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Dog sledding tours in the Yukon


Experience this traditional mode of winter travel on a dogsledding expedition in the Yukon. Enjoy a northern home-style welcome as you travel by dog team through spectacular Yukon wilderness. Feel the thrill of being pulled by your own team of enthusiastic husky dogs. These dog sled tours offer you a chance to start at the basics and learn to drive and care for a dog team. Many of these trips base out of a wilderness home and cabin at Lake Laberge. You go out with the dog teams on spectacular trails during the day, and return to the home cabins for supper and overnight. You may also wish to try a winter dog team camp-out, staying in a trapper-style wall tent heated by wood stove. Or you may wish to join an expedition to a cabin on the Yukon Quest trail. 

You will learn all the basics as you drive your own dog team through the forest trails. Mushing involves learning basic techniques for steering and controlling the sled, observing the dogs, and helping them do their jobs. Sometimes, you will stand on the sled enjoying the scenery and steering by weight shift or putting one foot in the snow. Other times, you will help the dogs by pumping with one foot or walking or running up a hill behind them. 

If you don't have much time but want to experience an unique getaway than the 3 day weekend tour is an excellent option. 

For something a bit longer the 5 day  cabin-based dog sled trips offer a home-style Yukon welcome and dog mushing instruction for guests who like to start small and progress at their own pace. You will learn how to harness the dogs and drive a dog team, first on easy trails, then progressing to more challenging trails as your skills increase. 

The 7-day mushing adventure allows you to explore more of the spectacular Yukon wilderness by dog team, returning to a cozy home cabin each night or combining the cabin with an overnight dog team camping trip, staying in a wall tent heated by wood stove on the trail.

The ultimate tour is the 10 day expedition on the Yukon Quest Trail. This trip begins with 3 days of training with the dog teams, based from the home cabins, followed by a two day tent camping dog sled trip to a cabin on the famous Yukon Quest Trail. Several days are spent at this cabin before returning to the main home cabins.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Dog Sledding
SEASON

December to April

DIFFICULTY
Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
8
GUIDE INFORMATION

After 29 years of living year-round in the Yukon wilderness and more than 35 years of guiding wilderness trips, your guides have traveled thousands of miles in the Yukon wilderness by foot, dog sled, canoe, boat, and snowmobile; camping, guiding, long distance sled dog racing, and hauling supplies to their wilderness home. They are fully licensed and experienced in winter outdoor travel. Your guide's dog teams have been entered in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race each year since 1988.

RESTRICTIONS
Not Applicable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag and pad.

Comments: Guests should be in good health, but don't need to be "super athletes." It is our goal to adjust our trips to individual abilities and comfort levels.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Whitehorse, Yukon.  Whitehorse is accessible by air from Vancouver or Calgary on Air North or Air Canada.

WEATHER

Winter temperatures can reach -30 or -40 degrees celsius, but average temperatures will range between -20 to -5.  February and March have the mildest temperatures and longer daylight hours.

REGION
Southern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

All camping gear and equipped dog sleds.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Warm winter clothing suited to cold temperatures (parkas, snow pants, boots and mitts), long underwear, wool socks, wool hat, sweaters, long pants, extra footwear, personal towels.  Some winter clothing  can be rented, but limited sizes available.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, day pack, sunglasses.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodation varies with time of year, weather conditions and individual trip itinerary.  May be in heated wall tents, remote cabins or cabins at the main lodge.  

Accommodations are simple wilderness living at our homestead.  The base lodge is 10 km from the nearest road, so guests arrive and leave in the winter by dog sled or snow mobile.  

The cabins are log cabins with wood stoves. In each cabin, there is a jug of cold well water for drinking and another jug of heated creek water for washing.  There are no showers on site.  Toilets are clean outhouses set back in the trees near each cabin.  This facility is for people looking for simple living, and cozy cabins in a beautiful setting. 

There is ability to charge camera batteries from the generator at our family’s house.  The cabins have lights operated from a 12-volt battery system.   Meals at the cabins would be inside our kitchen cabin. 

The 5 and 7 day trips offer an opportunity to spend one night out on the trail in a winter tent camp. 

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals included while on the tour. Special diets can be accommodated with advanced notice.

3 day tour, available January - mid April
$1055.00 / per person - CAD
Fridays to Mondays. Single person.

$960.00 / per person - CAD
Fridays to Mondays. Group of 2.
5 day tour, available January - April
$1710.00 / per person - CAD
Single person. Custom dates from January to early April.

$1545.00 / per person - CAD
Group of two. Custom dates from January to early April.
7 day tour, available January - early April
$2665.00 / per person - CAD
Single person.Jan 8-14, Jan 15-21, Jan 22-28, Jan 29-Feb 4, Feb: 5-11, Feb 12-18, Feb 19-25, Feb 26-Mar 4, Mar 5-11, Mar 12-18, Mar 19-25, Mar 26-Apr 1, Apr 2-8, 2017.

