It’s that time of year when the snow begins to fall in Canada. Alberta has already seen its first snowfall and northern Ontario won’t be far behind. Dog sledding in Ontario offers a unique and unforgettable winter experience, combining adventure, excitement, and the beauty of the province’s snow-covered landscapes. From the trails of the Haliburton Highlands to the picturesque scenery of Muskoka and the rugged beauty of Algonquin Park, there is no shortage of places to enjoy this traditional winter activity.
Best Dog sledding in Ontario
We have had the opportunity to go dog sledding several times in our lives. We even joined legendary Canadian dog musher Hank Debruin in Haliburton on an all-night training fun before he left for the epic Yukon Quest race.
If you have ever thought of doing a dog sledding experience, it’s easy in Ontario Canada. There are so many places to enjoy this winter activity and we are going to break down what it’s like on a dog sledding adventure and to let you know what it is like.
Is Dog Sledding Cruel?
But first, let’s discuss the elephant in the room. Is dog sledding cruel?
The question of whether dogsledding is cruel can be a complex and divisive topic. When done ethically and responsibly, dogsledding is not cruel. We have seen the strong bond between the dogs and their mushers at several different dog sled operations. We have seen that huskies love to run and their owners love to run with them!
We have studied this topic extensively and have visited dog sled operations in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. When talking with dog sledding tour operators, they have the same answer as with the case of all businesses around the world – There are a few bad apples that ruin it for the rest of the dog mushers who truly love their dogs and treat them like family.
The one common thread you will see from the dog sledding companies listed below is that they have a deep love and respect for their Siberian and Alaskan Huskies. A lot has changed over the years with the dogs well being and safety being the most important aspects to these owners. Check out our post The Misconceptions of Dog Sledding
A Brief History of Sled Dogs
Did you know that dog sledding has a history that spans thousands of years and many different cultures? The use of sled dogs dates back to at least 2000 BCE, with evidence of dogsledding found in Siberia, Northern Canada, and Greenland.
During the gold rushes of the late 19th and…