Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

Comments 10 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This weekend I hopped on the back of a dog sled for the first time thanks to Dog Power Adventures in Prince George.

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

Sally Swan and her team met us at their property which is just a few minutes outside of town. There she has almost 30 Siberian Huskies who were already howling and ready to go for a sledding adventure when we shows up. Sally operates a year-round sledding facility where you can take the dogs out for an afternoon excursion, day tours, multi-day treks or training runs.

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

We warmed up at the campfire pit before meeting our teams (giving them snuggles) and getting quick lessons on how to operate the sleds. From commands such as “Hike!” and “Gee!” to learning how to mush and applying the brake. Our 10-15 minute crash course covered all the essentials and gave our group the confidence to head out with our teams.

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

With the dogs very excited about their chance to get out and play, we took off for a few hours around fields and into the woods where Sally’s team had a campfire and goodies waiting for us.

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

The dogs, completely giddy and filled with glee after their run rolled around in the snow and scooped it up in their mouths to quench their thirst. Lapping snowflakes off their noses with their tongues our teams rested while we cooked our lunch over an open flame.

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

I made sure to give the dogs more snuggles during the break since really, you can never have too many snuggles.

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

Over half of Sally’s Huskies are rescues that were either adopted, abandoned, or dropped off by owners who simply couldn’t handle the task of raising a Husky. Many of them hailing from across North America these guys need a huge amount of exercise daily which is a daunting task for those who do not have the time, the manpower, and the acreage like Sally does.

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

For a bit of back-story, Sally’s family hadn’t originally planned on going into business with dog sledding but as their pack expanded with more and more rescue dogs, they needed a way to take care of the growing expenses. They also had an increased demand to take folks out on tours so they figured this would be the perfect combination.

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

Back at the campfire pit stop, we enjoyed our dessert of homemade cookies dunked in cocoa and after one last bun-theft attempt by one of the pups, we hopped on the sleds and headed back towards the main camp.

Dog Power Adventures in Prince George

Snow whipping at my face, feet balanced on the runs of the sled, and three strong pups tugging me along through the powder-covered canopy in the woods, I let out more than a few giggles. If you ever have the chance to try this at least once in your life, I highly encourage you to do so.

Disclosure: – I was there with a group thanks to Northern BC Tourism. Our adventure was on the house. For the record, I would gladly pay $95 for an afternoon out with the dogs anytime although now I have my sights set on the 3-Day or Bed & Breakfast tours with John.

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  1. Keira-AnneMonday, February 1st, 2010 — 3:41pm PST

    Oh my heart…

  2. Ariane CMonday, February 1st, 2010 — 3:46pm PST

    I like that you disclosed your adventure details at the end. Northern BC Tourism is lucky to have folks like you and kk making the rounds and blogging about it to its southern neighbours. I too would find it worthwhile to spend an afternoon in this kind of environment with loving animals that enjoy the work they do for a *living* 🙂

  3. B.C. tourism commercial sums it up for me → johnbollwitt.comMonday, February 1st, 2010 — 7:29pm PST

    […] now. If you don’t believe me, just look at what Rebecca did recently: outdoor speed skating, dog sledding, and, oh yeah, she caught the torch as it ran through Prince George, […]

  4. KatMonday, February 1st, 2010 — 10:15pm PST

    Love the pics!! Brings back to mind the fun I had growing up in the NWT and watching the “Dog Derby”.

  5. Tyler IngramTuesday, February 2nd, 2010 — 8:08am PST

    Huskies are so adorable! Especially the ones with 2 eye colours!

    What a fun adventure, if PG was a weee bit closer I would so hit this sort of thing up!

  6. Susan HubbardWednesday, February 3rd, 2010 — 10:41am PST

    I just want to let Tyler (sorry to single you out) know that you can also fly to Prince George. Right now, a return flight from Vancouver to PG is just under $200 including taxes to come up for a weekend (WJ, Feb 12-14)… best rates I’ve seen on flights.

    We really loved having you up, Rebecca!

  7. VancouverCityWednesday, February 3rd, 2010 — 10:00pm PST

    That’s awesome! Those dogs are beautiful. I’ve always wanted to go dog sledding. Way to go Rebecca!

  8. SophiaThursday, February 4th, 2010 — 12:00pm PST

    I love Huskies!! They are awesome. 🙂 Can’t wait to try dog sledding one day!

  9. Dexter BoyMonday, February 8th, 2010 — 7:26pm PST

    Love the look of your dogs. The sledding is something everyone should try. I am coming up to PG ASAP to go dog sledding.

  10. Kathy & ChrisTuesday, February 1st, 2011 — 5:37am PST

    Go Sally and Rick…..we miss you two. hugs Chris & Kathy

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