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“Epic Family Vacation!”

White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures
Ranked #3 of 12 Tours in Ely
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Personalized dog sledding adventures in the scenic north woods of Minnesota. Learn to drive your own dog team. Custom day trips, yurt stays, lodge vacations, camping and fishing trips by dog team. Active vacations for ages 8 to 88, with friendly sled dogs and professional staff. All skills taught. One or two people/sled. Adventure guaranteed. Explore the Boundary Waters wilderness, pristine frozen lakes and enchanted boreal forests. See website for details and dogsledding packages.
Reviewed January 8, 2013

We have a family of 7, parents with 5 children ranging in age from 4-18. This was the first family trip we have ever taken where everyone had a great time, all of the time, including mom & dad. We had a customized trip due to all the kids and varying age ranges. We spent an overnight in the yurt and also had a day trip into the BWCA with ice fishing and ice skating (now who can honestly say that they have gone ice skating in the BWCA? - not many people I am sure). The meals were great, the guides were wonderful and entertaining! We cannot wait to do it again! We all (except the 4 year olds) drove (mushed?) our own sleds. Beauty everywhere, incredible dogs, can't say enough about our time! Thanks Peter!

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Reviewed May 5, 2012

Fantastic organization! My husband and I have taken the Premier Yurt Trip 3 times had a fantastic time each trip. The dogs are amazing and the BWCA is wilderness at it's best. The experience is very empowering and enriching. Theo our guide is exceptional. We are looking forward to our next trip in February 2013.

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Reviewed April 19, 2012

Can't recommend this trip enough. If you are looking for an adventure that gets better in the telling the more you talk about it, this is the trip for you. Camping out on the frozen lakes for 5 days learning how to adapt to the cold environment while enjoying the beauty of the boundary waters is just the beginning. The real thrill was learning how to handle a team of dogs and sled, developing a strong appreciation for that kind of lifestyle, meeting others with the same interests, eating the most delicious and healthy food prepared by Peter, sitting around the campsite under a winter sky and participating in all forms of camplife. We couldn't have asked for better guides; Theo who was consistently energetic, humorous and fantastic chef and Sean who we had total confidence in getting us safely thru the trip. To his credit he won the 280 mile Hudson Bay Quest the next week and Peter took the prize for best cared for dogs. What more could anyone ask of a dog mushing tour company?

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Reviewed March 21, 2012

The perfect winter experience with eager dogs, great guides, good food, miles and miles of snow covered trails in Minnesota's far north wilderness.
Definitely recommended for hands-on outdoor adventurers, first timers as well as experienced mushers, to enjoy.

1  Thank Paul W
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

While the dogs may have liked it a little colder, we were fortunate to have had a beautiful day with the trees looking as if they had been artistically painted in snow. It truly was a postcard scene at every turn, on every trail.

We did a Premier Day Trip, out for about six hours with an hour lunch break on the trail. Several years ago, we had mushed our own sleds for a couple hour run with a different kennel, and loved it enough we wanted to do it again. Since the kids were now teens, we felt they could mush their own sled for a full day trip -- it does take some work and a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy, especially if the snow is fresh and trails not packed down. We ran alongside the sled to help up the hills, and during slower parts of the freshly cut trails.

We stayed in Ely and typically it's about an hour's drive to the kennel when road construction isn't detouring traffic! Arriving at White Wilderness, we were impressed with the obvious good care the dogs are given, and their very social personalities. We were invited to walk through the yard and greet the dogs as we got set up for the day's trip. Some dogs are more social than others -- no different than people. Some want to just get out on the trail and run, others are happy to visit, give you a kiss, and get a tummy scrub.

I enjoyed the fact that with White Wilderness we helped harness our own team, and learned how to handle the dogs in this way. With 4 of us on sleds, they sent out two guides to start (Theo and Doug -- both were great!), and Doug headed back after lunch once Theo was comfortable with our handling of our teams (I only lost my sled once, trying to manuever around a rock on the trail!). If you are not sure of how hard you want to work, or how comfortable you'd be handling your own sled, the kennel runs "Traditional" day and shorter trips where people can share a sled, and take turns guiding the sled and riding in the sled.

Dog sledding is a wonderful "silent sport" of winter (OK, except when I lost my sled and repeatedly hollered "WHOA!" to no avail!) -- we were especially fortunate with the weather and fresh snowfall coating the trees, but any time will be beautiful in the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Wilderness areas! It is an amazing piece of wilderness, where we only crossed paths with a couple other dog sleds out on the trails, and saw nothing more than wolf tracks, dog sled tracks, and mile after mile of pristine forest. Dog sledding is an incredible way to soak up the beauty of it all.

For lunch, the guides tied our sled to trees along a wider section of trail, and Theo set up a fire along side the trail where we roasted delicious locally made brats, accompanied by trail mix, and home-baked cookies dipped in hot chocolate. Our teens took a granola bar for a trail snack, and we were off again after resting with the dogs for an hour or so. We had brought water bottles in backpacks we stored in the sleds, and even for a day trip, it's nice to have the additional fluids available if you need it. White Wilderness sent out an informative booklet with suggested supplies, tips, etc. before the trip, and despite the great outline ahead of time, we still forgot to bring along dog treats to reward our great dog teams when the day was done!

I can't recommend White Wilderness enough for a sled dog trip -- a special way to enjoy the winter landscape in a gorgeous part of Minnesota. An overnight trip with a night run is on my bucket list!!

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