Overnight Dog Sled Trip to the Arctic Loon Cabin
$650 per person plus GST
Take a tour by dog team to our outpost cabin located about 17 kilometers from Inuvik. This guided tour starts around 1 pm from the Arctic Chalet husky kennels. We travel for about 2 hours on a scenic trail that ends at the Outpost Cabin nestled up in some beautiful hills overlooking a tranquil lake. At this wonderfully secluded retreat you can totally unwind and connect with nature.
The cabin is spacious and comfortable and has a loft that can sleep 4-5 people and it also has two small bedrooms with a bunk bed in each. In addition there is a large bedroom with a double bed. There is a separate room for the guides. Warm bedding is provided and the two wood stoves keep the cabin cozy. The cabin is equipped with a nice kitchen and an indoor toilet "honey bucket" - No outhouse!
When you arrive at the cabin you can enjoy a hot evening meal and if you request it you may be able to relax in our cedar outdoor hot tub where you have a nice view of the lake and surrounding hills. Hopefully during your stay you will see the spectacular Aurora Borealis away from all city lights. After breakfast the next morning your guide will take you snowshoeing through a "winter wonderland". Then it's back to the cabin for lunch and preparing for the return trip with the dogs. On this tour we can accommodate up to 5 people with one dog team each . For larger groups we can combine dog sledding with snowmobiling. In this case half of the group would snowmobile one way and the other half would go out by dog team and then switch for the return trip. (For the quiet enjoyment of those driving dogs the two groups would not travel together.)
*Please note that the overnight tour price includes snowshoeing at the cabin, 3 meals, overnight lodging with bedding and two half-days of dog sledding. The hot tub experience is available to those who want to use it for an extra fee of $100. Please request thehot tub if your are interested.
What to expect on your Dog Sled Tour
When you arrive you will be given a standard out-door adventure waiver to read and sign stating that you participate in our dog sledding tours at your own risk. Then you will pay by credit card or cash and get outfitted in one of our high quality northern anoraks. (You still need to bring your warmest clothing and we will layer you up as needed). You will then be briefed on how to safely drive a dog team. Each person will have 4-6 dogs. On our tour you will experience the thrill of commanding your leaders to CHEE and CHA down our trail system! No one sits in your sled so driving is much easier. If someone is not able to physically drive, we will supply a driver and that person can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. If you have children under 10 years of age they can go for free in your sled or we can drive them for the fee of one adult's dog team. Children over 10 can drive their own little dog team! When booking your tour please tell us what level of physical activity you would classify yourself as: Non-active, Semi-active, Very active or athletic.
Dog sledding commands to Learn:
CHEE = Turn right
CHA = Turn left
Photo by Terry Parker
Husky Day Trip to the Cabin
$485 per person
Drive a team of huskies through some beautiful countryside to our secluded Arctic Loon outpost cabin in the hills above a tranquil lake. At the cabin you can snowshoe on our scenic snowshoe trail, relax by the wood stove and enjoy a hot lunch. On the return trip each person can choose to drive their dog team back or to drive a snowmobile back to the Arctic Chalet. The trip by dog team is about 2 hours each way and the return by snowmobile is about 1 hour. Time at the cabin is about 2-4 hours. Total tour time 5-6 hours
Dempster Highway & Arctic Dog Sledding Package with the "Kindred Spirits of the North"
March 20 - 28, 2018
$3,750.00 per person GST extra
Olav picks you up for Whitehorse to Dawson drive. Stay overnight in a nice hotel in Dawson City
Drive from Dawson to Inuvik, overnight (in a comfy full-service cabin)
Dogsled to the Loon Cabin & overnight comfortably off the grid
Dogsled back to Arctic Chalet, overnight
Rest day for Judi, Olav & dogs. You drive to Tuk and back in our rental car on the new Inuvik Tuk Highway.
Dogsled to Jimmy Lake Island camp. Overnight @ camp
Dogsled north in the area. Overnight @ camp
Dogsled return to Arctic Chalet and Inuvik
Fly south back to Whitehorse
Notes: The Dempster Highway can close at any time in the winter when there are high winds and drifting snow or for other problems. You will need some extra days built into your schedule to accommodate for these circumstances as there could be delays. There are no refunds if weather prevents any one of our activities or road trips, but we will provide you with an alternate activity if possible. If road conditions are bad between Whitehorse and the start of the Dempster Highway on the day that you are scheduled to start your drive north we may consider reversing your itinerary and fly you to Inuvik and drive you back down - or the tour may leave the next day. A $1050 non-refundable deposit per person will be required at the time of booking. The balance of the cost of the package will be due February 1st, 2018.
