Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: How many dogs will be on my team?

    We usually run anywhere between 5 – 8 dogs per team depending on the conditions and size of customers.

  • Q: How fast will the dogs go?

      On average we run the dogs at about a 15km/hr pace although their top speed is over 30kms an hour.

  • Q: Are the dogs friendly?

    Yes, some are a little timid of strangers, but the majority love to be pet.

  • Q: How many people go on a sled?

    2 customers/sled, one person riding and 1 person driving the dogs. A guide is on their own sled in front of the group and can take a person if there is a odd number.  If children are involved the number of passengers may vary. We DO NOT offer a solo sled option.

  • Q: How much distance will we cover?

    One Hour – approximately 10 kms

    Half Day – approximatey 20 kms

  • Q: How many sleds go out at once?

    On average, 5 guest sleds and one guide sled leading.  This number can vary depending on demand and requirements.

  • Q: Will we see wildlife on the trail?

    Not likely. While we are fortunate to share the wilderness with Moose, Fox, Deer, Wolves, Bear and numerous smaller animals and birds we don’t often see them. We do frequently see their tracks however so we know they are there!

  • Q: What are the trails/scenery like?

    We predominately have access to 100's of acres of private mixed bush trails that have some gorgeous towering pines, hills, flats, and turns.  The scenery is wonderful.  There is no ice travel on our tours.

  • Q: How far are you from Toronto?

    About a 2.5 hour drive

  • Q: What is your cancellation policy?

    In order to receive a refund cancellations must be made 30 days or more prior to your scheduled tour.  Cancellations made less then 30 days before your tour will not receive a refund.

  • Q: How should we dress?

    Layers is always best in winter, with good winter boots, and a winter wind/water proof outer shell, hat & mitts and you will be set!

    Dress for the outdoor temperature being 10 degrees colder then actual temperature to account for wind chill while on the dogsled.

    Ski googles or sunglasses to protect your eyes are strongly advised.

    If you wish to bring a blanket for the passenger this is strongly advised.

    2 sets of Hot pockets/hand warmers are a good idea to keep your fingers and toes warm during the ride.

    North Ridge Ranch does not provide any blankets or winter clothing.

  • Q: Are children allowed?

    Yes!  However children 17 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult and parents need to be able to answer yes to the following 3 questions:

     1.  Is my child able to tolerate sitting in a sled for the duration of the tour and keep warm and comfortable in the winter?

    2. Am I comfortable with the risk factor involved in dogsledding?

    3.  Am I able to properly dress and care for my child before and during the dogsled tour regardless of the temperature and conditions of the day?

  • Q: Are there special rates for children?

    Yes, children 12 and under receive a discount off the adult rate.

    Children 3 and under are free.

  • Q: What kind of shape do I need to be in?

    You certainly don’t need to be a marathon runner, but you also can’t be really overweight. Dogsledding is an active team sport, so you need to be willing and able to help out your team on the hills by pedalling or walking behind the sled.

    Having a good amount of coordination and balance is key to driving a dogsled.

  • Q: Can people with disabilities be accommodated?

    We certainly are willing to do what we can to accommodate a variety of needs.  Please contact us directly if you feel you require any accommodations and we will be happy to work with you.

  • Q: Can I dogsled if I am pregnant?

    We do not allow pregnant women on our tours as passengers or drivers.  The potential risks are just not worth it.  Please come dogsledding once your baby has been born.

  • Q: Are we allowed to bring alcohol on the tour?

    Alcohol is prohibited on all tours.  We also reserve the right to prohibit anyone from participating on a tour if they have been consuming alcohol prior to the tour.  No refunds will be issued.

  • Q: Do children have to wear helmets?

    As with all adventure sports inherent risks are involved when dogsledding.  We do not provide or require helmets on our tours, but you are welcome to bring helmets for yourself or your children.

North Ridge Ranch  |  Huntsville, Muskoka, Ontario  |  705-788-2828  |  Contact the webmaster | © MacArtStudios 2017

Welcome to North Ridge Ranch.  We are very happy you stopped by and hope that we can share the magic and adventure of dog sledding with you in Muskoka.  Huntsville, Ontario is where we call home and have had our kennel for over 15 years.  Owner and Operator Brad Fetterley along with Leah Blenkinsop and over 50 amazing Alaskan Huskies make up a dynamic team that are excited to take you on an unforgettable dog sled tour through the wilds of Muskoka.

 Huntsville, Muskoka, On |  705-788-2828

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