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Husky Love and Dog Sledding in Canada

CANADA Welcome to the world of winter adventure. Alongside us, we have the fearless animals of Whitehorse Yukon – The Dog Sledding team. Husky love

I experienced my very first ‘mushing’ adventure, or a more commonly known term as ‘dog sledding’ with Muktuk Adventures tours this winter at Yukon, and I have to say – the sledding experience with them was truly phenomenal.

XXL Size Lydiascapes and her santa sled

XXL Size Lydiascapes and her Santa Sled all to herself. Coming in the low peak season means that you have a sled all to yourself! Which also means no monkey business too, if not you will crash into a tree.

Dog sledging is probably one of the things I never really thought of adding into my bucket list. I mean, for an adrenaline junkie like myself, how exciting can a bunch of small dogs pulling you be?

Dog Sledding is unbelievably fun!

These amazing sled dogs at Muktuk Adventures are going to wow you beyond what you expect, especially if you are already a dog lover.  Enthusiastic and excited the minute you enter their big compound, they are barking, howling and jumping around joyfully when the Muktuk staff go about picking and choosing the dogs for the sledding.

The compound has almost 150 sled dogs, with all types of breds from mixed to pure Siberian huskies

The Muktuk Adventures compound has almost 150 sled dogs, with all types of breds from Mixed to Pure Siberian Huskies. Check out the full list of doggies and their names here

The sled dog selection process begins. My first dog at the lead is on

The sled dog selection process begins. My first dog is on at the lead. Excited!

Picking the right dogs for the best sledding performance require quite a bit of skill and understanding of these affectionate creatures. Like humans, they have temperaments, moods, strengths, flaws, likes and dislikes. So its important to arrange them properly and strategically to get a smooth sailing ride. In competitive sled races, sled dogs are swooped around during the race dependent on their stamina ability for different stretches of the terrain/ race.

Husky Sled Dog Experience - my awesome sled dogs all ready to take off

My awesome sled dogs all ready to take off – 4 of them

After much ado, I have my 4 amazing dogs

– sweet team player lead dogs Skor and Hazel, with smart Yuki as the middle swing dog and strong but naughty chocolate brown Gobo at the wheel. These guys are amazingly fast and full of power. We were literally sailing along so quickly all the time that I had to jam my snow boots hard into the ground to slow them down. However occasionally when they do get tired, you should give the sled a push to help them along ( which these smart ones really appreciate).

Controlling the speed of the dog sled with this tiny little wooden and metal brake

Controlling the speed of the sled with this tiny little metal brake

Action Packed Dog Sledding Adventure in Whitehorse YukonThe 60mins crazy action packed Dog Sledding adventure with the 4 amazing sled dogs of Muktuk Adventures Ltd.Given the low peak season, we were all allowed to ride a sled each by ourselves. Struggling to capture this footage while controlling the sled speed, turns through the forest and excited dogs is crazy hard. So please do not try this at home!

Posted by Lydiascapes Travel on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Before you set off on your mushing journey, the Muktuk Adventures crew with load you up with layers of warm winter clothing, beanies, jumpers and snow boots. I have never worn so many clothes in my entire life, and the eventual outcome had me transformed from my usual XS size to XXL.

Muktuk Dressing Room where we picked our winter jackets and boots before setting off to our dog sledding adventure

Muktuk Dressing Room where we picked our winter jackets, overalls and boots before setting off to our dog sledding adventure

I finally understood the need for so many insane number of layers of clothes, it was rather chilly and cold as the winter wind blows you while you sled along.

Off we go into the winter cold…

The transformed Singaporean to Canadian woman all ready to do some sledding. It was so cold my hair strands started freezing up

The transformed Singaporean to Canadian woman all ready to do some sledding. It was so cold my hair strands started freezing up

As you can see, my sled dogs are perpetually excited to move along fast, especially my last dog Gobo

As you can see, my sled dogs are perpetually excited to move along fast, especially my wheel dog Gobo

Stunning view all around as we maneuver our dog sleds through these snowy forests and stunning mountain scapes

Stunning view all around as we maneuver our dog sleds through these snowy forests and stunning mountains-capes

The stunning sight with the sunlight shining through the forest as we dog sled along

A stunning sight with the sunlight shining through the forest as we dog sled along, so awesome I had to whip out my camera for a quick photo

Saying goodbye to all these pretty huskies.

The end of my 1 hour dog sled adventure -saying goodbye to all these pretty huskies.

Dance with me one more time my husky

Dance with me one more time my husky

Sled Dogs Selection Process BeginsSled Dogs Selection Process Begins!
Watch and see how excited these doggies are for their first run of the day!
Read more on the dog sledding adventure at www.lydiascapes.com/husky

Posted by Lydiascapes Travel on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Goodbye Sled Doggies till we meet again

Goodbye Sled Doggies and everyone at Muktuk Adventures Ltd. Thank you for the amazing experiene and I am going to miss you so much!

 

Overall, I must say this has been one of the highlights of my Whitehorse Yukon trip. I would recommend anyone who is thinking of visiting Whitehorse Yukon in winter to give dog sledding at Muktuk Adventures a go. The service was excellent and the prices ranges from USD$160 onwards depending on the season and duration of your dog sledding.

So make sure you experience mushing once in your lifetime and be prepared to crave for more after.

Click here to watch videos of my dogs sledding. Or for more winter stories, read up on my Yukon Northern Lights Sighting here.

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