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North Ridge Ranch - Dog Sledding

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Huntsville, Canada
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About North Ridge Ranch - Dog Sledding
Welcome to North Ridge Ranch. We are very happy you stopped by and hope that we can share the magic and adventure of dog sledding with you in Muskoka. Huntsville, Ontario is where we call home and have had our kennel for over 15 years. Owner/ Operators Brad & Leah Fetterley and over 70 amazing Alaskan Huskies make up a dynamic team that are excited to take you on an unforgettable dog sled tour through the wilds of Muskoka.
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Xin Yue wrote a review Mar. 2021
Toronto, Canada8 contributions5 helpful votes
From the first email communication with Leah to the goodbye we said to Brad and his four legs friends, it was a truly amazing experience and their hard work has turned our moments there into memories. Leah welcomed us second after we parked car and handed us a binder of Covid screening questions. Mask is required when on property and you can find hand sanitizer in washroom and such indoor area. We were introduced to our four legs friend by Brad and Leah while waiting for another group to arrive. Each dog has his/her own little wooden house with a tin bucket for water. The ones that are not duty usually chills outside the house - they welcome you with their happy barks. You can tell how much love and work Brad and Leah have put in for their four legs family. Before we hit the road, Brad offered everyone a very important and useful safety instruction. Some people may find this 45mins long speech kinda unnecessary. However, My friend and I are both 4’11 tall girls and later we found the tips of brakes Brad has suggested were very helpful as we are not as heavy as men who can put more weight on it. Not only for our own safety but also to protect our sleigh dogs too. Our one hour trip had a very scenic view. Brad would stop from time to time to check on his guests to see if we are all doing ok. After the tour, he was very happy to share some interesting stories of their 73 four legs family and introduce us to some of retired dogs. He was very patient with all kinds of questions we had throw at him lol Thank you Leah and Brad for such an wonderful experience and we will defiantly come back again! And a big thank you to our sleigh team: Maxi, Robin, Fizz, Fiskie and our favourite girl: Elsa. (I wish I had memorized all their names)
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Sam Robinson wrote a review Mar. 2021
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To start, my friend and I were really looking forward to this experience.. especially during covid times. While it was an overall enjoyable experience there are a few things we feel should be improved and things that left us feeling that we didn’t receive value for the money we paid. Cons: -Introduction/safety talk was overkill. 45 mins of Brad sharing extreme accidents (we were skeptical the validity of these tales, as you stop so frequently there’s hardly enough time to pick up that much speed). -The sexist comment could be skipped next time. When referring to hesitations about breaking, Brad indicated “sorry ladies, ladies seem to have the most trouble with this”... something along the lines of that. - Do as I say, not as I do?? After being lectured about not using our phones while “driving”, during the ride Brad was doing exactly that! -Prior to the tour date we were sent a message inquiring about dietary requirements. My friend indicated she was dairy free. On the day of our tour we received a pack of granola bars, and hot chocolate. No acknowledgement of her restrictions were made as both the granola bars and no doubt the hot chocolate had milk ingredients. As a result she couldn’t eat anything. -No follow up after the tour.. a quick “how did you enjoy your tour/thank you for coming up” would have been nice. Pros: -extensive covid screening form -good email communication from Leah -well behaved/trained dogs
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Melonie R wrote a review Mar. 2021
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We have always had dog sledding on our bucket list of adventures and coming to Northridge Ranch to fulfill it was a dream come true. It was myself, my husband and 6 year old son and 9 year old daughter, cousin and her husband. COVID protocols were fantastic and felt VERY safe. I was extremely anxious leading into our adventure but was reassured by Brad and felt confident hitting the trails. The dogs are beautiful, well loved and taken care of and the trails are magical and so typical of the Muskoka forests everyone loves. My kids had an amazing time and are already begging to go back and do it again soon. Thank you for being the best trainers and guides out there!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Ana R wrote a review Aug. 2020
Pickering, Canada114 contributions34 helpful votes
My 5-year-old has the time of his life with his dad driving the sled for us. My 12-year-old was with the tour leader. He was even given the chance to drive too. We will back in a couple of years time for the longer tour. Great hospitality.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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raachmyers wrote a review Jul. 2020
White Haven, Pennsylvania274 contributions112 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I visited here from Pennsylvania a couple months ago and had a great time! Sure, the instructions before hand are a little intimidating and made us nervous for what was to come but I think that is understandable as a situation could turn dangerous. We loved the sledding and once you get going, there’s nothing to be nervous about as long as you pay attention to directions. The tour is wonderful, the guide is informative and friendly and he supplies you with hot cocoa and snacks! We loved meeting the dogs and seeing them work! Definitely a tour to take.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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