Dog Sledding in Whistler

By: Wolfgang Jaegel

Located just two hours drive from Vancouver along the majestic coastal peaks of the Western Canada is Whistler - a four-season holiday spot blending ski resort charm with most modern facilities. Nestled between the much famed mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb - this mountain town has been consistently rated the number one ski resort in North America by Skiing Magazine.

Among the summer activities that can be enjoyed in Whistler are golf, fishing, canoeing, bungee jumping, cruising, sightseeing, and more. In winter, Whistler truly becomes an amazing snow land, offering superb options to enjoy a host of activities including cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ziplining, cat skiing and boarding, ecotouring, and helicopter sightseeing tours.

Apart from these scores of activities, a not to miss winter activity during your stay in Whistler is dog sledding. Dog sledding in Whistler dates back to centuries ago when dog sleds were used as one of the main transportation means during winter in North Canada.

During this period, it was used to carry both mail and other supplies to inaccessible outposts. Even several mines used mushers and dog sleds to transport supplies to the miners in the region. Al though, dog sledding as a mode of transport was later replaced by snowmobiling, many communities still use it as a mode of transport in Northern Canada. But, dog sledding is now much preferred as a fun-filled recreation activity rather than a transportation mode.

Dog sledding in Whistler is a great way to explore the spectacular beauty of the place. In other words, this activity would be great for those who love to discover the pristine wilderness of the place with the companionship of cute dogs and puppies. A dog sled via the untouched winter wilderness would be an amazing experience and takes you to the incredible spots in Whistler backcountry.

Mostly, these sleds are powered by Alaskan Racing Huskies - a dog breed especially designed for racing as well as touring. A cross breed of greyhound and husky, Alaskan Racing Huskies are usually in the range 50 lb range. Due to its small, less fluffy features, these breeds are manageable, and possess far-fetched speed, strength, and stamina. Above all, Alaskan Racing Huskies are unbelievably friendly and approachable.

Whistler boasts of a great number of spots for an enjoyable dog sledding. For instance, Soo Valley - a unique as well as magnificent wildness refuge blessed with a variety of plant and animal species - serves as an excellent base for a memorable dog sledding in Whistler.

Soo Valley is just 20 minutes north of Whistler. For those looking for a unique dog sled activity in Whistler, then head to Cougar Mountain, which is truly a fantastic snowy paradise amid breathtaking mountainous forests. A special camp, exclusively for dog sledding, is arranged here for a unique experience during summer.

Mostly, the sleds are driven by a group of 5-6 musher dogs, which include in it leader dogs, wheel dog, point dog, and swing dog. Each of the dog sleds available in Whistler can accommodate two full size adults plus one child. However, if you want to have a thrilling experience, then you can be the musher and drive the sled, provided weather as well as trail conditions is favorable.

Depending upon your requirements, different types of dog sleds can be choose from in Whistler, such as, basket sleds, toboggan sleds, and raised toboggan sleds. The traditional type of sled - Basket sleds are made of wood, and are designed in such a way that the basket does not drag in the snow even when trail is covered with powdered snow.

In toboggan sled, it consists of cargo bed made of wood slats. A specialty of this type of sled is that it can ride easily through deep unpacked snow area. A hybrid of basket and toboggan sleds, raised toboggan provides the benefits of both the models in one functional, rugged model.

With an array of dog sled providers in Whistler, you can enjoy comfortable as well as thrilling dog sledding in the area and that too with the help of expert guides. Many of them provide services in the form of affordable packages inclusive of drink, snacks, and snow boots. Nowadays, many hotels and resorts have also now come forward to provide excellent dog sledding facilities, along with superb accommodation and sumptuous dining options.

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