Tuesday, April 01, 2008

At the Dogyard

Dog sledding is a great Canadian winter experience. As thrilling as the mush can be, getting to know the dogs , hooking up and harnessing and working with the teams is a big part of the adventure. Here are a few short videos taken on our last family visit to the dog yard.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Ski Jouring

Had some fun with groups out ski jouring this past week. Skiing behind dogs is a lot of fun and best for those experienced skiers who can turn and slow down with ease! This furry friend was one of the many out on the trail with us.

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Algonquin Dogsled Photos

Thanks to Ingrid for these great pictures on a recent trip to the Algonquin Log Cabin. There is still plenty of snow up north and dog sledding trips are still available. Come join us for the last few weeks of winter weather!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sled Dogs!

Check out these great photos of some of the great dogs you get to meet on our dog sledding trips. Enjoy a daytrip followed by a relaxing time at the Algonquin Cottage Outpost. We still have availability for the upcoming Easter Weekend!

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Winter Bliss - Snowshoe Algonquin

Our Algonquin Log Cabin and Cottage Outpost received a new order of Canadian made GV snowshoes this week - perfect for the Algonquin hilly terrain. Our 2008 winter line up has several trips which feature snowshoeing including:
Algonquin Winter EcoAdventure - 4 day package with dogsledding, snowshoeing and backountry ski
Winter Adventure for Two 3 night package with snowshoeing and chouce of dogs or skidoo
and our award winning Log cabin 3 day winter lodge adventure which features 3 days of guided snowshoe, ski and ice fishing.

Keen on picking up a pair for yourself? Check out the MEC
website who have a great information about choosing the right snowshoe.

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Family Returns to Algonquin

It was wonderful to see Rainer and family back at the Algonquin Cottage Outpost this winter. The solar powered Cottage Outpost chalet suites are ideal for a family of 4. With two bedrooms, washroom/ shower, full kitchen, fireplace, deck and BBQ- the suites are set up for a comfortable 3 night or week long stay. Rainer’s family took advantage of the kitchen and prepared their own meals while adding on some guided days of snowshoeing and dog sledding.

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Mush,Mush, Mush

Great to be back with the dogs this past weekend. Working with dogs is a wonderful rewarding – and tiring experience! If you have not tried this, come try a day trip out of our Algonquin Cottage Outpost or Algonquin Log Cabin. Mixed with cozy accommodation, tasty meals, and some time on snowshoes – you are in for a great winter weekend!

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Algonquin Dog Sledding Video

We received this fun, short video from Mr. Fitzpatrick taken on an Algonquin dog sledding trip last February. Enjoy!

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

50 things every Canadian should do in winter

The November issue of Explore- Canada’s outdoor magazine- has an interesting article and list of the 50 things every Canadian should do in a winter. Top 10 on their list

1. “Try speed skating”
2. Stay at an “original” lodge
3. Go to one of three listed resort bars
4. Learn about avalanches
5. Stand at Portage and Main
6. Ski a world Loppet series
7. Go dog sledding
8. Go for run on snowshoes
9. Learn to ski moguls
10. Ski a famous mogul run

For the rest of the list, pick up a copy of their November issue. If you are keen on knocking of any of the top 10 – three are available by signing on to our Algonquin Log Cabin or Algonquin Cottage Outpost winter adventures. (stay at an original{ rustic/ no electricity lodge}, go dog sledding and have a run on snowshoes

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Monday, January 26, 2004

Dog Sledding on Algonquin Park's Sunday Lake Rd

I was out Dog sledding on Algonquin Park’s Sunday Lake Rd last week with musher Dave Freymond. It was a real pleasure to be out on the trail again with Dave.

Voyageur Quest began working with Dave in 1994 when we were operating winter trips out of Source Lake and Camp Pathfinder. More recently, Dave has been helping out with 3 day Algonquin Dog sledding trips to his backcountry cabin on Madawaska lake.

We enjoyed a classic day trip with blue skies, lot’ snow and happy well trained dogs. Dave reminded me that he has yet to see the video footage of the Outdoor Journal television show that dig a segment on Algonquin Dog sledding with Voyageur Quest.
Dave, here you go. …. Enjoy ! Thanks to Reno Viola for this clip.

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Thursday, April 17, 2003

Is Algonquin Park the Dog sled capital of Canada –?

While in Canada’s Yukon Territory recently, it was interesting to talk to the dog sled mushers about their business and where/ how their customers come from. Whitehorse is not close to any other major urban centre. People heading for a Yukon ( or Alaska ) sled dog trip fly on at least two flights and on average over 5000 km to get to the start of the trip. There is even a direct winter flight to Whitehorse all the way from Frankfurt Germany! With expensive flight costs, most of the dog sled businesses cater to high end clientele and take very few customers each winter. Racing is really the big draw with many of the mushers in the Yukon offering customers a chance to help train dogs that are getting in shape for the Yukon Quest- the longest and most grueling dog sled race in the world. 3 of the mushers I spoke to take less than 25 customers each winter.

My conversations with these dog sled operators made me start thinking that while Yukon maybe the home of Dogsled racing in Canada, Algonquin Park maybe Canada’s number one choice for people to experience “authentic” dog sledding.

Algonquin Park is within a 10 hour drive of over 25 million people and home to at least 8 dog sled operators around the Park that I am aware of. Collectively the operators house 600 dogs and on average 175 people are probably dog sledding every day in/ around Algonquin. I believe this would make Algonquin the dog sled capital of Canada!

Here at Voyageur Quest, we work with four Algonquin Park dog sled mushers and offer several different types of dog sled trips including lodge based multi adventures and dog expeditions with heated wall tent camping.

I stress “authentic dog sledding to differentiate from some hotels and/or resorts that are offering dog sled “rides” of 20 minutes. For those of you considering a dog sled experience, I highly recommend you choose an authentic dog sled experience vs. a ride.
During an authentic experience, you will receive a thorough orientation including instruction in how to drive a team, harness, hook up, and dog commands. Then you will head to the yard and hook up/ harness your team. After this two hour hands on process will you be ready to mush. The actual mush typically runs for about 3 – 4 hours and will cover around 20km.

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