$2395.00 / per person - CAD
Group of two. Jan 8-14, Jan 15-21, Jan 22-28, Jan 29-Feb 4, Feb: 5-11, Feb 12-18, Feb 19-25, Feb 26-Mar 4, Mar 5-11, Mar 12-18, Mar 19-25, Mar 26-Apr 1, Apr 2-8, 2017.
10 day tour, available February - March
$4000.00 / per person - CAD
Yukon Quest Trail. Custom dates available in February and March.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 25% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Deposit non-refundable. Balance due 30 days prior to the trip and non-refundable but transferrable to another date.

3 day tour, available January - mid April

Day 1

Friday night arrive in Whitehorse. Overnight in a Whitehorse hotel (included in trip price).

Day 2

Saturday: We pick you up in Whitehorse, then drive about 45 minutes to Lake Laberge where you meet the dog teams. After basic instruction on driving a dog sled, we will head out on the lake with the dog teams. We will stop for a campfire lunch on the way home. Overnight is at our wilderness cabins

OR

you can try winter camping in a trapper-style wall tent heated by wood stove.

Day 3

Sunday: Another day of dog sledding on spectacular trails, with a campfire picnic lunch! Overnight in cabins or heated wall tent.

Day 4

Monday: Return by dog team across the lake after breakfast. Transfer to Whitehorse airport in time for afternoon flights. 

5 day tour, available January - April

Day 1

We pick you up in Whitehorse, Yukon, then drive about 45 minutes to Lake Laberge where we meet the dog teams. Guests receive basic instruction on how to drive a dog sled, before mushing a small dog team across the lake to our wilderness cabins and sled dog kennel. After unhooking the dogs and eating a hot lunch, we hold an afternoon “sled school” where you learn techniques for driving a dog team on forest and hill trails.

Day 2

On Day 2 of your dog sled adventure, we set off with our dog teams on spectacular forest and hill trails overlooking Lake Laberge. Lunch is a campfire cook-out. Return to the home cabins for dinner and overnight. (Approximately 4 hours on the trail.)

Day 3

Day 3 and 4
You will explore beautiful trails by dog team, while continuing to build a connection with your dogs and improve your mushing skills. 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.)

In the evenings, we visit around the dining room table, or you can watch dog mushing videos, spend time at your own cabin, or assist with the evening dog feeding.

Day 5

On the return day, you have some free time in the morning to enjoy the wilderness setting before we hook up the dog teams and mush back across the lake to meet the van/truck that returns you to Whitehorse. 

7 day tour, available January - early April

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

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.

Day 5

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.)

Or

(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. 

10 day tour, available February - March

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 our home cabins and sled dog kennel. After unhooking the dogs and having a hot lunch, there is an afternoon “sled school” where you learn techniques for driving a dog sled on forest and hill trails.

Day 2

Days 2 and 3
For the next two days of our sled dog adventure, we set off with our dog teams on spectacular forest and hill trails overlooking Lake Laberge. Lunch is a campfire cook-out. We return to our wilderness cabins for dinner and overnight. 

Day 4

Day 4 and 5
We make a dog team trip to a beautiful cabin on the Yukon Quest trail. The trip in to the cabin takes two days on the way in. We make a winter camp half way, sleeping in a wall tent heated by wood stove and cooking our meals over a campfire. We melt snow for water to make coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and to mix with the dog food. Camping with your dog team is a special way to get to know your team and learn to care for them on the trail. Our route follows the old Yukon Quest trail that was used prior to 1996. We get to the cabin on the afternoon of Day 5.

 

Day 6

Day 6 to 7
The cabin is located on the Yukon Quest trail. We spend two days/3 nights at the cabin, mushing on the "new" Quest trail (since 1996) towards Braeburn on one day and on the Quest trail towards Frank Lake another day. The trails are a mixture of bush trail and little lakes and are a lovely way to experience the Yukon wilderness. We return to the comfort of the cabin at night. Perhaps we will be lucky enough to see the northern lights dancing over the frozen lake when we step outside.

Day 8

Today we may choose to spend an additional day at the cabin, resting and enjoying the outstanding scenery OR we may hitch up the dog teams to begin our trip back to our home cabins at Lake Laberge. If we begin the dog sled trip back home, we will stay overnight once again at our wall tent camp. If we spend the extra day resting at the cabin, then we will plan to make the 40 mile (60 km) journey back to home all in one day on Day 9. The decision will be based on trail and weather conditions, group abilities and preferences, and whether there are any reasons that it would be better for the dogs one way or the other. 

Day 9

On Day 9, we will plan to arrive back at the home cabins, either mushing from our wall tent camp or coming all the way from the cabin if trail conditions are fast. We can enjoy a home-cooked supper and "tales of the trail" around the dining room table in the main house once we return.

Day 10

After breakfast, we return by dog team across Lake Laberge to meet the van/truck that takes you back to Whitehorse.