Driving A Dog Sled In Mont-Tremblant

In the intro to my Old Faithful post a couple of weeks ago, I revealed I was snowmobiling in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, at the time. As it turned out, snowmobiling was just one of the modes of transport we got to experience while we were there…

IMG_2180We also got to travel by gondola (the aerial kind, not the boat)…

IMG_2206We went snowshoeing, to get a bit of exercise…

IMG_2154But by far the most fun form of transportation we got to experience was dog sledding!

Our morning with Alaskan Adventure (located just outside Arundel, QC) started with introductions, as we escorted the dogs out to their sleds. Their welcome was so genuine and full of energy, it was clear they couldn’t wait to be off!

Rich getting a cuddle (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

Rich getting a cuddle (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

Sue getting a kiss (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

Sue getting a kiss (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

Then came the biggest surprise of the day… we weren’t just riding in the sleighs, we were going to get to drive them ourselves! (Well, the human members of our party were, Gravee and I are a little too small for that sort of thing!)

Although our fantastic guides gave constant instructions and advice, we were on our own aboard the sled. It was an incredible experience to barrel through the falling snow, just us and the dogs enthusiastically pulling us.

Look at that concentration! (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

Look at that concentration! (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

This is so much fun! (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

This is so much fun! (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

Heading up the hill (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

Heading up the hill (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

Like something from a Jack London novel (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

Like something from a Jack London novel (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

Looks like Rich does this every day, doesn't it?! (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

Looks like Rich does this every day, doesn’t it?! (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

I can only imagine how much more fun it must have been for Rich and Sue, as they took turns controlling the sled, encouraging our lead dogs with cries of, “Allez up-up-up, Bella! Good dog, Boum-Boum!”

Sue's turn! (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

Sue’s turn! (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

I got this (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

I got this (photo by Alaskan Adventure)

My view of the adventure

My view of the adventure

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At the end of the run, we got to thank our pups with treats, before showering them with tummy rubs in their living compound.

Thanking Boum-Boum and Bella

Thanking Boum-Boum and Bella

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Treat time for Winona and Toundra

Treat time for Winona and Toundra

As I understand, most dog sledding operations are a little nervous about letting guests interact with their dogs, for fear of an incident. But Annette, Sonia and Maxim positively encouraged us to get close to their dogs, many of whom are rescues. This unexpected intimacy made the experience all the more memorable.

Sue giving Patches some love

Sue giving Patches some love

Jeff and Kathleen with Nemo, one of Alaskan Adventures current litter of puppies

Jeff and Kathleen with Nemo, one of Alaskan Adventures current litter of puppies

Mallory's a bit shy

Mallory’s a bit shy

Unalaq isn't!

Unalaq isn’t!

And Wakiza wants to dance

And Wakiza wants to dance

A big thank you to all at Alaskan Adventure for a wonderful morning, especially our canine companions: Puce & Nayak, Winona & Toundra, and our lead dogs, Bella & Boum-Boum.

IMG_6072This post was inspired by this week’s Cee’s Which Way Challenge.

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18 Responses to Driving A Dog Sled In Mont-Tremblant

  1. Norm 2.0 says:

    Looks like a lot of fun guys 🙂

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Such a fun and cold entry for this week. Looks like a lot of fun.

  3. DailyMusings says:

    wow! what a wonderfully awesome experience. Thanks for sharing

  4. dimlamp says:

    WOW! Ya have to love those dogs! 🙂

  5. This looks amazing! I would love to go dog sledding (though I think Choppy would prefer to ride around on one than to be stuck pulling one!).

  6. jpeggytaylor says:

    Dog sledding looks like a wonderful fun adventure! We used to meet a malamute as we walked home from school. She was a rescue – and after some loving care from the couple who’d adopted her, she became a beautiful dog.

  7. Sue says:

    Crazy boating one week and dog sledding the next! Fun! Definitely will have to try this too!

  8. Wow, what an adventure. It must have been so much fun. Thanks so much for sharing this post with me.

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