home cabins for overnight.

Day 7
There is time for enjoying the wilderness setting, taking pictures, and spending time with some favourite dogs before we hook up the dog teams one last time. We will mush the dog teams back across Lake Laberge to meet the truck/van that takes you back to Whitehorse. Overnight in a Whitehorse hotel is included, with airport shuttle available in the morning.

Please Note With All Itineraries: Since safety of people and dogs comes first, we reserve the right to revise the itinerary based on weather conditions, trail conditions, condition people and dogs, or any other circumstance that we believe could affect the safety of people and/or dogs.

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