After meeting the dog sled teams, at the edge of Algonquin Park, you will be given instructions on the proper technique of controlling a dog sled and a team of eager sled dogs. You will help harness the Huskies, hook them up to the dogsleds, and issue a command..."Mush"! Off you will race as the dogs strain at their harnesses, happy to be pulling a dog sled once again. After they settle down into their natural pace, you will steer them into the forests surrounding Algonquin Park, navigating twisting trails and wide open frozen lakes. On the flat parts of the trail you can relax with the wind blowing in your face, and watch the majestic winter forest silently glide by!
Here is a short video clip to show you what the dog sledding is all about!
In the evening we get to enjoy the rustic comforts of the Algonquin Eco-Lodge deep inside the forests of the Algonquin region. But first, everyone must help out with the chores. The first thing to do is look after our hard working sled dogs! This comprises of unhooking them from their dogsleds, feeding and watering them. We also have to make sure they have suitable shelter from the cold Algonquin night wind, and store our dog sleds away. We are then free to relax, go snowshoeing, or partake in our winter ritual - bathing suit "snow angels"! Then jump into the outdoor hot tub or sauna! After enjoying a gourmet home cooked meal we can sit around the old fashioned wood stove and exchanging travellers' tales and ghost stories! The wood stove and alternative power electric heaters ensure that we're all toasty warm at night.
This trip is the real thing! You get a 6-8 dog team, with only two mushers per sled. It's just the two of you, your sled, and your Huskies! We travel about 20-30 km each day along the twisting trails through Algonquin forests, covering some of the most majestic landscapes in the world. This is where the "Group Of Seven" painted some of their finest works.
This is definitely an experience every "adventurer" should try at least once. Explore our beautiful winter solitude the same way the Indians and early fur trappers did - by dogsled! This is one of the reasons so many Europeans and Americans are coming to Canada, especially Algonquin Park, during the winter months. And with departures from Toronto, it is extremely easy for you to try dogsledging, no matter where you're coming from. You can even rent winter clothing!
Read this famous poem by Robert Service to really get into the spirit of the adventure! Don't worry, the conditions aren't as harsh!
3 Day Trip (Monday - Wednesday) Includes:
We also offer Dog Sledding Daytrips near Algonquin Park. Gift Certificates are available.