Thursday, January 15
Dog Sledding in Muskoka
What to Expect on your Dog Sledding Adventure
Dog sledding has become a popular winter adventure in Ontario, and for good reason! Mushing behind a team of dogs, up hills and down, winding and wending through a snow-clad Muskoka forest on the edge of Algonquin Park is an experience you'll never forget.
Part of the appeal of the adventure is its hands-on nature. Contrary to what you might think, dog sledding is not a passive activity where you sit back and watch the world go by. As the musher, you work too!
The trip starts at a local farmhouse ranch. Your guide, Brad, will often enlist help from the trip participants to harness the dogs and prepare the sleds. Instructions follow—pay attention—before you hit the trail in a dog sled convoy.
Two riders share a sled and team of five to eight dogs. One person starts out riding in the sled and the other person stands at the back and 'drives'. Half-way through the the half-day (approximately 3-hour) trip you break for hot chocolate and granola bars. After the break, you switch positions with your sled-mate so everyone has a chance to ride and drive.
As with any outdoor sport, dog sledding is best enjoyed if you're well prepared for it. There are no indoor facilities out on the trail, so you're outside the entire length of your trip. It can get very cold sitting in the sled, and you can work up a sweat when it's your turn to mush, so dressing in layers that you can add or remove is important, as are warm winter boots. Consider bringing hand and foot warmers (Hot Shots, HotHand or similar brands) to tuck in your mitts and boots.
We also suggest you bring an old blanket or sleeping bag to sit on or under during your ride in the sled. And don't forget your camera/video!
Guests of the inn can add a Muskoka Dog Sledding adventure to any overnight stay or package. Our Chili-Dog Getaway package is very popular, combining a 2-night stay at the inn with a half-day guided dog sledding excursion at the ranch followed up by a hearty chili dinner at the inn, complete with fresh-baked cornbread and homemade dessert. Fill-your-belly comfort food hits the spot after an exhilarating day outdoors.
To book your Chili-Dog Getaway, click HERE to check availability at the inn and to make your reservation for your preferred room and dates (don't forget to add Chili-Dog Getaway for Two from the list of packages and add-ons). This will hold hold your room and rate while we confirm availability with the dog sled ranch. This should take one to two days. If dog sledding is not available for your chosen dates, you will have the option to choose new dates or cancel the booking with no charge.