Dog Sledding and Skidoo in the Yukon
In Native American history, there is evidence of dogs being prominent companions to humans, and harnessed for thousands of years, pre-dating European habitation in the area. If you are interested in a truly special and active travel experience in North American, ask your travel agent about dog sledding.
The Inuit and Eskimo breeds have evolved over time into the sled dogs we most recognize – the Alaskan Husky.
These hardy and beautiful animals have incredibly strong hearts, tough feet and insulating undercoats, which makes them ideal specimens to help their human families. They work incredibly as a team and seem to truly enjoy their work.
Sled dogs have been used for the gold trade, mail delivery, doctors, trade and all manner of commerce for many hundreds of years. The harsh climate in the far North means that during the depths of winter, dogs are often the only reliable transport option.
While sled dogs are still used for work, the advent of air transport and other technologies means they are not relied upon as heavily as in the past.
Try sledding for yourself
Nowadays there is an opportunity for tourists and travellers to have a dog sled experience as well. Recreational ‘mushing’ (dog-sledding) has evolved into a popular sport and is an excellent way to keep the sledding traditions alive.
Mushing allows travellers an unparalleled travel experience and is a unique way to appreciate the majestic beauty of the wilderness in the Yukon. To participate you must be healthy, enjoy working with dogs and have a good team spirit. You should be in relatively good physical shape.
Modern dog sleds are even able to be equipped with heated handle bars for your comfort. Some companies offer short excursions, others treks up to 15 days. You will be trained how to work with the dogs and negotiate the terrain and generally all food an accommodation is included in the packages.