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Trail Breaker Kennel

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Fairbanks, AK, USA
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About Trail Breaker Kennel
Trail Breaker Kennel is one of Alaska's legendary dog sled kennels. The kennel was established in 1974 by the late Susan Butcher, a four time Iditarod champion, and her husband David Monson, a Yukon Quest champion. By opening its doors in the summer, the kennel shows visitors what it is like to be a musher in the interior of Alaska. Starting in 1993, Trail Breaker Kennel became a favorite stop on the Riverboat Discovery tour. Visitors are treated to a dog mushing demonstration on the shore of the Chena River. After, at the Chena Indian Village, they meet the people and dogs who make up this champion kennel. For tickets and more information visit riverboatdiscovery.com. Walking tours of Trail Breaker Kennel are offered daily at 7:30pm through Holland America Princess Tours. Make your reservation in person before 5pm at the Tour Desk at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge or Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center. Tours cannot be booked online or over the phone.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The kennel was very interesting and our guide was very knowledgeable. She took part in the Yukon express in 2014 and finished 9th. The dogs and puppies were very friendly.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank dodieward
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Trail Breaker Kennel during my visit to Fairbanks, just before a Princess cruise. Katrina was our guide and was very informative. She explained the life of a musher and how important the dogs are. Toured the kennel and got to visit with the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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trailbreakerkennel, Manager at Trail Breaker Kennel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the kind review of your tour. We are always happy when people are able to come and learn about our lifestyle from our awesome tour guides. A big thank you from the all the dogs and mushers at Trail Breaker...More

Reviewed June 27, 2019 via mobile

This activity was the BEST! Such a beautiful property. The staff was so friendly and informative. You get to pet the dogs and especially the puppies. Do not miss an opportunity to attend this activity.More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank S N
trailbreakerkennel, Manager at Trail Breaker Kennel, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2019

Thank you so much for the kind review! We are so glad to hear you experienced an informative and fun visit. It is great to hear we are a not to be missed activity. Thank you from all the dogs and mushers at Trail Breaker...More

Reviewed May 18, 2019 via mobile

What a great time. Laura shared her experiences with these dogs and her training and racing. What fun to share her obvious LOVE for the dogs and their amazing abilities. Of course time with the puppies at the end of the visit was the a...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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trailbreakerkennel, Manager at Trail Breaker Kennel, responded to this reviewResponded May 20, 2019

Thank you for the kind review of your time with Laura, our dogs, and our adorable puppies. We are so happy to hear when people love their experience. A big thank you from the dogs and mushers of Trail Breaker Kennel!

Reviewed May 15, 2019

If you love dogs you will love Trail Breakers The information they shared about the pups snd getting them trained to run was interesting. We try to keep up with the Iditarod and Yukon Quest and the background we learned was fun. The pups are...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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trailbreakerkennel, Manager at Trail Breaker Kennel, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2019

Thank you so much for this great review. We're so glad that you had an informative and fun experience with Laura. A big thank you from the dogs and mushers at Trail Breaker Kennel!

Reviewed May 12, 2019

Laura is enthusiastic about her job and the dogs, which made for a very enjoyable visit. The dogs are well looked after and friendly. There were puppies there and we were able to cuddle them with the mother dog there, who was friendly and relaxed...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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trailbreakerkennel, Manager at Trail Breaker Kennel, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2019

We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us at Trail Breaker Kennel. It means a lot to us that this was the highlight of your trip. A big thank for from all the dogs and mushers here at Trail Breaker!

Reviewed March 15, 2019

Friendly staff! Laura is very knowledgeable and passionate about the sport. These dogs are very well-loved and cared for. A great place to meet some champion four-footed athletes!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank markybobby
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

We expected attended a back stage pass tour with one other couple. We received a thorough presentation on the life of these amazing sled dogs. The handler, Katrina, is so enthusiastic and passionate about the sport and the dogs that she practically bubbled over telling...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

Saw the demo from the Riverboat Discovery, scheduled tour in the evening. We like dogs so we are biased. We also went as a small group of six. We got a good presentation on the two major dog races and how they work, then were...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank pamalogan
Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

We weren’t aware that thus was included in our river boat cruise. So, how good was that! My wife and I are dog lovers (own 3) and did a similar dog mushing tour earlier on our vacation. This was better though and Dave and his...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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FarAway369878
May 9, 2019|
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Response from trailbreakerkennel | Property representative |
Hello! Thanks for reaching out. The Riverboat stops at the kennel where you watch a dog mushing demonstration, but you do not get off at our property. When you do get off the boat at the Chena Indian Village, you are able to... More
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JoAnn M
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Thanks for inquiring! Yes, tours are offered on Sundays. Please call the kennel at 907-347-1979 for more information and to book a tour.
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