Dog Sledding

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Dog Sledding at its Best!

Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve Ltd consists of 80.000 acres of forested, rolling hills interspersed with more than 50 lakes and hundreds of wetlands. Winding through the forest are more than 300 kilometers of groomed trails making this a dogsledder's paradise. Hidden along the trails are a number of small camps and shelters providing scenic locations to have a snack, warm up or stay overnight.

Thank you hug for Husky

The Dogs

One hundred and fifty Siberian Huskies, known for their exuberant friendliness, await your arrival. Docile and lovable, these dogs enjoy a run and work-out pulling sleighs. Once harnessed up and on the trail there is nothing that compares to experiencing winter with the sound of snow rustling under the runners of your sleigh and the panting of your dogs.

The Trails

Over the last 40 years Haliburton Forest has prided itself in creating one of the best trail systems in Canada - and our dogsled trails are no exception. With state-of-the-art grooming equipment, professional staff and a location on the Algonquin Dome, we can guarantee incredible winter conditions.

To participate in our tours, guests will not require prior dog sledding experience. Our professional guides will introduce you to the basics of dog sledding in order to ensure that you will have a safe and enjoyable dog sledding experience. While dog sledding does require physical participation, guests do not have to be in excellent physical condition, but should bring along an attitude of adventure.

Equipment and Clothing

Haliburton Forest will supply all necessary equipment for your tour including snacks and meals where noted. You will be responsible for all appropriate warm clothing. Good winter boots, mitts and a hat are a must! Layering is essential in winter clothing!Huskies pull sled over lake trail

The Tours

Prior to departing on your tour you will be introduced to your guides and dog team. After a brief, but intensive and comprehensive training session you can become involved in harnessing the dogs. Then, under the leadership of your guide, your tour departs. Take charge and drive your own team and enjoy the trails.

  • INTRODUCTORY TOURS will introduce visitors to dog sledding basics. After instructions on dog sledding and an introduction to the 4-legged team, guests can expect to spend about one hour on the trails. This is an excellent way for the first time musher to enjoy a new experience. Time is taken to enjoy the winter wonderland as you make your away through the scenic forest trails before heading back. The tours begin at 10am or 2pm. From Monday-Friday these tours are only offered to groups of 6 or more people.
  • HALF DAY TOURS begin at 9:00 am or 1:00 pm and run up to 3 hours. Our Half Day tours will stop en route with plenty of opportunities for photographs and stories. The average distance covered is 20 km.
  • FULL DAY TOURS begin at 9:30 am and run until 4:00 pm, spending up to 6 hours out on the trails. Guests will stop at one of the shelter cabins for lunch before continuing down the trail and eventually back to the kennel. The average distance covered is approximately 40-50km depending on trail conditions.

Dog Sledding Rules

Please remember to dress for the weather - Layers are strongly recommended as are appropriate winter boots! Please do not forget to bring a camera and a good sense of adventure, as you and the dogs will work as a team!

All tours include the "Introduction to Dog Sledding" and a Kennel Tour to conclude the experience.

CLIENTS SHOULD ARRIVE 20 TO 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO TOUR DEPARTURE!

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Dogsledding Pricing

Introductory Tours (Double Sleds Only):

Weekday: Only available for groups of 6 or more people
$115 per adult (age 16 and older)
$75 per child (age 4-15) accompanied by an adult

Weekends & Holidays:
$145 per adult (age 16 and older)
$95 per child (age 4-15) accompanied by an adult

Half-Day Tours:

Weekday:
$145 per adult (age 16 and older)
$95 per child (age 6-15) accompanied by an adult

Weekends & Holidays:
$200 per adult (age 16 and older)
$115 per child (age 6-15) accompanied by an adult

Full-Day Tours: Available for groups of 2 adults or more people

Weekday:
$325 per adult (age 16 plus only)

Weekends & Holidays:
$360 per adult (age 16 plus only)
Full Day tours are not offered on Saturdays.

Please note:

Weekday rates apply Monday to Thursday.
Weekend and Holiday rates apply for Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as Christmas Break, Family Day Monday and March Break.

Weekday Dog Sledder Accommodations:

$75 per adult/per night
$35 per youth/per night (if minimum number of adults is met)

*All Rates are subject to HST

Reservations are required, please phone or email us to book your space on the trails. Upon reservation, we will ask for a Non-Refundable Deposit with every booking of $25 per person for every tour.

If you want to save some time during on-site sign in upon arrival, you can download the required Waiver Form (in PDF Format) and present it at check-in:

Watch the following short video from Sticks & Stones for an overview of dog sledding at Haliburton Forest: