Sled dogs, Cantons-de-l’Est © TQ/Vlan Communication

Dogsledding

A traditional mode of transport in the Great White North, the dogsled puts you in touch with nature as it lets you bond in a special way with man’s best friend. Once you’re off and running atop the virgin snow, the silence is broken only by the panting of your canine companions, racing ahead at full throttle. Québec is the perfect place to try your hand at this one-of-a-kind activity: there’s no shortage of wide-open spaces and the dogs are in their element!

Dogsledding at a glance

Outings of several hours or guided excursions lasting one to seven days are available in most regions of Québec. Nights are spent in a tepee, rustic cottage or something a little more upscale. It goes without saying that warm clothing is a must! Some operators will teach you how to drive the sled yourself with the help of a professional guide, also known as a “musher.”

Dogsled teams normally consist of four to nine dogs, generally Siberian huskies or Alaskan malamutes. Other breeds include the Greenland or Eskimo dog and various crossbreeds like the Alaskan husky.