"GO DOGSLEDDING!" Winter sports Tip by Radiomom
Winter sports, Quebec: 4 reviews and 3 photos
The highlight of our trip was a half-day on a dog-sled trip out in the Charlevoix. The company was Huskey Adventures, and I'd booked them over the web. They even recommended a near-by gite where we could stay the night before, which worked out wonderfully. Turned out we were the first people they took out that season (snow was late that year).
When we arrived at their location, we found it was their house. They brought us all in and told us -- oh, you will need warmer clothing than this -- then pulled out these huge padded overalls, and long leather mittens (which even covered the cast on my arm!). Extra warm socks to supplement what we already wore. Then they put us on sleds behind snowmobiles to drive up the hill to where the dogs and sleds would be put together. The dogs were so excited to be going out! It was just the four of us and two guides, one -- Johnny Dufour -- was the owner and Mario was a forest ranger who helped out. There were three sleds, each with a team of dogs, and everyone (except for me :-( because of my broken wrist) would get a chance to mush as well as ride. One last 'ting' Johnny warned us solemnly: 'Do you know sh*t?' We all nodded yes. 'If you see a dog lift his leg, don't worry...but if he stops and squats....you must step on zee break, trow up your arm to signal the team behind you and stop!' It would be important to stop because the sleds could plow into the team and disaster would be the result. We had a fabulous time. It was like there were no roads or houses or anything but beautiful hills and rolling countryside. We stopped once mid-way to drink some coffee, and check all the gear. At the finish, Johnny and Mario told us, 'Most important now, you must thank the dogs.' Which we did! Huskeys have beautiful expressive faces and simply seem to be grinning back at you. Every single one was thanked with pats and hugs.
othercontact: PP cost was about $50 US
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