Ontario is full of adventure in the winter.
But for those looking to really get out of their comfort zone this winter, they should consider giving dog sledding a try.
Typically, the season runs from January to March, although some do begin in December. Trips range from a few hours to a few days, and this is a true adventure and a great reason to look forward to winter!
There’s nothing more thrilling than going on a wilderness winter dogsled ride. Ranging from 2 to 10 excursions, your guide and Huskies will explore hundreds of acres of pristine wilderness, frozen lakes, towering ridges, wetlands and forests. At night you’ll get to sleep in the comfort of a heated prospector tent and enjoy comforting home-cooked meals.
Address: 1162 Tom Parris Trail, Dwight
Jump in your car and head just north of Barrie for a day of Winter Fun in Ontario’s Snow Belt! Toronto Adventures offers Intro to Dog Sledding Day Trips and they are the perfect way to escape the city for a day of Winter Fun including a warm fire, marshmallow roasting, s’mores, puppies and of course dog sledding! Bus trips are also available.
Where: 20 minutes North of Barrie
Dogsledding in Haliburton, Ontario’s spectacular winter wilderness, offers a glimpse into a time gone by, when life was slower and people were as one with the natural world around them. Winterdance offers various dogsledding packages, completely outfitted with all food & beverages provided on 1/2 & full day trips and moonlight tours.
Where: 1888 Hodgson Road, Haliburton
Another Haliburton adventure awaits at the Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve. With state-of-the-art grooming equipment, professional staff and a location on the Algonquin Dome, they usually have incredible winter conditions. Full and half day tours are available, and no prior experience is necessary.
Where: 1095 Redkenn Road, Haliburton
North Ridge Ranch in Huntsville provides half day tours and one hour tours most days throughout the winter season. From 12 to 24 km tours, there is something for everyone and all styles of winter adventurers. Book early, these dog sledding trips fill up fast once the snow starts to fly.
Where: North Ridge Ranch, Huntsville, Muskoka
The name says it all. Gear up for winter and get ready for some adventures in snowy forests snowy expedition with these overnight dogsledding trips! Winter camping at its best.
Where: 1162 Tom Parris Trail, Dwight
On a Chocpaw dog sledding adventure, you will learn the skills necessary to enjoy the Canadian winter and develop a working relationship with your team of dogs as you travel through the Algonquin wilderness. Choose from day trips to multi-day expeditions.
Where: I Industrial Park Road, South River, Ontario
For those looking for a longer experience, Wilderness Adventures hosts one to seven-day adventures, led by experienced guides. Drive your sled thirty to fifty kilometres a day to remote wilderness camps and overnight in cozy woodstove-heated tents on the longer trips. Round trip transportation from Toronto is also available.
Address: 24 Beaumonde Heights Drive
For those looking for a more private lesson, Highland Wilderness Tours is a small family-run business that offers privacy so you can learn at a pace that suits your skill level. Here you will get to lead an enthusiastic team of dogs on a “closed loop” wilderness trail that’s set up to safely teach you the art of mushing.
Address: Highland Wilderness Tours, Box 211, Maynooth
Call of the Wild offers a variety of dogsledding adventures with accommodations at the Algonquin Ecolodge. You can choose from three or four-day dog sledding adventure or a three-day multi-adventure, which includes dog sledding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Address: Algonquin Provincial Park near Maynooth/Bancroft