Yukon dog sledding holiday, Canada

“A tailor made trip of a lifetime, learning to be a dog musher, sledding the wilderness trails of snow covered Yukon. Just check out all the 5* reviews. Barkingly beautiful. ”

Highlights

Whitehorse | Fish Lake Valley | Jackson Lake | Copper Haul Road | MacIntyre Mountain | Kwanlin Dun First Nation Traditional Land | Stay at wilderness ranch | Full on mushing experience

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Departure information

This trip can depart any day between mid November and April
Our top tip:
Pack lightly. Just bring thermal (not cotton) layers, and hire the heavy gear from the experts on the ground.
Trip type:
Tailor made. Variable length according to experience.
Activity level:
Beginners welcome, although good fitness level required.
Accomm:
Basic, wilderness cabin.
Included:
Whitehorse transfers, accommodation, all meals, sled and huskies, helmets, boots.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room when available.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Travelling with a local operator

This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Yukon dog sledding holiday, Canada

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

The experience staged here is fittingly harmonized with this land’s history and the meeting of cultures it has made possible since the Gold Rush days. The ranch offers simple comforts without running water nor electricity. We use propane lighting; we burn wood for heat, much like the first visitors of European stock did in the late 19th century. If the rugged northern landscape of the Yukon River basin maintains much of its wilderness character today, this operation only enhances it for visitors.

Our trips are not escorted by snowmobiles or any type of motor vehicles. Snowmobiles are used only for emergencies and sometimes to haul supplies to the camp. Transportation is by dog sled and horse only. The impact on the environment is minimal in the sense that we take out everything we bring onto the land. Refuse and human waste are bagged.

Conservation officers come out regularly to monitor our activities, which are licensed by a territorial wilderness tourism regulatory body which requires us to submit annual reports on everything from the number of guides we use and their qualifications, to the number of guests we take over the land and the specific areas we visit with them throughout the year. Trip duration and type, as well as any secondary activity we might engage in while guests are with us are also reported as part of this process.

Because of the way we run our trips, the Kwanlin Dunn First Nation allows us to travel over their land for part of our journeys. We, in turn, give them access to our land. Dog sledding is an integral element of the local culture throughout Yukon. It allows travellers to look at the land through a different lens, one that engages participants in a profound manner; one that capitalizes on the ancestral relationship between humans and their domesticated canine friends.

Most of the guides are native to the area, they keep coming back to lead trips year after year because of the income, but also because of the opportunity this responsible tourism offering provides the staff and guests to help preserve a tradition that is very much part of the cultural fabric of the Yukon Territory.

4 Reviews of Yukon dog sledding holiday, Canada

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Reviewed on 02 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was all amazing! Working with the dogs was a highlight of course, they are incredible. But also the way the trip was put together; our guide was fantastic, and the whole ranch team were wonderful and really went out of their way to make things tick. The landscape just takes your breath away and makes you glad to be alive and privileged to be there.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


A reasonable level of fitness will help - expect a bit of running in snow :) Don't take too much stuff - the recommended pack list is fine.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, all of the above to some degree. It's adventure more than conservation, but done with care for the environment and with as minimal impact as can be managed.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Truly brilliant.

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Working with the dogs was my favourite part of the trip. I loved meeting all the
different dogs and getting to know their different personalities. They are such
great workers and I miss them now I am back home.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I have had surgery on my knees and the sledding did cause a bit of pain for me.
If you are fit and healthy then you should be fine and enjoy the trip. There was
no power at the lodge where I stayed but it was very enjoyable to live without
any technology for the two weeks I was there.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It definitely benefitted the dogs, all they want to do is run. It was a very environmental friendly holiday as no electricity or technology are used for the entire trip. The dogs love getting out on the trails and it's great to get out in the fresh air.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I had an amazing two weeks! If you are thinking about it, book it! Even with my dodgy knees, and that I wasn't able to do all the runs, I still had a fantastic time and want to go back. The guides were all fantastic, and had different tips and tricks for sledding. I loved the dogs and miss my team. We had terrific home cooked meals every morning and night. Every aspect of the trip was great, thanks to everyone at Sky High Wilderness Ranch!

