There are a few things you should know before you go dogsledding. Although you’ll be tucked into the sled most of the time, you’ll still get cold if you don’t dress appropriately. Wear a snowsuit, winter jacket or snow pants, just like you would if you’re going skiing or snowboarding. Since you’ll be rushing through snow-covered terrain, goggles are a good idea, as well as winter gloves, winter boots and a hat or earmuffs.
Dogsleds can accommodate two people and one small child per sled, with a maximum weight restriction of 350 pounds.
Dogsleds usually have six to eight dogs pulling. You can sit back and relax, or if you’re up for it you’ll get the chance to try driving the team yourself! Help hook the dogs up to the sled before setting off, and learn the commands and how to handle the sled on this unforgettable adventure.
Dogsledding originated about 4,000 years ago, and life in the north wouldn’t have been possible without sled dogs to get people and supplies across the snowy landscape.
These dogs are born and bred to pull sleds – they love it, and their excitement is plain for all to see when their musher hooks them up to the gang-lines. Sled dogs can withstand the cold temperatures that come with this job, and have the endurance to pull sleds up to 130 kilometres a day.
Travelling across snow-covered landscape by dogsled – it doesn’t get any more Canadian than that!
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