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Dog sledding ranch in the Yukon


Imagine dog sledding across a frozen river topped with untouched snow on a perfectly clear winter day in the Yukon. This experience is a must for any dog enthusiasts or winter adventurer. Dogsledding  has a profound effect on the human soul. You are surrounded by low-lying mountain ranges where the only sound you hear is your dog team, running at a modest pace as they love to do, and perhaps the call of an eagle or a raven nearby.

Specifically designed for beginners, this ranch is modeled on the well-known western concept of a "Dude Ranch" for novice horse riders. Even if you have never set foot on a dog-sled before you will be driving your own team before you leave. 

On this tour guests experience all aspects of the amazing winter sport of dog sledding, including learning how to care for sled dog,  harnessing and "booting" dogs,  handling a dog sled & motivating a dog sled team. All the dogs are Alaskan Huskies and all of them are racing stock for long-distance competitive racing. Most of the dogs have been bred and born at the kennels.  Some of the dogs are Yukon Quest veterans, others are race hopefuls in their 1st or 2nd year of training.

For the more adventurous there is the 7 day expedition which is a combination of some time at the ranch and some time camping on the trail. Out on the trail there are Snowtrekker tents complete with a small stove or you can rough it and try "cold camping" on your sled just like Yukon Quest mushers! Spectacular Mountains, the sound of your dogs panting and snow crunching under their feet. Breathtaking doesn't begin to describe the feeling as you mush through the vastness and beauty of the Yukon's wilderness.

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

December to March

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
6
GUIDE INFORMATION

All tours include a well-trained, certified guide and a team of 4 to 6 friendly huskies. The guides are all experienced in backcountry winter survival, first aid and dog handling. The senior guides have many years of wilderness experience including mushing and guiding. They have Food Safe and Wilderness First Aid certification. The kennels has a Wilderness Tourism License and all appropriate insurance.

RESTRICTIONS
Not Applicable
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Under typical conditions, each guest drives a 6- to 8-dog team, while the guides drive 8-10 dogs or ride on a snowmobile (for safety and security). All our week-long trips feature one person per sled unless otherwise requested/specified. As our dogs are exceptionally strong, we try to determine the ideal size team for each individual client. Clients are able, if they want, to try driving a larger team. As we have an emphasis on learning adventures, we want people to be able to try new things and test their own limits, if they want to.

TRANSPORTATION

The kennels are located about 24 km (15 miles) from downtown Whitehorse on the banks of the Takhini River. Directions provided upon booking. Pick up in Whitehorse can be arranged.

WEATHER

Average temperatures at this time of winter are between -2° and - 24° Celsius / 28 to -31 degrees Fahrenheit, but extremes may be as low as -45° Celsius / -50 Fahrenheit. 

REGION
Southern Yukon
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

All dogsledding equipment, camping gear.  Winter gear (jacket, snow pants, warm boots, mitts) available.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Adequate winter clothing to withstand the winter temperatures are required. While we can provide you with parkas and boots, you will likely be more comfortable with your own inner clothing; fleece liners, long underwear, sweaters, socks, hats, mitts, etc. A full packing list will be provided upon booking.  You may buy winter clothing in Whitehorse.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations at the local ranch. The ranch offers accommodations in the main lodge as well as in cozy, rustic cabins.  These are traditional Yukon style cabins. They are very comfortable and clean with furnishing, linen, limited cooking facilities and propane heaters. There is no electricity and running water in the cabins, but the lodge close by has showers, a sauna and WiFi internet access.  

The guest room is in the main lodge on the upper level. This is the perfect room for a couple with a large bed and a view of the river. This room is ideal for people who want to enjoy a Yukon lifestyle but with modern comforts. This room has a double bed with bathroom.  This is an eco-friendly ranch with solar power, well water, organic greenhouse and a recycling/composting program.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

The ranch offers healthy, hearty home cooking, with organic vegetables, some wild game and local fish. They can provide vegetarian meals as well as accommodate dietary requirements. 

7 day tour, available December - March
$1949.00 / per person - CAD
2018 dates: Feb 25-March 3, Mar 11-17.
8 day tour, available January - March
$2599.00 / per person - CAD
Ranch and camping. 2018 dates: Jan 21-28, Jan 28-Feb 4, Mar 4-11, Mar 18-25.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
A deposit of 50% is required for all tours. 30 day cancellation policy.

7 day tour, available December - March

Day 1

Arrive for 4pm check-in Sunday. Get acquainted with our Off-grid lifestyle, and your accommodations for the week. Join our international crew for a home cooked healthy dinner and settle in for what will be an exciting week of dog-sledding in Canada’s true North.

Day 2

Enjoy continental breakfast from 7:30 am to 9:00 am in the Main Lodge. Meet your guide and sign out your gear for the week. Let’s not waste any more time and introduce you to our family of huskies and your dog-team for your trip. Take a break for lunch followed by your first half day dog sledding trip.

Day 3

Prepare for another day on the trail, this time a full day trip. Enjoy lunch on the trail around a camp fire. Learn about Klondike Gold Rush history and Yukon Quest history and involvement. Share stories and continue to learn about your team and what it takes to motivate one.

Day 4

Your choice day, mushing can be tiring. Choose from a selection of activities to compliment your package: half-day dog sledding and ice-fishing, snow shoeing, hike and walk along the ridge of Muktuk overlooking the Ibex Valley and Takhini River, participate in a Whitehorse City Tour. We can help arrange a day for the Wildlife Preserve and Hot Springs for an additional fee of $50 pp + GST. Or a snowmobile adventure for an additional fee of $150 pp + GST (snowmobiling price based on shared sled).

Day 5

Another full day dog sled adventure on yet another scenic trail. Continue your progress as a musher and develop your bond with your dog team.

Day 6

After now mushing for several days and developing your skills, take it to our technical trails in the bush surrounding the ranch. Enjoy a special farewell dinner featuring our Taste of the Yukon bountiful meal. Finally, your guide will present to you your completion certificate.

Day 7

Give your farewells to the dogs and prepare for checkout 11am.  Transfer to the airport or to your hotel in town if you choose to explore Whitehorse a bit longer.