I was working in Whitehorse in January 2012, I have never been to Whitehorse before and found myself with a free day so I wanted to do something to e,brace the experience of the North...I had been highly recommended to go dog sledding at Muktuk Kennels. I called only the day before with hopes of being able to join a group for a half day tour. The lady I spoke to when I called convinced me to do the full day ( I expressed strongly that I wanted the "whole" experience) and I was not disappointed. I had to be there by 9:30 and was promptly greeted by my instructor (Mark) . Mark asked me if I was physically fit and if I wanted to run a little or just kind of relax (that depends on what trail you take...forest or river). I decided to take him up on the running part so we headed for the trails. Mark made sure I was comfortably fitted with all the proper gear for the excursion (because I was there for work I didn't think to bring my really warm clothes). Once dressed we headed out to get the dogs ready to go. Mark offered me my own dog sled team which was very exciting to me, and of course I obliged. He showed me the sled and showed and included me in hooking the dogs up. There were also some volunteers that were there working outside, everyone was so friendly, it was really comforting. I was also the only one booked on the tour that day so it was like my own private tour for the day. Mark was very good about giving instructions on how to work with the sled and the dogs. I was very nervous when we started off but very quickly went away and the nerves turned into a great excitement. Mark was very attentive and made sure that I was comfortable. He would stop every so often to make sure I was god and also to allow the dogs to rest. It was a warmer day (0degrees) so we had to rest more often for the dogs. Every time we stopped Mark was so great about talking to the dogs (both his sled and mine) and giving them love, they love to be loved!!! We stopped and put the "lunch stuff" at the spot where we returned a while later to eat lunch. We continued on the trails having lots of fun running up hills and enjoying the beautiful scenery. When we stopped for lunch Mark made sure the dogs were all set up before starting up the fire for our lunch which was great with me. The dogs also had some food at that time. The fire was a bit challenging to start but Mark came through with flying colors, got the sausages on the grill, warmed the buns, served up hot chocolate and even had some dessert. While we were at lunch one of the volunteers came and joined us and stayed with us for the afternoon which was great. Once we got back on the trails after lunch Mark and the volunteer were a lot of fun, laughing and goofing off but still kept it totally professional. I had a great time following behind laughing at the two of them, it was great. We returned back to the main lodge just after 3pm as it was warm out the dogs were suffering, but it was great, I was extremely tired from the hours of workout. Once we got back we took the dogs off the sled and put them back on there leashes at there dog houses. It amazed me at how friendly all the dogs were, I wasn't apprehensive of one of them. Then I saw the puppies and started query with Mark how old they were etc. Once we got all the dogs off the sled, Mark asked if I wanted to go play with the puppies and of course I said "YES". We got to go right in the puppy pen (they were 8-10 weeks old) and they were so awesome and fun and cute as could be. Once we were done playing with the puppies we won't inside and I took all my gear off, went upstairs where there was water, coffee, tea offered along with brownies.
Overall my experience was so great, I would recommend to anyone. The money which may seem like a bit much was so justified once there seeing what they have to do and the experience that was given/received. I would/have thought about returning to Whitehorse for a family vacation so I can share the experience with my family.
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