Sundogs Sled Excursions, photo by Celes Davar
Here's a recipe for wintertime adventure: two couples, two dogsleds
with huskies and hosts, Saskatchewan's boreal forest in crystal-white
splendor and a canvas tent with a wood heater.
Sundogs Sled Excursions, out of Christopher Lake, Saskatchewan, offers dogsledding
experiences that range from 60- to -75-minute orientation runs to
'overnighters', to 'ski and mush' trips and more.
But Brad Muir,
who operates Sundogs with partner Susan Carr, says guest participation
is key to making the most of a dogsledding experience.
"I want people to invest. . . a little bit more of themselves,''
says Muir. "That's the kind of experience I want to be part of.
You can call it an eco-tourism experience, or just sharing your
passion for things.''
A passion for dogsledding, as well as for the ecology, history
and culture of the land comprising the southern edge of Saskatchewan's
boreal forest, is something Muir and Carr have shared for years.
Both work for Parks Canada at Prince Albert National Park and both
have a deep respect and understanding for the land and its inhabitants.
Word of the full-experience excursions offered by Sundogs has attracted
the attention of visitors from as far away as France and South Africa:
"One day they were in South Africa and 48 hours later they were
on a dogsled in northern Canada,'' says Muir. He adds the majority
of Sundogs' clients are people from Saskatchewan who bring visiting
friends or relatives to enjoy this unique outdoor activity.
Muir's business, and his high regard for nature, led to a partnership
arrangement with Deb Greening, of Land of the Loon Resort at Anglin
Lake. Through Sundogs, Greening offers her winter guests a quality
dogsledding experience that begins right at the resort - Muir can
transport the dogs and sleds to any one of several trail heads in
the region. Sundogs uses Greening's catering services to provide
meals for longer outings, and her facilities to provide on-site
interpretation and orientation.
"We have a lot in common as far as our philosophy about tourism
goes - like sustainable tourism and eco-tourism,'' says Muir. "That
works really nicely for us.''
Sundogs is the only company in Saskatchewan, and one of only a
few in western Canada, to specialize in dogsledding packages. However,
dogsledding is available by arrangement at other locations, as well.
Here's a listing of operators who offer dogsledding:
Sundogs Sled Excursions, Christoper Lake, near Prince Albert
National Park. Phone: (306) 989-2041; Fax: (306) 982-3000.
Land of the Loon Resort, Anglin Lake, adjacent to Prince
Albert National Park. Phone: (306) 982-4478; Fax: (306) 982-4489.
CanoeSki Discovery Company, based in Saskatoon. Phone or
fax: (306) 653-5693.
Delta Discovery, in the Cumberland House region of northeast
Saskatchewan. Phone: (306) 653-4606; Fax: (306) 653-7616.
Minowokaw Lodge and Joe's Cabins, Candle Lake. Phone: (306)
Rocky View Lodge, Inc., in the Amisk Lake region of northeast
Saskatchewan. Phone: (toll free) 1-888-997-6259; Fax: (306) 362-2443.
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