Top Ten Canada Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Mush the Klondike Trail
By Bill McRae

Mushing dogsleds across the Arctic snowscape has long been the preferred method of Arctic winter (and spring and fall) transportation: For millennia, Native Canadians have bred Husky and Inuit dogs for strength and endurance. Today, winter travelers to the Yukon can retrace parts of the Klondike Trail (you don't want to travel the entire length!) on dogsled while staying in the comparative comfort of heated tents and backcountry cabins. A number of outfitters in Whitehorse, the Yukon capital, offer dogsledding tours ranging from day trips to weeklong treks along with one of the North's most famous dogsled races, the Yukon Quest, which follows the route of the Klondike gold rush.

No special skills are needed to join a dogsled tour, just the love of dogs and the ability to stand a bit of cold. You'll always have guides along to help set up the heated yurts and cook dinner; and you'll have the thrill of driving the dogs and crying "Mush!"


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