4 independent reviews for Yukon dog sledding holiday, Canada

Reviews for Yukon dog sledding holiday, Canada

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review 2 Jan 2018

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.

review 18 Mar 2014

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!

review 7 Apr 2011

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...

review 12 Apr 2010

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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