REF: PKT 2 DOGSLED 5
DOGSLEDDING IN QUEBEC, IN THE WILDERNESS
PHOTOGRAPHS, DESCRIPTION AND PRICE
VIDEO OF DOGSLEDDING
"OVERVIEW" HAS INFORMATION FOR ALL PACKAGES, INCLUDING A WAY TO REDUCE THEIR PRICES
PACKAGE 2. DOGSLEDDING 5
DOG SLEDDING IN QUEBEC, IN THE WILDERNESS, OFF THE BEATEN TRACK CLOSE TO NATURE "AWAY FROM THE STRESS OF URBAN LIFE"
7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS: 5 DAYS DOGSLEDDING
EXPERIENCE of handling a dogsled is NOT necessary
WELL ESTABLISHED PACKAGE FOR MANY YEARS
EACH SUNDAY FROM LATE DECEMBER, UNTIL EARLY APRIL
MEETING IN QUEBEC CITY SUNDAYS. RETURN TO QUEBEC CITY SATURDAYS
(or you may come to our base by car and pay a reduced price: see details below).
7 days 6 nights
1 GUIDE with a MAXIMUM of 4 dogsleds (teams of dogs)
5 days dogsledding.
1 day introduction near to our base
4 days expedition in the forest with guide(s)
SECURITY. We have satellite phones
Adventure "away from it all" GETTING CLOSE TO NATURE IN THE WILDERNESS, this is it! We are doing more than just crossing the wide open spaces of the boreal forest. We are getting close to nature, in the wilderness, by using dogsleds that were the traditional modes of travel of the American Indians, and the fur traders.
Drive your own team of dogs on a carpet of snow in the beautiful immense wilderness of the boreal forest, frozen lakes and rivers north of Lac Saint Jean in northern Quebec. The silence of nature, broken only by the panting of the dogs at full speed: often under a blue sky, the moon and stars at night; and sometimes the "aurora borealis" (northern lights).
The routes are chosen to be suitable for the profiles of the participants. Emphasis is placed on their progress in driving the sled dogs, so that they become at ease and confident and «autonomous" with their team of dogs.
Mindful of the profiles of the participants, the routes followed are designed according to two criteria: to introduce the activities over different terrains, and to explore the
various aspects of the boreal forest.For this we rarely take the prepared trails, but go on forest trails that allow us to cross the forest, frozen lakes and rivers, without meeting anyone,
and providing an immersion deeper in to the wilderness, in the heart of the forest.
SUNDAY QUEBEC CITY TO THE BASE NORTH OF LAC SAINT JEAN
In the afternoon, your guide will meet you in Quebec City (airport or hotel) to take you in a minivan to the base camp. You travel to the "great north" through the immense Laurentian Fauna (animal) Reserve, having your first view of the Canadian wilderness. At the base camp,on the edge of the forest, you will find a simple warm and comfortable double room in a CHALET.
The base camp is north of Lake Saint Jean (Lac Saint Jean), on the edge of an immense wilderness, dotted with lakes and crossed by several rivers. There, the paved roads end, and the adventure in the wilderness begins. Awaiting you is the vast snow covered forest scattered with lakes and rivers: the great north in all of its winter glory.
At the camp, you will have a warm reception from us and the dogs, that contrasts with the cold but splendid climate of the region. You will probably be impressed by the snowy landscape, with the silence only broken by the welcome of barking of dogs, and the howling of wolves.
A short walk from the chalets you can observe packs of different kinds of wolves, in a very large enclosure. We would be very pleased to explain their behaviour in their hierarchical society.
The base camp is the starting point for your expedition. You will drive a harness of 4/5 dogs (3 for young adolescents) for five days, in a beautiful landscape, usually in fluffy deep snow, under a variety of trees, and across frozen lakes and rivers.
MONDAY: MEET THE HUSKIES: INTRODUCTION TO DOG SLEDDING
After breakfast, you receive boots, and meet the dogs at their kennels. A spontaneous welcome greets you. It is quite fascinating to discover that each dog behaves differently.
You receive instruction on handling them, followed by a tour in the forest, over frozen lakes and rivers, as did trappers years ago. At noon, we stop for lunch in the open (an excellent hot meal grilled on a wood burning stove), before we return to the chalet for the evening meal. During the evening, there is time to have a sauna, to go to see the wolves, and/or perhaps to take a short walk on snowshoes or a snow scooter, before retiring for the night.
TUESDAY-FRIDAY: DOG SLEDDING EXPEDITION IN THE WILDERNESS
THE HEART OF THE HOLIDAY
We leave the base with sleds loaded with equipment. The schedule may vary from one expedition to another, due to weather conditions, snow, and quality of ice covering the lakes. However, a typical day is described below:
A TYPICAL DAY DURING THE EXPEDITION
On a cold morning, it is sometimes difficult to come out of a warm shelter!. Nevertheless, the scenery is often impressive, a cloudless sky, with the lights of the moon and twinkling stars (and occasionally the northern lights), reflected on the snow, in the silence of the forest, yet to be broken by the barking of the dogs: The Majesty of Nature!
