Dog-powered transportation has been used for hunting and travel for many centuries. Before they began to use dog teams during the fur trade, Aboriginal peoples in Canada used dogs only as pack animals. The Inuit may have used dog teams well before the fur trade.
Dog sledding takes place in all regions of Canada with an abundance of snow. Any dog that is of sufficient size, strength and weight could be used, but it has to be trained for running in a team.
How to play
It takes time to train a dog for running in a dog team, and it takes more than one or two dogs to build a team. It is probably easier to find an outfitter who will take you dog sledding rather than to invest in the dogs, the equipment, and the time and effort in order to try this uniquely Canadian activity. A fun variation on this activity is skijoring. The skier wears a skijoring harness which is connected to the dog's harness by a tow line, and the dog pulls the skier. Another variation is the kicksled, similar to a dog sled, but without the dog. Kick sleds are human-propelled sleds.
- Harness (1 per dog) and tug lines
- Winter clothing
Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.
No adaptations are required to enjoy this activity for those with a visual impairment except a sighted guide.
No adaptations need to be made to this activity to enjoy it to the fullest.
Dog sledding can be enjoyed by all. There are different types of sleds that accommodate riders to have the full experience. Assistance should be made available should there be any transfer help required.