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Yukon Quest Trail (10 days)

Dog Sledding

This trip begins with 3 days of training with the dog teams, based from our home cabins, followed by a dog sled trip to a cabin on the Yukon Quest Trail.

Day 1
We pick you up in Whitehorse, then drive about 45 minutes to Lake Laberge where you meet the dog teams. You will receive basic instruction on driving a dog sled, before mushing a small dog team across the lake to our home cabins and sled dog kennel. After unhooking the dogs and having a hot lunch, there is an afternoon “sled school” where you learn techniques for driving a dog sled on forest and hill trails.

Days 2 and 3
For the next two days of our sled dog adventure, we set off with our dog teams on spectacular forest and hill trails overlooking Lake Laberge. Lunch is a campfire cook-out. We return to our wilderness cabins for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 and 5
We make a dog team trip to a beautiful cabin on the Yukon Quest trail. The trip in to the cabin takes two days on the way in. We make a winter camp half way, sleeping in a wall tent heated by wood stove and cooking our meals over a campfire. We melt snow for water to make coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and to mix with the dog food. Camping with your dog team is a special way to get to know your team and learn to care for them on the trail. Our route follows the old Yukon Quest trail that was used prior to 1996. We get to the cabin on the afternoon of Day 5.

Day 6 to 7
The cabin is located on the Yukon Quest trail. We spend two days/3 nights at the cabin, mushing on the "new" Quest trail (since 1996) towards Braeburn on one day and on the Quest trail towards Frank Lake another day. The trails are a mixture of bush trail and little lakes and are a lovely way to experience the Yukon wilderness. We return to the comfort of the cabin at night. Perhaps we will be lucky enough to see the northern lights dancing over the frozen lake when we step outside.

Day 8
Today we may choose to spend an additional day at the cabin, resting and enjoying the outstanding scenery OR we may hitch up the dog teams to begin our trip back to our home cabins at Lake Laberge. If we begin the dog sled trip back home, we will stay overnight once again at our wall tent camp. If we spend the extra day resting at the cabin, then we will plan to make the 40 mile (60 km) journey back to home all in one day on Day 9. The decision will be based on trail and weather conditions, group abilities and preferences, and whether there are any reasons that it would be better for the dogs one way or the other.

Day 9
On Day 9, we will plan to arrive back at the home cabins, either mushing from our wall tent camp or coming all the way from the cabin if trail conditions are fast. We can enjoy a home-cooked supper and "tales of the trail" around the dining room table in the main house once we return.

Day 10
After breakfast, we return by dog team across Lake Laberge to meet the van/truck that takes you back to Whitehorse.

Please Note With All Itineraries: Since safety of people and dogs comes first, we reserve the right to revise the itinerary based on weather conditions, trail conditions, condition people and dogs, or any other circumstance that we believe could affect the safety of people and/or dogs.

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