Finding winter activities to enjoy with your family, especially a young family, can be tricky. Have you considered dog sledding?
Enjoy the remote winter outback, trails banked by metres of snow, trees covered with pristine powder, it’s like a Christmas card winter scene. Dog sledding is a magical experience, creating memories for your children to draw from for the rest of their lives. Whistler Sled Dog Company exposes families to the beauty of winter landscapes, the love of dogs and the thrill of driving their own dog sled team.
Whistler Sled Dog Company is a non-profit organization that gives the public a taste of a rarely used transportation mode. This company prides itself on having their dogs work to support other dogs. Using only Alaskan Huskies, a dog that is bred to work hard, have a lighter coat and are extremely affectionate with people and other dogs, the guests are encouraged to get to know their team with petting, verbal acknowledgements and harnessing the dogs to the sled. Our dog team greeted us, including my toddlers, with gentle affection and were ecstatic in anticipation of getting out on the trail. After participating in a demonstration and practise led by qualified guides, the guests are encouraged to drive their own sled. You have the option of driving a sled by yourself, with a guide, or just relax as a passenger in the sled, enjoying the stunning scenery.
Be sure to dress warmly when dog sledding. Bring your toques, gloves, boots, jacket and snow pants. If you still get cold, just bundle yourself up in the warm protective blankets they provide in the sled.
The Whistler Sled Dog Company offers their sled dog tour in the stunning Soo Valley. There is plenty of time before the trek for personal photo opportunities. The Whistler Sled Dog Company will also take professional photos of you and your group before and during the sled dog excursion. The track follows the winding Soo River, edging the base of the steep valley cliffs. After the 10 km journey you are treated to hot chocolate and cookies by a warm wood burning stove.
To access the tours you can call or email for a reservation. Their Whistler Village location is at the Whistler Square across from the Whistler Convention Centre. From there they shuttle you to their base camp. Per tripadvisor.ca, the Whistler Sled Dog Company ranks 4th of 35 things to do in Whistler, so don’t miss out. Booking a tour with the Whistler Dog Sled Company will create unforgettable memories for you and your family.