After a copious breakfast, it is the time to harness the dog teams. The dogs are already manifesting their desire to go, as they pull impatiently on their ropes. Finally, we are ready to leave for our adventure in the white wilderness, with its magnificent scenery. We soon disappear in the deep forest for a trip of 20 to 30 kilometres (12 to 18 miles).
At noon, we light a fire, have a hot meal, and enjoy a welcome rest, as do the dogs.
During the afternoon, we reach the next halt, having discovered more ways of handling the dogsled in the forest, and on the frozen lakes and rivers.
In the early evening, we remove the harnesses, check the dogs' legs and feet, and feed them. Also, we must break the ice on the lake, for water, collect wood and light the stove: the real life of a woodsman!. You may wish to try snowshoeing to explore the " magical" northern nocturnal environment under the stars. Then, before retiring to bed, enjoy a hot meal and convivial conversation around a fire.
At night, you will have the opportunity to sleep in different kinds of shared shelters, all heated with a wood burning stove, and spaces to eat and sleep. During the forest.
The fourth day of the expedition, we return to the base camp, in the afternoon, and take the dogs back to their kennels. You are now a "real musher", and may regret leaving them to return to your chalet, to eat and sleep!
SATURDAY DEPART FOR QUEBEC CITY.
Copious breakfast, before being taken back to Quebec City
NOTE: The schedule may be modified for reasons of security, weather, and/or unforeseen circumstances. Also, at the end of the season, if snow conditions require it, the expedition will start from a chalet further north, on the shore of a lake.
TRANSPORT to and from the Base Camp and Quebec City, in a minibus.
DAY 1 ARRIVE at our base.
DAY 2 DOGSLEDDING instruction near the base.
DAYS 3 - 6 DOGSLEDDING EXPEDITION
DAY 7 RETURN TO QUEBEC CITY.
DOGSLED and team of dogs per person, for FIVE DAYS of 5-6 hours with the dogs.
PORTAGE: All the material, food and luggage are transported on dog sleds.
MEALS: (full board) DAY 2 (am). - DAY 7 (am). Homemade meals with Quebec specialities.
FOOD: Abundant and varied of the region, a way to become acquainted with the Quebec culture
ACCOMMODATION: Days 1.2.6. Chalet (double rooms) warm and comfortable. Sauna at the base. Days 3.4,5. (Expedition) ACCOMMODATION SHARED: "Prospector" tent with a wood burning stove and a spruce carpet, log cabin, YURT, with a wood burning stove. “Fur Trader type" with large spaces to eat and sleep.
SAUNA: at the base and the log cabin
ITINERARY ADAPTED to the profiles of the participants and the circumstances.
ACCENT ON THE PROGRESS of the clients in handling their teams of dogs in order to become comfortable and ‘autonomous’ with their equipment.
CLOTHING special boots for the cold
ACCESS to trails, snowshoes and snow scooters
1 GUIDE with a MAXIMUM of 4 dogsleds
GUIDES: PASSIONATE professional guide(s), with excellent knowledge of wildlife, able to offer YOU an experience close to nature. Members of our professional team have extensive experience,
profound knowledge of the terrain where we operate and the qualifications needed to supervise the activities proposed. They have the knowledge and tools necessary for your safety: CPR, advanced first
aid in remote areas, wilderness survival, telephone, map, compass and GPS. Also, the company is part of Quebec Ecotourism and meets all of the current standards of quality and safety
HEALTH: PREGNANT WOMEN may NOT go dog sledding.
EXPERIENCE of handling a dogsled is NOT necessary
ATTITUDE: love of dogs, and a desire to experience living close to nature, in winter, in a small group.
DOGSLED ALONE: minimum age 13.
THE SCHEDULE may be modified for reasons of security, weather, and/or unforeseen circumstances.
NOTE: To recover from “jet lag”, it is advisable, relaxing and enjoyable to arrive on a Saturday (or before) and spend a night or two in Quebec City, before the holiday.
We can suggest accommodation in Quebec City
* PRICES FROM $1450.00 (Canadian) ALL TAXES INCLUDED
* Reduction if you come come to our base,
OVERVIEW HAS INFORMATION FOR ALL PACKAGES.
REF: PKT 2 DOGSLED 5
DOGSLEDDING IN THE WILDERNESS
NOTE: STAYING IN QUEBEC CITY BEFORE AND AFTER THE
When you arrange your trip to Quebec City, to recover from “jet lag”, we suggest that you spend a night or two there, so that you can relax before and after your active holiday. and enjoy seeing its attractions. Quebec City is Canada's oldest city and a World Heritage Site. This beautiful and historic capital city of the province is often called "the cradle” of French civilization. You could wander in the old part of this walled city, including the fortifications on the Plains of Abraham (site of the battle for Quebec City in 1759, between the English and the French). Then, to see more of the charms of the City, you could ride in a horse-drawn carriage, and/or stroll along its cobblestone streets, where boutiques in ancient stone buildings nestle beside churches and monuments, artists sketch portraits,as you watch, and a wide variety of restaurants offer you enticing menus to dine in this French Canadian gastronomic centre. We can suggest accommodation in Quebec City.