Dog Sledding in British Columbia

The gateway to adventure, British Columbia is a husky adventures haven.

British Columbia is an outdoorsy tourist’s dreams come true. From the Pacific coast with salmon fishing to the mountains for hiking and skiing, British Columbia has a lot to offer. With all these awesome outdoor adventures, dog sledding is also a hot item for the area.

South Point Sled Dog Tours
Husky Tours
British Columbia, Canada
Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding
Husky Tours
British Columbia, Canada
Candle Creek Dog Sled Tours
Husky Tours
British Columbia, Canada
Revelstoke Dogsled Adventures
Husky Tours
British Columbia, Canada
Blackcomb Dogsled
Husky Tours
British Columbia, Canada
Dog Power Adventures
Racing Kennel
Husky Tours
British Columbia, Canada

History and dog sledding today

Native peoples of British Columbia flourished in the area because of the abundance of food and resources. Their relationship with dogs was important to their success. Dogs were used to pull sleds with freight, for protection from bears, and some tribes even had wooly dogs to use their hair for weaving. Europeans moved into the area for fur trading, exploration, and gold. British Columbia has a rich history of gold rushes. Beginning in 1850 and extending until the 1940s, there have been several famous gold rushes in the region. During the majority of these gold rushes dog sleds were used to deliver mail and supplies in the snowy winter times. An extraordinary thing is that to keep this historical purpose for dog sledding alive, mail can still be delivered by dog sled! An event known as the Gold Rush Trail Dog Sled Mail Run takes place yearly and follows the old mail delivery sled trails. In modern times, dog sledding is more for racing and tourism. Breeders in British Columbia supply for racing teams and for resorts and husky tour operators. Many resorts offer packages for dog sled tours and overnight stays in their guest ranches and lodges.

Sled Dog Racing in British Columbia

There are many associations that promote and organize racing events in British Columbia. The BC Sled Dog Association is the most specialized for the region. Of course the International Federation of Sleddog Sports and International Sled Dog Racing Association support some racing events in British Columbia as well. Because the amount of snow per year is unpredictable, some racing events are rescheduled or moved to new locations. All in all there always are some lively and competitive events for fast dogs and good mushers to compete in.

Cariboo Challenge Sled Dog Races take place in the areas of Cariboo and 100 Mile House, British Columbia. Races are held every year, if the snow conditions are good. They have 10 dog, 6 dog, 4 dog, and junior level races. There is even have a weight pulling dog sled competition held. The racing courses are designed to be spectator friendly and ideal for racing.

The Caledonia Classic Sled Race is a highly popular and exciting event in Fort St. James, British Columbia. This weekend event of racing has sprint and stage races on awesome trails and over a frozen lake if temperatures are right. The sprints are for four, six, or ten dog teams. The stage race is 150 miles (241 km) and takes place over three days. Teams racing in the stage race consist of six to ten dogs. The total amount of prize money awarded in 2015 was $14,500! Fort St. James Sled Dog Association hosts the event and many sponsors contribute. It is a fun filled gathering of dog sled fans and enthusiasts. They even offer free dog sled rides to spectators. 

General information about British Columbia

British Columbia is Canada’s third largest province. Vancouver is the largest city and welcomes many tourists passing through to visit the pristine terrain of British Columbia. A charming thing about British Columbia is that one can leave the city and be in the backcountry within a matter of minutes. The province has milder weather due to it’s Pacific coast. There is more rain then snow in the winter, but in the eastern region and higher elevations of British Columbia there is more snowfall. The region is unique for its landscape of islands to mountains. Chains of islands stand along the coast of British Columbia. Vancouver Island is the largest and receives thousands of tourists each year for its seaside and mountainous beauty. The impressive mountain ranges that run through British Columbia are the Coast Mountains, Columbia Mountains and the Canadian Rockies. Fairweather Mountain is the highest mountain; it is on the border of British Columbia and Alaska, United States. British Columbia is home to seven national parks. Glacier National Park and Yoho National Park were among the first in all of Canada. Of these beautiful parks, two are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Yoho and Gwaii Haanas National Parks. Within these national parks and gorgeous mountains there are thousands of miles of trails. The real adventure and best way to experience these sights is from a sled being pulled along by a strong dog team. In the area of Whistler there are many resorts that offer dog sledding tours. Kennels that have husky tours are easy to find in British Columbia. Wolfdog and Siberian huskies are popular breeds in the area. 

×