Dogsledding with kids

Here's a unique way to enjoy the outdoors in the winter

Dogsledding is a classic Canadian experience and trips abound (find operators at ontariotravel.net). Depending on the age of your offspring, two-hour or half-day outings may be best.

Winterdance Dogsled Tours is based in Haliburton, Ont., and home to a bustling kennel of Siberian huskies. There’s plenty to do in this popular cottage country, from snowshoeing to downhill skiing at Sir Sam’s, and choices for sleep range from rental cottages to resorts. But that will all have to compete with quality time with your doggy team at Winterdance: Max, an experienced race leader, sweet Gem and Beauty, the passionate Hosta and stunning blue-eyed Eagle are among the many canines that make up the pack here.

Kids eight and under can usually share the sled while parents stand and steer or travel with the guide. (Kids 12 or older can try driving the team at the guide’s discretion.) Two-hour outings include a lesson, introductions to the team and an hour on the trail; half-day trips cover more terrain and include a stop for hot chocolate. Plus, there’s always time for hugs and photos.

Snapshot moment: The ear-to-ear grins of your children as everyone catches the huskies’ infectious excitement as they prepare for the ride.