Yukon’s Touch of Winter

009717 - W20

On this winter wilderness tour you learn the art of being a musher! Learn about dog sledding and care of the Husky sled dogs, then go for two tours with your dog team, with only the sound of the runners in the snow, the working dogs and your words of encouragement. This is the day that you begin to know each dog’s personality and form a bond that only man and dog can understand.

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Highlights
  • Learn the basics of dog sledding including care of the Husky dogs
  • Drive your own dog sled team including a 35km trip towards secluded Jackson Lake
  • Relax after a day of mushing in the sod-roof sauna
  • Snowshoe in the silence of the wilderness
  • Opportunity for Aurora viewing, weather permitting
Details
Group Size: max. 6

2018-2019 Departures:
Wednesdays, December 05, 2018 to March 27, 2019

2018-2019 Pricing:
CA$1,155 – twin
Taxes:  5% GST

Prices are shown as starting from prices, per person, in CA$, based on two people sharing a twin room.

Tour Code:
009717 - W20

Itinerary
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Day 1, Wednesday or Saturday – Whitehorse - Ranch

The morning on the day of your tour you will be picked up at 10AM in the hotel lobby. As a group we will do some last minute shopping and pick up any items missing from the packing list. Afterwards we drive to the Sky High Wilderness Ranch, 20km South of Whitehorse where we outfit you with your expedition clothing. Enjoy a light lunch and then be introduced to your 4 legged companions for the tour. Now you learn the basics of; dog care, checking their feet and shoulders, dog massage, sledding and parts of the sled. Harness your team, hook up and go for your very first run! After taking care of the dogs you can enjoy the sauna, have a hot dinner and cozy up by the fire.(L,D)

Sky High Wilderness Ranch is your chance to get out and experience the beautiful wilderness that is the Yukon! There’s no better way to ease the stresses of everyday than to switch off those mobile phones and soak in nature’s beauty. We have limited cell service, so put an ‘out of office’ reply on your emails and forward your phone to voicemail, you’re going to spend some time getting down and dirty with nature! Our Ranch is located on the shores of Fish Lake and is surrounded by majestic mountains that are waiting to be explored by you behind your team of trusted huskies. We have a range of accommodation to choose from, all come equipped with 5 star outhouses! All of our appliances and lights are run off propane and our buildings are heated by a cozy wood stove. We haul water in from down town. This is the genuine Yukon Ranch experience, complete with rustic home cooked meals as well.

Day 2, Thursday or Sunday – Ranch activities

While the morning sun lifts slowly over the magnificent horizon, we say good morning to our new canine friends and ensure they are fed, watered and happy. Then we sit in the comfort of our lodge dining room having breakfast and plan our day. Today we cover approx 35km in distance driving towards secluded Jackson Lake. The only sound will be the runners in the snow, the working dogs, and your words of encouragement. This is the day that you begin to know each dog’s personality and form a bond that only man and dog can understand. With every stop, praise and show of affection for your dogs, they will learn to trust you and you to trust them. Relax in our sod roof sauna before retiring for the night. Overnight at Sky High Wilderness Ranch and enjoy an evening of unguided snowshoe and Aurora viewing. (B,L,D)

This Dog sledding adventure is a challenging but relaxed fun trip! We supply you with the best equipment possible and teach you all the important aspects of mushing. To participate, you must be healthy, enjoy working with dogs and have a good team spirit. Dog sledding is a comparable physical activity to cross-country skiing, so you should be in relatively good physical shape. We point out, that unforeseeable circumstances such as weather conditions, wind chill factor, extreme temperatures (-30 or lower), condition of the group or illness of the dogs may force us to change this itinerary. The safety of our guests takes precedence and our decisions are final.

Day 3, Friday or Monday – Ranch - Whitehorse

This day takes us towards beautiful Bonneville Lakes, west of the ranch. The trails are narrower here with some challenging ups and downs. The scenery is breathtaking and the coastal mountains are always in view to the south and west. Part of the trip we are above tree line and easily cover 20-30km. A breath of new life will creep slowly into your soul and in harmony with the running rhythm of your team you will enjoy nature like you have never experienced it before. Take it all in and these memories will go with you as you continue your journey home. In late afternoon we drive you to Whitehorse where you spend your last night at the Best Western Gold Rush Inn. Here you will receive your musher’s diploma (B,L).

Day 4, Saturday or Tuesday - depart Whitehorse

Check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.

Included
  • Round trip transfers between Whitehorse and the ranch
  • Two nights of accommodation in cabins or lodge
  • Meals including non-alcoholic beverages, as indicated
  • Use of dog sled and 3-6 Huskies
  • Musher Diploma
  • Use of winter boots
  • One night of accommodation in Whitehorse
  • Pre-departure information package including packing list
Not Included
  • Airfare to/from Whitehorse
  • Alcoholic beverages (available for purchase in Whitehorse)
  • Meals other than those indicated, breakfast on days 1 and 4 and dinner on day 3 are not included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
Tour Notes

Optional add-ons:
Should you need accommodation in Whitehorse prior to your winter cabin stay we can add that on to your package for you and co-ordinate with your flight schedule. Please inquire.

Details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.

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