My experience with the Fernie Dog Sledding team certainly lived up to expectations for fun in the fresh air, and I highly recommend a trip with Colin and his Alaskan Huskies as a great way to spend a few hours or a whole day.
Last week a big blue van pulled up outside the Red Tree Lodge with 10 little noses poking out and a beautiful big handmade wooden sled on top. So exciting – I’ve been looking forward to my day out with Fernie Dog Sledding for weeks! We drove out Coal Creek Road and stopped to let the very energetic dogs out and after lots of welcoming cuddles from each of the dogs, our host Colin hooked them up to the sleds. The dogs were super excited and took off as soon as they were given the call to mush, guided by the very friendly lead dog Maya.
My friend Pamela and I each took a turn riding on the rails of the sled and steering for ourselves, which was loads of fun and far easier that we’d first imagined – cheeky Colin only tried to lose each of us once before we learned to hang on and watch where we were going instead of being lost in the scenery and the experience.
Riding on the front of the sled, right behind the dogs was great too, listening to Colin explain each of the individual dog personalities, as well as a little about the history of the route we were traveling and how he cares for and manages his family of 24 Alaskan Huskies. I was impressed with the speed and energy, and character, with which the team pulled us through the soft fresh snow, and all too soon it was time to turn around and head back down to the car.
My experience with Fernie Dog Sledding certainly lived up to expectations for fun in the fresh air and I highly recommend a trip with Colin and his Alaskan Huskies as a great way to spend a few hours or a whole day.