January 25, 2006
I booked this adventure through the Station Touriste Duchesnay while staying at the Ice Hotel (it was included in my package). Wow, what an experience! It gives you an appreciation for the Ididerod.
We took a shuttle service from the resort to the kennels (about a 5-minute drive). After a nice, warm greeting, we were able to walk around and meet some of the dogs. We were fortunate enough to be able to play with the puppies as well.
After a lesson in driving the dogsled, we were ready to go. They rent extra gear (hats, mittens, boots, etc.) just to be sure you are warm. Be prepared, you are going to get very wet and cold. You are matched with a guide who will lead you through the breathtaking paths. Don’t worry – the dogs know the way, too.
The scenery was gorgeous and the dogs were very friendly and eager to go. The trails were so much fun. Be prepared to duck, though, as some areas have low-hanging branches, so you have to pay attention. We had an absolute blast but were soaking wet by the time we were done (it was snowing quite a bit the day we went). Our ride ended with a nice hot cider and molasses cakes in the lodge and a nice chance to warm up and chat with the guides and other dog-sledders. As far as photo ops go, our guide stopped halfway through the course for us to take photos. I also took pictures while I was riding, but the ride does get bumpy at times.
There were several options available depending on the time you had and your tolerance for the cold. Our ride was an hour and a half and was more than sufficient. They offer 3-hour, 7-hour, and 24-hour rides (with gear for sleeping and home-cooked food). I would absolutely recommend this experience to outdoor lovers. Their website is www.aventureinukshuk.qc.ca.
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