Gear up for a truly unique Canadian experience by dogsledding in Whistler BC. Famed for its breathtaking views, Whistler is an alpine wonderland nestled in the Fitzsimmons Range of the Coast Mountains. The resort town of Whistler-Blackcomb is a pedestrian-only area buzzing with winter activities like skiing, snow-shoeing, and sledding, but the most unique experience by far is dogsledding.
Dogsledding tours allow people to experience the thrill of being led by a powerful dog team while exploring the pristine Canadian wilderness. Companies in Whistler, including Blackcomb Dogsledding and Trapper’s Run, offer excursions into Callaghan Valley, an area that is so remote it would be inaccessible by other means of transport.
Up to two adults and one child can ride with each dogsled and the journey typically lasts for two-and-a-half hours. Tourists get a hands-on experience steering the reigns of the dog team after learning how to harness and stage the dogs.
A brief pitstop at a fur trapper’s cabin on Totem Pole Lake allows novice mushers to warm up and catch their breath after a wild ride down winding trails.
The excited dog pack also takes a moment to refuel, their efforts can burn a combined 6.000 calories a day, but these dogs are born to run and love nothing more than sharing their fun time with new humans.
Snow is an essential part of dogsledding, and as such, bundling up is necessary. Warm clothes, balaclavas, beanies, water-wicking wool socks, mittens, and good snow boots are musts for a good mushing experience. Bring a small backpack with a water bottle to stay hydrated and use sunscreen on exposed areas of the body since the sun is exceptionally powerful beaming off the bright snow. Prepare to be a little bit sore - dogsledding requires flexing of the core and quads. Don't worry though, a nice warm bath will help soothe tight muscles after an afternoon with the dogs.