What’s included in this package?
Airport shuttles and transportation to and from Inuvik
1 night accommodations in Dawson City
Accommodations at the Arctic Chalet & remote camps (7 nights)
Winter parkas, boots & snow pants
What is not included?
Meals and snacks
The Fabulous Fun Run
$160 per person
This is a an exiting tour on our multi-track trail system that includes traveling through a variety of scenic landscapes. It is a suitable tour for almost anyone in reasonably good health between the age of 10 and 70! The actual run is about an hour but you should allow about 2.5 hours of time for the entire session including preparation time.
The Scenic Delta Tour
$250 per person
Enjoy exploring the Mackenzie Delta by dog team in the traditional traveling style. Compared to the Fun Run this is a longer, quieter and more relaxing tour where you can enjoy some spectacular natural scenery to its fullest. You will be following your guide's team onto the Mackenzie River and down some beautiful creeks, then onto a big lake and return through the Boreal forest. You will see the Mackenzie Delta in its pristine glory. If you have already experienced the Fabulous Fun Run and want to try a different route you will really enjoy this one. Once you hit the trail the tour is about to 1.5 - 2 hrs long.
Half-day Tour with a Campfire Lunch (very popular)
$350 per person
This tour takes you across some lakes and through some scenic forests and creeks. You will experience a delightful time with our beautiful huskies as you travel through the pristine countryside. At Picnic Lake you will enjoy a hot lunch around a campfire and spend an hour or more with the huskies resting. This is a good way to photograph the dogs up close and enjoy petting them. Total tour time is about 3-4 hours.
JUDI'S POPULAR PHOTO PACKAGE may be available as an add-on to any of the following tours starting in February when there is enough sunlight for good action shots. For safety reasons our guest mushers are not allowed to take pictures during the run unless they have a Go-pro attached to their body. There is one place that we stop along the way and guests can take their own pictures. If you would like the photo package, Judi will get some great shots of each person in action. The charge is $20 per person photographed and after the tour the best pictures of the run will be put onto one CD for the group to share. Persons opting not to get photos will not appear in any pictures. The first CD is free. There is a $10 charge for burning the photos onto each additional CD. If you would like your photos put on a USB or card please bring one with you and we will transfer the photos. Please request the photo package when you book your tour.
Dog Sledding Day Trips
Half-day Trip for Two people to See the Reindeer Herd
Guided tour up the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway and to the herd by snowmobile (Herd cannot be seen from the highway). $500 per person plus GST
Welcome to dog sledding at its best! At least that is what many people who have done dog sledding elsewhere have told us after doing one of our tours. What sets us apart are the friendly dogs, who are not just equipment, but family, which means that our guests can interact well with them. Also our unique trail systems, the quality of our trails and the fact that each person can drive their own little team of huskies without someone else sitting in their sled and trading off makes our tour special. Of course those who are frail or physically unable to do that can opt to sit in the sled with one of our drivers on any one of our shorter tours. The trails have been purposely designed to be scenic and to include hills, forests, open areas, the river and picturesque little creeks making this the best dog sledding tour you may ever do!
We also offer guided snowmobile tours and provide snowmobiles that are easy for beginners to drive themselves. Choose from any of the tours below and we can customize a package for you that will include airport and town shuttles and accommodations in cozy cabins with indoor plumbing, kitchenettes and TV for those who "need" it.
Sorry! No dog sledding or other tours available on Saturday. It's a God-given Biblical rest day for animals and humans ... and we respect that.
We accept Cash, Debit, Visa, Master Card, Discover & Amex. Our prices are based on groups of 2-6 people. Singles pay $25 extra on our day trips. GST tax (5%) will be added to all prices which are quoted in Canadian Dollars. You Americans get a good deal!
