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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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tjaynes48 wrote a review Mar. 2022
Ancaster, Canada10 contributions3 helpful votes
My wife and I took a 1/2 day tour with the owner Brad today along with 3 other groups and WE LOVED IT.... Brad takes his job very seriously... both keeping his dogs safe and the folks like us in is charge.... Id highly recommend this tour.... On the face of it, I felt it was a bit expensive.... BUT after understanding only small amount of the work that goes into making the experience grand.... WORTH EVERY PENNY.... Thank you VERY MUCH for this incredible experience.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Suzanne H wrote a review Mar. 2022
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A perfect morning spent dogsledding with my family (age 4 and 7). Brad gave us a thorough tutorial to prepare us for our half day adventure. We felt prepared when we set out and had a wonderful time and learned a lot about dogsledding. A beautiful trail through their property with warm hot chocolate and granola bars midway. He made sure we felt good and we’re comfortable with the instructions. He even pointed out some animal tracks along the way. If you have ever wanted to go dogsledding I highly recommend north ridge ranch. A check mark off my bucket list!!
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Date of experience: March 2022
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JimF wrote a review Mar. 2022
Burlington, Canada20 contributions9 helpful votes
What an enjoyable experience this was! We booked a 4 hour dog sled tour for the afternoon. On arrival, we were met by Leah and completed the usual paperwork and then directed to the staging area. Brad joined us there and provided a very thorough orientation with information about the dogs and the handling of the sleds. Brad and Leah were entirely focused on the safety of their guests and their dogs. The dogs themselves were all very well behaved, well fed, very friendly, and eager to pull the sleds. By the end of the orientation, guests are well prepared and know what to expect on the trail. Brad does a good job of explaining how as well as why. Sledding itself is a somewhat strenuous and aerobic activity, but manageable. We had excellent snow conditions. There were a number of other guests on our tour. I think we had six other sleds, plus Brad's sled. The instructions that Brad provided were invaluable in keeping the sled on the trail. Within the first few hundred meters on the trail, you begin to grasp the principles that Brad had stressed in the orientation. The trails were heavenly, very quiet on the straightaways. The sleds themselves are comfortable. There is a wrap around tarp that folds over the passenger to assist with keeping warm. The driver has no worries about keeping warm, as there is enough physical activity to take care of that. At the halfway point, we stopped to rest the dogs and have a snack of hot chocolate and energy bars. We visited with the other guests and after awhile, without prompting it seemed, the dogs, which had been quiet, sat up in unison and began to bark and howl. They wanted us to get a move on, it seemed, so Brad got us turned around and away we went. I see some comments about Brad being gruff. We found Brad to be very personable and someone who cared deeply about the dogs and their well-being. Brad is loud at times, but you cannot manage 6 sleds, each with six dogs attached, by being quiet. With all dogs happily barking on the trail, and the sleds each about 10 meters apart, it is necessary to communicate in a loud voice to be understood. We would highly recommend this experience to anyone and may do it again if we return to the area.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Catherine R wrote a review Feb. 2022
Oakville, Canada2 contributions
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THIS PLACE. Brad and Leah are the owner of this place. Leah was friendly but Brad was NOT. He was aggressive and abusive to humans and dogs. He would not stop yelling for the entire trip. We were trying to enjoy the trip but he keep yelling at the lady in front of us. He and his dogs are out of control. I don't understand why there were so many 5 stars reviews, this trip was actually disappointing because Brad is a terrible guide and he would not stop screaming (at the top of his lung). The forest was beautiful but we don't find this dog sledding experience positive mainly because of the attitude of Brad. Leah was trying to de-escalate his temper, but watching Brad hit the dog and yelling at the lady was brutal. This is not a friendly place.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Scott M wrote a review Feb. 2022
Simcoe, Canada156 contributions54 helpful votes
We booked an afternoon half-day dog-sledding excursion using their on-line reservation app, easy to do. Upon arriving at North Ridge Ranch, our guide and owner Brad gave us a half hour of instructions on the do's and don'ts of handling our dog team, so as to avoid losing control and potentially damaging the equipment or harming the dogs or ourselves. We then took to our sleds, one person driving and another riding in the sled. Throughout the time on the trails Brad kept a close eye on all of us novice mushers, providing further instructions and encouragement where needed. Note: while other reviewers may have thought his approach was gruff or sharp, we appreciate that every time he puts a newbie on one of his dog-sleds, there's a moderately high risk to the dogs if his instructions aren't followed explicitly. We felt that he was direct and no-nonsense, and appreciated that. The dogs are all well cared for, healthy and as it became apparent once in harness, excited and happy to be out on the trails, pulling a sled. In all, it was exhilarating, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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