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 where you can stand under a clear night sky, gazing up at the Northern lights as they danced across a backdrop of stars. 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.