Snowmobile Tour to the Arctic Loon Secluded Cabin
$250 per person
Drive a snowmobile to the cabin and back for about 1 hour travel time each way. By the fireside you can enjoy a light lunch of soup and bread and hot chocolate, hot apple or an herbal tea! Tour time 3.5 hours
Snowmobile Day Trip to see the Reindeer Herd
$500 per person plus GST - Group Rate 3 people minimum
Come with us on an exciting Arctic adventure to visit the spectacular Canadian Reindeer Herd in their winter grazing area. For this tour you will need to be very warmly dressed! Each person will be driving a snowmobile on this guided tour from Inuvik in the Mackenzie Delta up to the beautiful Arctic tundra where these animals spend the winter. This trip takes about 2-3 hours each way depending on trail conditions and driving speed. We will have a hot lunch around a campfire. For those not capable of driving the whole distance we have another option for getting to the herd. We can drive you up to the tundra in a warm vehicle and then snowmobile a shorter distance to the herd and back. Arctic trails can at times be somewhat challenging in cold and windy conditions and weather patterns can change along the way requiring some flexibility. Make sure you are dressed up in many layers and come well-prepared for an Arctic experience! Check out the information below about the snowmobiling gear that is required. Also available as a Helicopter tour.
Dog Sledding and Snowmobile Gear
We provide dog sledding gear at an extra cost of $25/day but please bring your own warm layers to wear underneath. Our parkas are top quality SKOOKUM BRAND anoraks, beautifully designed and made in the north. These anoraks layer well over your down jacket and other layers. We will also put you into a pair of our fabulous STEGER MUKLUKS and some really warm beaver mitts and snow pants. If you are dog sledding here for a week or so you might want to order your own mukluks from mukluks.com and take them home after your adventures in the north.
If you want to wear your own snow boots they must be rated to at least -80C or -100C. The number is just an insulation rating, not a temperature rating. The -35C boots are not warm enough for even -20C temperatures. We recommend several packs of hand and toe warmers such as HOT SHOTS or GRABBERS which you can purchase in sport stores and other places. We also have them here for sale for $5 a pair. You will need at least two pairs of warm socks with wool in them - preferably a thin and a thicker pair to wear inside your boots. You can sandwich your toe warmers between your sock layers before the start of your tour. It is difficult to put them in your boots out in the cold. Also they will not warm up unless you put them on inside in a warm place.
The Husky Dog Sledding Adventure
Cabin to Cabin Dog Mushing
First Trip March 21-28
$2890 per person plus GST
This package is designed for healthy adventurous, active people who would like to travel in the north with real Arctic huskies from one heated destination to another. Winter camping in comfort! Each person is given a dog team to drive. Two side trips are included in the package. One is to see the Canadian Reindeer Herd and one is to drive the new road to Tuktoyaktuk up on the Arctic Ocean.
Airport welcome and shuttle to Arctic Chalet
Check into a cabin
Do an introductory dog sled tour to get acquainted with your dogs
Short town of Inuvik tour
Travel to the Arctic Loon Cabin with the dogs (2.5 hour run). Enjoy some some snowshoeing and possibly relax in the outdoor hot tub (extra fee of $100 per group). Spend the night in the heart of nature. Comfort without electricity or running water!
Dogsled back to the Chalet.
Enjoy a hot shower & spend the night in your full-service cabin.
Rest day for us and dogs. You will drive to Tuk and back on the new highway in one of our vehicles.
Travel up onto the tundra with the dogs to the Jimmy Lake Camp (5 hour run with a 1-hour rest). Overnight in a heated tent.
Snowmobile to the reindeer herd (dogs stay at camp and rest) or dog sled in the area.
Return to the camp and spend some time playing with the dogs before chores.
Overnight again in the tents.
Travel with the dogs back to the Chalet. Enjoy a good shower!
Stay in a full-service cabin at the Arctic Chalet.
Check out, shuttle to the airport and fly out.
This package includes the following:
Meals at the outpost cabin, tent camp & while traveling with dogs
Shared accommodations for 7 nights in a standard cabin or heated tent
Bedding and towels in cabins are supplied
Transportation to Inuvik & the airport from the Arctic Chalet
Use of dog teams, sleds and equipment, snowmobiles & snowshoes and guiding services
For dog sledding and snowmobiling we will supply a winter parka, snow pants, fur mitts and boots so you can stay warm while playing outside in the snow!
Optional: You can bring a sleeping bag or bag liner to put inside one of our larger, warmer bags.
