Rookie Sled Dog Adventure - 5 nights

Learn how to mush from the experts! Iditarod finisher Michelle Phillips and her team of experienced mushers take you under their wings and show you how to take care of your own dogteam, how to prepare them for the ride and - most importantly - how to run your own dogteam across the frozen landsape! Dive ino the world of dog sledding and join our dedicated team of dog-lovers for an unforgettable adventure!

The unique setting of your accommodation at Tagish Wilderness Lodge make this tour a most private and exclusive experience in Yukon's most pristine wilderness!


6 days/5 nights

06 February - April 10 2018, daily, min. 2 participants



  • Introduction into mushing by professional dogmushers who love their dogs and their work
  • Accommodation in comfortable log cabins
  • Run and care for your own dogteam of well trained and socialized dogs - a once in a lifetime experience!
  • High quality mushing gear
  • Guided dogsledding tours on and around the 100km long Tagish Lake
  • Skidoo-safety support where needed


Day 1 - Arrival and transfer to Tagish
In the morning, you will be picked up at the hotel or at the airport upon arrival in Whitehorse and shuttled to Tagish. Arrived at your destination, you meet your musher guides and your dogteam. Time to gear up! You'll take a ride in the sled as a passenger across the frozen lake to reach your destination for today - remote Tagish Wilderness Lodge. After an approx. 1 hour journey, you will be welcomed by your Swiss hosts Sarah and Gebhard who have a hot cup of tea and some home baked goodies ready for you. Time to settle in and watch and learn from the mushers as they settle their team in for the night at the Lodge.

Day 2 - Dogsledding 101 - learning the ropes
Feeding, harnessing, massaging, putting booties on....all those things you will learn from our professional mushers and guides. Take your time and get acquainted with your dogteam, they are going to work for you the following days! After the introduction, you'll be heading out with your own dogteam for an introductory tour. 

Day 3 - Dogsledding
Your first full day on the sled - enjoy the vastness of this country, listen to the panting of your canine athletes while they take you to even more remote places along the lake. Under way, you stop for a hot trapper's lunch and give your team a rest.

Don't miss going out at night to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

Itinerary Option:
add a night of Winter Camping to experience the real life as a musher! Accommodation in heated arctic tent including all necessary gear. 
See below for pricing. 

Day 4 - Dogsledding
Now almost an expert yourself, you'll ride your team on another excursion throught the untouched winter wonderland. We may add a bit more challenging trails today to test your abilities :-). A visit to the herbal sauna is a welcome treat for you tonight!

Day 5 - Departure for Tagish and onto Whitehorse
You get your team ready to head back to Tagish where you say goodbye to your new friends, two and four-legged. Shuttle transfer from Tagish Lake Kennel to Whithorse and overnight in a downtown hotel.

Day 6 - Departure
The complimentary hotel shuttle brings you to the airport in time for your flight home.

You may want to add additional days to your dogmushing adventure or even choose to camp a night outdoors - the options are endless!

Details & Rates

Services included

  • Shuttle transfer Whitehorse-Tagish (Tagish Lake Kennel)

  • Transfer by dogsled from Tagish to the Lodge and return (approx. 1 hour per way)

  • 4 nights in private log cabin, including bedding, towels, firewood
  • All meals while at the Lodge, incl. afternoon snack
  • Use of showers, indoor toilet and luxury herbal sauna
  • 3 full days of dogsledding (1st day shorter run, includes detailed instruction by musher), including campfire lunch under way

  • Skidoo safety support and guide
  • 2 nights guided Northern Lights viewing (individual viewing possible any day thanks to secluded setting!)
  • Shuttle transfer Tagish-Whitehorse
  • 1 hotel overnight in Whitehorse
  • Rental of heavy duty winter equipment (parka, snowpants, boots, mitts, tuque, face mask)

Not included

  • Alcoholic beverages (the Lodge is licensed)

  • Personal insurance

  • 5% Goods & Services Tax (GST)

Rates 2018

Prices per person in Canadian Dollars CAD, exclusive of 5% GST

6 days/5 nights, per person: 
double occupancy: CAD 3'250.00 
solo traveler: CAD 4850.00

add winter camping:
CAD 150.00 per person

add 1 day of dogsledding AND winter camping (Tota of 7 days/6nights):
CAD 425.00 per person

Good to know...

The program is designed for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 participants.
If you have a moderate fitness level and a good feeling of balance, you will enjoy this tour. No dogmushing or wilderness experience is needed for this program. Standing on a dogsled is comparable with cross country skiing. We do request that you fill in our health form prior to signing up for a tour, so we can make sure it suits your physical condition.
Program may change without prior notice. All activities are subject to weather conditions. No refund available for activities cancelled due to act of god.
We recommend to purchase a travel/health insurance for your trip
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions prior to booking. Also, please be aware that all of our guests are required to sign a liability waiver prior to arrival at the Lodge. You will receive the waiver form together with your booking confirmation. Thank you!

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