6 ½ Hours Duration
From pick-up to drop-off
One-mile Dogsled Ride
On customized cart or ATV with husky teams
BBQ chicken & vegetarian option available
For border crossing into Canada
Pick-up at your cruise ship
The full-day Yukon Discovery Sled Dog tour takes you on a scenic journey inland from Skagway, over the stunning White Pass Summit, and into Canada’s legendary Yukon Territory. The tour follows the same route as the Yukon Discovery (one of our other Skagway tours), but with a fun and exhilarating bonus: a dogsled ride along a gorgeous forested trail with a team of huskies that spend the winter months competing in races such as the 1000 mile Iditarod race.
The Yukon Discovery Sled Dog tour follows the same route taken in 1898 by the thousands of stampeders who headed north for the Klondike Gold Rush. You’ll be driving through a vast and pristine wilderness, so wildlife sightings are frequent! Keep your eyes peeled for eagles, bears, and even moose once you reach the Yukon. A local guide is on hand to narrate tales of Klondike history, and there are plenty of photo stops to capture the stunning scenery and picturesque views from high overlooks. It’s no wonder that the Yukon Discovery Sled Dog tour is one of our most popular Skagway tours!
Your adventure will begin with pickup near the Skagway docks. After a beautiful scenic drive along the Klondike Highway—past alpine meadows, waterfalls, and tranquil glacier-fed lakes—you’ll arrive at the Yukon-based musher’s camp for lunch. Here, you’ll have time to view the husky puppies, chat with the experienced mushers, and experience your ride with the sled dogs. You’ll be pulled by these canine athletes in a 12-passenger custom wheeled training cart, or a four-wheeler ATV if the weather is too hot for the dogs to pull the cart. Excitement audibly builds as the mushers ready their teams of 8-12 dogs and you catch a unique glimpse into the team dynamics and passion as the dogs can’t wait to take off. Then, your musher drops the brake and your sled dogs are off and running through the forest on a specially designed training course, forking right and left along the trail as they respond instantly to the musher’s commands, and even stopping for a bit of playtime at the watering hole! Along this 1-mile ride, you will have the opportunity to hear stories from professional mushers about what it takes to train and care for their huskies and to compete in 1000-mile winter race events with up to 90 dogs at a time. (Time on the sled dog trail may vary slightly with temperature, trail conditions, and teams).
Note: You may wish to consider the Yukon Discovery Tour, one of our other Skagway tours which includes all the same features except the dogsled ride.