The winter months in Canada can be dreadful, however if you get outside and make the most of it the cold season can actually be a ton of fun. In January I had the chance to go dog sledding while gathering content for The Weather Network. It was the best work day, to say the least. We went out with North Ridge Ranch in Huntsville Ontario. If you're looking for dog sledding places, they rock!
We went on the half day tour with North Ridge Ranch - the owners Brad & Leah were amazing hosts. We felt confident on the trail after a tutorial at the beginning, basically outlining what to do & what not to do if you want to stay ON the sled! Being an animal person & a dog lover seeing the teams so happy was super special. As you can see below in all the pictures, the dogs loved the attention. You could really tell they love their jobs. And, as owner & musher Brad said to me "it's like going on that crazy adventure with all your best buds. Each day these sled dogs are on the adventure they love with their best pals."
Dog sledding is something you have to try if you haven't already. It's an amazing sport, and these dogs are so talented. They have a connection that allows them to communicate so clearly with their team, and their leader being the person on the back of the sled. For me, it was really great to be back on a sled. My parents had a dog sled team when I was a kid!
At North Ridge Ranch you get the full experience. And, I'm not just saying that. We learned so much and also had a great time. We learned the proper way to ride the sled, the history of the sport and could see why people fall in love with it. You and your partner are on the sled yourself too. One will sit in the sled while the other rides on the back!
Check out the videos below for a better idea of what the experience was like, also you'll find out how the husky has evolved through time to become the 'super dog'. And, ever wondered how they stay warm? Believe it or not, their ideal temperature to run in is -20 to -30 !!