Clients must be reasonably physically fit, active and without serious health issues.
We encourage you to get travel insurance in case there are delays in your tour schedule due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
The single supplement is $250 per person.
You may add on extra nights of accommodations if you like.
A booking fee of $1000 will be charged to your credit card at the time of booking (non-refundable). The balance will be charged to your credit card 30 days ahead of arrival (non-refundable).
For dog sledding and snowmobiling we will supply a winter parka, fur mitts, snow pants and warm breathable mukluks so you an stay comfortable while playing outside in the snow! If you would like to purchase your own Steger mukluks for dog sledding you can order a pair on-line before the trip at mukluks.com. These are the most comfortable boots you will ever wear in the snow!
Overnight Dog Sled Trips and Packages
ASSUMPTION OF RISKS, RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT FOR THE ARCTIC CHALET LTD.
Thank you for choosing to join one of our dog sledding or snowmobiling tours. We are proud of our efforts to promote the safety and enjoyment of our clients. Before you participate, you should know and appreciate the hazards which are inherent in taking part in a dog team or snowmobile activity. By signing this statement, you acknowledge these hazards and accept responsibility for your own welfare. By signing this statement you also acknowledge that you are participating in this activity as a result of your own freely made and fully informed decision and acknowledge that you are not aware of any medical conditions which should prevent you from taking part in this activity.
ASSUMPTION OF RISKS BY PARTICIPANT
By signing this Agreement, I acknowledge that I am aware that participating in this activity involves accepting the inherent and other risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity, including, but not limited to:
1. problems relating to the use of the dogs and snowmobiles;
2. weather related hazards which may prevent a return to the lodge at the scheduled time, and may include exposure to cold temperatures and snow;
3. acts, omissions or negligence of the Arctic Chalet or other persons;
4. my own conduct or negligence, as well as the conduct or negligence of other participants;
5. contact with bushes, trees, animals and other obstacles; and
6. conditions of the roads, trails and other terrain.
7. problems resulting from the use of the equipment;
8. Please note: We do not provide helmets for either activity.
By signing this Agreement I agree to assume these risks and the consequences that may flow from them (which may include sickness, injury and death).
RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT
In consideration of the Arctic Chalet allowing me to participate in this activity, and agreeing to provide equipment, facilities and the services of its agents, employees or other people, I agree as follows:
1. TO RELEASE the Arctic Chalet from any and all liability for any loss, damage, expense or injury (including death) that I may suffer, or that my next of kin may suffer, as a result of my participation in this activity, due to any cause whatsoever, including, without limitation, breach of contract, or breach of any statutory or other duty of care on the part of the Arctic Chalet (including, without limitation, negligence on the part of the Arctic Chalet). “Negligence” under this Agreement includes lack of care, attention or diligence on the part of the Arctic Chalet with respect to my participation in any dogsled activity operated by the Arctic Chalet.
2. TO WAIVE AND ALL CLAIMS that I have or may in the future have, however arising, against the Arctic Chalet with respect to my participation in any dogsled or snowmobile activity operated by the Arctic Chalet.
3. TO HOLD HARMLESS AND INDEMNIFY the Arctic Chalet from any and all liability, including lawyer’s fees (on a solicitor and own client basis) and court costs, for any property damage or personal injury to any third party, resulting from my participation in any dogsled or snowmobiling activity operated by Arctic Chalet.
4. THAT all of the terms of this Agreement shall be binding on me, my heirs, administrators, executors, successors, assigns, next of kin and representatives in the event of my death or incapacity. In this Agreement the “Arctic Chalet” means and includes the business operated by Arctic Chalet Ltd. under the name of Arctic Chalet, Arctic Chalet Dog sledding, or Arctic Adventure Tours together with the officers, directors, employees and agents of such business from time to time and all successors and assigns thereof.
5. THAT this Agreement shall be governed in all respects by, and interpreted in accordance with, the laws of the Northwest Territories.
In entering into this Agreement, I am not relying on any oral, written or other representations made by the Arctic Chalet. This Agreement contains the entire agreement between me and the Arctic Chalet Ltd..
I CERTIFY THAT I HAVE READ THIS DOCUMENT AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENTS. I am not under the influence of alcohol or drugs that would influence my capacity to participate in this activity or sign this document.