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Alaskan Huskies!!!! The dogs are just incredible... athletic, fascinating to watch, and beautiful. Our guide Laird was fantastic as were all the other people at the ranch. This was a 'working' adventure and we did work. We started each day with breakfast, packed a sandwich and thermos, went down to the dog area, scooped poop, readied the dogs/sleds and off we went! Everyday was a new adventure. Back for late afternoon snack, clean up then dinner. The meals were made from scratch - everyone pitched in cooking and with the clean-up.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Travel light and do the layers. I purchased 'Hot Chillys' #10 thermals top and bottoms and they worked well. A pair of light weight ski pants, fleece top (thin worked for me), wool sweater, scarf, thin fleece gloves and hat. I rented their jacket/coat, sleep bag and mits. I was there in February so needed a pair of boots for going potty outside. Wear house light weight shoes for inside. Knowing how to ski/cross country would be an advantage as trails up and down and switch back. There is no power (they use propane) so no cell phones or TV.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The benefit is for the dogs. They are treated with respect and are loyal and very friendly and they do get excited :) I have fond memories of all the dogs from my team. The ranch recycles everything. The dog poop is scooped and sent to a company for recycle. Local people do work at the ranch.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I had a fabulous time. Pushed my limits. I am a back packer so I knew what the lodge was like and what my out put would be... We all worked hard but worked together. Met some very cool people. Whitehorse (was only there on arrival and departure day, is a great town. Small but perfect. The whole area in Winter is very 'white', pristine and kickback. I say, go and play and learn something new. Most people I know are just amazed that I booked this trip on the spur of the moment and went alone. I am glad I did... this has been 'one' of the best holidays I have been on... I like the 'working' vacations. My next trip maybe Cambodia teaching English...

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I would say the trip up to the trappers cabin to stay overnight as this was a pretty challenging run with the dogs but truly awesome once we got up into the mountains. Some of our group did decide to take a few of the downhill stretches trying out various "freestyle” methods of dog sledding... on knees, stomachs and backs...

Also, falling in love with at least couple of my dog team. (Gomer / Riley / Amigo / Leica / Yoda / Boomer) If I could have brought them home I would. And the food - what we were given to eat was fantastic EVERY day. Our guides looked after us both outside and in!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Expect a bit of hard work if you want to do the higher trails… but you will reap the rewards! If you are new to dog sledding as was I, try to anticipate the hills and jump off and help them a little before they grind to a halt and you will keep them moving rather than leaving it until they have pulled as far as they can...They do appreciate it!

Don't "over-pack". You need thermals etc, but don't think you need to be changing clothes every day. We took far too much and didn't use half of it. The fact is, it is pretty "sweaty" work and you just have to go with the flow. Its not a fashion parade. :) Also don’t take thick clothes...layer.

Don't be afraid... when you see a grizzled giant 7 foot tall mountain man looming toward you through the trees... that's just Ian, he owns the place. :) He's a true gent.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I would say running dogs through the mountains is very environmentally friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic. I have always wanted to try sledding and finally did. Now I just need to convince my other half to go again next winter!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for sharing your appreciation of the journey you both went on with us, and for the useful packing tips.

While this is definitely a more active kind of Canada holiday, it is still one that people of all ages who are reasonably fit can safely engage in. As you mention, participants are able to go all out if they choose or to step aside, enjoy nature, take photographs and drink tea while at camp out in the Yukon wilderness. Small groups allow individual passions to be fulfilled in a way that is rewarding for all.

Guests like you help us positively influence the importance of preserving wilderness areas and of developing Yukon tourism products that truly tap into the distinctive character of destinations.

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