Basic 2 Day Dog Sledding Trip Details
Upon Booking we will send you meeting instructions in South River on the northwest corner of Algonquin Park. Please plan to be there at 8:30 am the morning of your trip.
The morning of your trip date we meet at our orientation centre where you will meet your guides and train with your dog team in preparation for the journey into the Algonquin wilderness for a day long trip to your remote camp which is approximately 30 km from the staging area and a 2 1/2 to 5 hour dog sled ride depending on the snow conditions. We like to allow plenty of time for rest stops, lunch on the trail and the many incredible photo opportunities that will present themselves in this beautiful winter wilderness area.
At the remote camp you’ll be greeted with warm, wood stove heated tent and will make preparations for a hot hardy meal. After the dogs have been fed and secured for the night and the necessary camp-chores completed the pace slows down and everyone can relax. Your guides have many activities that can be enjoyed like a night hike to explore the wilderness area surrounding your camp for wildlife and tracks, a wolf howl, star gazing, northern lights (if conditions are right) or numerous campfire games or even a very active moonlight game on the lake. Or just sit back and enjoy sharing the day’s adventure around a roaring campfire with your fellow adventurer’s.
After a good night’s sleep in your heated tent you will arise to a hardy breakfast and start preparing for the return trip to the staging area by a different route, arriving back around 3-4 pm for the ride back to Toronto.
Although we will set the pace and the experience to the group’s ability, this adventure will challenge you physically. You will be active from the time you arrive until the time you leave. You will help move the dogs in and out of the yard and harness and hook the into a team, drive the sled yourself along with a partner.
Driving a team involves controlling the sled by leaning and pulling on the handle bar in turns, applying brake pressure to slow the sled on descents, running or walking uphill and pushing or peddling to help the team as needed. After all these are strong energetic dogs that work best when the driver becomes part of the team by working along with them.
Regular Trip Fee : Adults $524.00 CAD plus hst.
Children 12 yrs. and under $388.00 CAD plus hst.
Prime Time Rates: Dec 26, 2017 – Jan 1, 2018, Feb 3-4 Feb 10-11, Feb 17-18, Feb 24-25
Prime Trip Fee : Adults $545.00 CAD plus hst.3
Children 12 yrs. and under $402.00 CAD plus hst.
Round Trip Transportation Fee from Toronto for Multi Day Trips: $150.00 CAD pp plus HST (optional)
Round trip Transportation from Toronto: Leaves Yorkdale Shopping Centre at 6 PM the night before the trip date in our private passenger van and takes you the the night before accommodations at a nearby resort (room booking required). The next morning the driver will take you to the Dog Sled Orientation Centre for a 1 to 1-1/2 briefing with your guides. The the driver takes you to the staging area where you start your day trip. The driver will then return to Toronto and come back up the last day of your trip to bring you back to Toronto usually arriving around 6-7 PM depending on road and traffic conditions.
When considering your clothing for any winter trekking experience remember to layer loosely to stay warm. Your layers should be easy to remove as you warm up from exercise and conversely to add layers as you begin to cool. This is not the time to make a fashion statement or to bring everything you own. Remember the more you bring the more it will affect your progress. Most people can come up with practical layers without spending a fortune, if anything at all. Think of organizing your clothing into three different layers.
This layer is next to your skin. It is important to wear something that will “wick” any moisture away from your skins surface. A synthetic material such as “polyester” works best but wool, silk and thermal underwear can provide adequate protection. Different material blends such as polypro/wool or polyester/wool blends provide an excellent compromise and sometimes are preferred.
This is your insulation layer. Any materials that will provide warmth will work in this layer. Synthetic materials such as polar fleece are ideal but not essential. Quite often sweaters of all kinds are used along with any warm loose fitting pants. Blue jeans or any cotton material are not recommended or acceptable for this activity. Wool is fine.
This layer is your protective outer layer and the key element to block out the wind and wetness of the snow. A loose fitting overcoat should provide the necessary protection. A ski jacket and pants can also be a good choice, but remember the water proof factor. If this layer is not waterproof there are safe products on the market to add protection, such as Scotch Guard sprays and Dubbins.
Your hands and feet are the first appendages that will become cold. Protecting your feet will require wool socks and warm boots with removable liners. Hiking boots or ski boots are not adequate. Warm mitts with pull out liners for general use and thin gloves for handling and harnessing the dogs are both essential. Do not forget that a warm wool hat will keep 60% of your body heat from escaping.
|No Denim or Cotton!||Mittens (2 pairs)||Boots with Removable Liners|
|Pants (1 outer, 1 inner)||Gloves (1 pair)||Sleeping Bag (0 degrees celsius)|
|Sweaters (2)||Socks (3 pair)||Small Flashlight|
|Hat (wool)||Long Underwear||Toiletries|
|Winter Coat/Parka||Neck/Face Protection||Cameras and Extra Batteries|
Pack in plastic bags to waterproof clothing. Use duffle bags. Please, no packs with external frames
Blue Fomie sleeping pads are supplied for each client at the camp. Clients wanting increased comfort may wish to bring their own thermarests.
Personal items such as sunscreen, lip balm, camera, a light pair of boots and a change of clothing for camp could be included at your discretion. We also recommend that you bring a supply of disposable hand and foot warmers.
Rental Sleeping Bags
The following clothing is available for rent. Advanced reservation is required for any rental clothing.
|Sleeping Bag||$30.00 per trip|
|Snow Pack Boot Rentals||$30.00 per trip|
Rates do not include 13% HST sales tax.
Please Note: Prices and Itineraries are subject to change with notice on the main web page. Once a booking is in place no price increases will be applied.
Booking: The booking requires a 30% deposit by Visa or MasterCard (for Canadian Credit Cards) with the balance due 30 days prior to trip departure. Non Canadian Credit Cards are charged the full trip fee payment in US dollars or a Bank Wire Transfer in Canadian Dollars at the time of booking.
The trip dates do sell out so please book early to get the trip dates you want.