Dec. 7, 2017

Dog Sledding now open for the season!

There are few things in life more joyful than hanging out with happy dogs. Bonus points if they're pulling you on a sled.

Cory Johnn

Mike Seehagel

Cory Johnn

Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding is now open for the season, and accepting reservations. Led by the indomitable Amanda Sinclair, who started the company back in 1998, Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding aims to reconnect people to nature, and follows trails that were once an old fur trap line, and which wind through mountain-view meadows, along ice-fringed rivers and by 200 foot tall fir trees.

My goal is just to share it with everybody. I think it’s important that everybody tries it because the day I tried it, there was no turning back. It was instant addiction.

Sinclair has worked with dogs almost constantly ever since she was 18 years old. Now with 106 Alaskan huskies under her care (not to mention two young daughters) Sinclair is busier - and happier - than ever. And there are a ton of ways to share in Amanda's love for her furry friends, for guests both young and old. Visitors can choose from a range of outings, from one hour adventures to overnight excursions.

So instead of putting a puppy under the tree, which is problematic for a number of reasons despite what Hollywood might have you believe, why not take your loved one dogsledding instead, and experience Canada’s oldest form of winter transport.

Holiday spots are already filling up, so book soon!

Browse the tour options below

The 60 Minute Musher

This tour is great for large groups, families with young children, those who want a quick taste of dogsledding or those whom might be on a time restriction. Trip includes you introduction to the dogs, orientation on how we hook up the "team" and how to drive the sled.

Moonshiners of Whiskey Creek

Follow alongside rivers by dog team through the silent undisturbed beauty of winter and all it has to offer. This is a great hands-on opportunity to venture deep into the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the crisp mountain air and the beautiful scenery that surrounds you while you warm up with a hearty trail side lunch cooked over an open campfire, hot apple cider and homemade treats. During this time you will have the opportunity to learn the history of the area and the dog sled sport as well as fuss over your new found furry friends.Transportation from Jasper available for the Moonshiners tour at 9:00 am daily.

Ghost of Cold Fire Creek

Ascend 1000 vertical feet by dog team along a 100 year old trap line. This exhilarating 4 hour tour gives you a feel at how trappers and prospectors once explored this vast mountain wilderness. Warm up with a homemade camp fire lunch at "Our Little Bit of Heaven" - a cozy log cabin alongside Small River. Now that you have a good handle on things - hold on - it’s all downhill from here!! Those who participate in this tour have the option to completely immerse themselves in all aspects of mushing. Take part in the watering, unharnessing and loading of our outstanding canine athletes after the tour! Note: This tour can be a little physically demanding as sometimes it requires "breaking trail".

Our Little Bit of Heaven

A cozy log cabin awaits your arrival, 15kms up the Small River Valley. Here you will bed down and snack the dogs before settling in. Enjoy your afternoon up the trail, whether it involves snowshoeing to the falls, relaxing in the wood fuelled sauna, or perfecting your photography skills. Gather around for great food and good cheer in the main cabin or around the fire before retiring into your warm bed of blankets for the night. Awake to the song of the huskies howl, water the dogs, and then enjoy your hot home cooked breakfast. Load up the sleds, harness your team and get ready for the sprint back down to the trailhead.

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