When we think of dog sledding, we think of Alaska’s Iditarod or the vast tundra of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Both provide amazing experiences, but are not accessible for many families and groups. When you factor in expensive travel and accommodations, not to mention the time required to get there, it’s just not a practical weekend getaway.But it's still possible to have an authentic dog sledding experience closer to home. Come dog sledding in Haliburton Ontario instead. Haliburton Forest is located only 3 hours from Toronto and 5 hours from Ottawa, making it a winter adventure that’s much easier to get to for your group of family or friends.
You and the dogs can conquer the snow together right here in Ontario.
Dog Sledding in Haliburton Ontario: The Real Deal
Dog sledding at Haliburton Forest offers an authentic experience. First, each guest will participate in a brief, but intensive and comprehensive training session. Then guests (in pairs) mush their own team of sled dogs as they tour some of the 80 km of dedicated dog sledding trails.
Dog sledding makes a great family or group outdoor adventure (for kids six years old and up), or a couples retreat for when you want to get away from it all and connect with each other in the great outdoors.
How Adventurous Are You?
Choose one of our three dog sled tours:
- Introductory: 45 minutes (approximately 10 km)
- Half tour: 2–2.5 hours (approximately 20 km)
- Full dog sled tour: up to 6 hours (approximately 40–50 km) & includes lunch on the trail
After the tour, you can tour the kennels and meet and mingle with your canine team. Be sure to get some pics and post about checking dog sledding off your bucket list.
Stay Longer in Haliburton…
Simply book accommodations at a cozy B&B or cabin rental nearby. Check out:
- Stouffer Mill B&B
- Sunny Rock B&B
- Oakview Lodge
- Ogopogo Resort
- Safe Haven Resort
- Pinestone Resort and Conference Centre (chain hotel experience)
… And Enjoy More Activities
You can fill a weekend, or even a whole week with so many activities for families and couples available at Haliburton Forest and the surrounding Haliburton Highlands.
Check 3 More Awesome Winter Activities Off Your Bucket List at Haliburton Forest
- Snowmobiling: Experience Ontario’s Premier Snowmobile Trails with over 300 km of well developed and carefully maintained trails. At the top of the Algonquin Dome, Haliburton Forest benefits from consistent, reliable snowfall each year, which means more days to enjoy great snowmobiling conditions. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own sled; you can rent one from us.
- Ice Fishing: Try ice fishing in one of Haliburton Forest’s 100 lakes. You don’t need a boat but you can access some of our lakes via ATV or snowmobile! Several species of fish are more active during the winter months, so your chances are greater of catching the big one. See if you can hook a Brook (Speckled) Trout, Lake Trout, or the unique Haliburton Gold (found in 11 lakes and only in Haliburton Highlands).
- Winter Wolf Centre Visit: Take a break from your outdoor activities and visit the Wolf Centre, Haliburton Forest’s 5,000 square foot education centre, which contains exhibits, a cinema, a classroom, retail space and an observatory. See wolves through one-way glass in their most active season. And learn about the history and behaviour of wolves.
Live the Dog Sledding Experience — Become a Musher for the Weekend
If you are serious about an active weekend spent dog sledding in Haliburton Ontario, you will love our musher program, which runs November 30-December 2, 2018 and December 7-9, 2018. Join the Haliburton Forest guides as they condition the Huskies for the upcoming dog sledding season. Approximately 110 dogs need to be run and cared for both before and after their runs. The fee for this musher weekend includes $90 meal vouchers to cover 5 meals at the Cookhouse Restaurant, a private bedroom (bedding is provided) with a shared kitchen, and living room and washroom facilities at Base Camp. Be sure to dress in layers and pack for all possible weather conditions. The program runs in all weather.
Once you’ve experienced the musher program, you’ll want to go dog sledding again during our regular season. And since we’re located close to home in the Algonquin Dome — with lots of snow and a long season — you’ll be able to return several times.
Go Dog Sledding in Haliburton Ontario
When you’ve come in from dog sledding, warm up with a mug of hot cocoa in your cozy holiday unit and check out this bucket list. See how many more activities you can check off at Haliburton Forest.