We had such an amazing time dog sledding back in December, that we put it on our 2014 list too. We went back to Haliburton Forest this Sunday; this time we did the 3 hour half-day tour, and totally lucked out being the only ones going out. It was significantly colder than December (-15C compared to 0C), which combined with going out first thing in the morning meant the dogs were a lot feistier and had a ton of energy. The longer trail was amazing, combining wooded paths, steep hills (mildly terrifying going down those), and long stretches across beautiful frozen lakes.
Our guide Cameron was amazing; answering all of our questions at the hot chocolate breaks we made along the way, telling us stories about the area and the dogs. Both times we went out, the guides told us “Whatever happens, happens. Just enjoy the experience”, and it’s the best advice. It’s such an amazing experience (I bailed out of the sled near the beginning and got dizzy from the cold at the end and still loved it), and the dogs have so much character and are so fun to work with.
All in all, another amazing adventure. We can’t wait to go back next winter!
Details: Haliburton Forest location and hours can be found here. In addition to winter activities, they also have summer camping, a tree canopy course, and mountain biking trails. I really can’t say enough good things about the staff and the experience we had on both our visit, and highly recommend it.