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Do you want to experience some outdoor adventure? Do you need a taste of authenticity in your adventures this winter season? Does travelling by one of our Canadian and Indigenous cultures most iconic forms of transportation sound like a good way to move around our County? Then maybe dogsledding is what you are looking for.
Green Feet now offers Dogsledding as part of our winter services in our efforts to encourage an appreciation for the remarkable land and water systems we have in Bruce County. This low-impact form of outdoor recreation is a part of the history in our area that owes its roots to winter mail and supply routes that predated snowmobiles.
Dogsledding that existed in our area itself is owed to an even longer history of learning the tradition from Inuit dogsledders far in the North.
This spirit of co-operation and love for the people and animals in this tradition is a large part of how Green Feet Dogsledding runs. We have a unique setup that represents our adaptation to climate change that has affected the amount of snow we get in the area. We work with a large number of residents and organizations in the area who have land and trails to explore, as well as husky dogs, husky crosses, and amazing husky rescues that become a part of our team instead of running a kennel. This means that each dog has an AMAZING family and home that they live at. When there is no snow, in the summer or even the winter, each dog spends their time with their family. When fall comes, bringing with it cooler weather, husky dogs get energetic. REALLY energetic. That's when we get to work.
We work with our families to train with each of our now 17 canine athletes that we work with around the area. We train in every possible area across our county, including hills to build strength, multi-use trails to build focus around other dogs and passers-by, roads to have them used to distractions, and on miles of long trails to build distance endurance.
We train 3-4x/week with these amazing dogs, and likely, some of the commuters have seen us on Bruce Rd 33 as we do our road training, teaching each team of dogs how to behave safely around traffic. We carefully work with each family to make sure each dog is healthy and well cared for before and after each run, including nutrition, physical health and fitness, after run care, training, and teaching them about urban dogsledding too. We work, train, learn, and most of all, we complete amazing adventures as a team.
As we complete each milestone in our training season, we open up greater numbers and types of areas that we can bring our dogs, all the way from the tip of the peninsula to Owen Sound, from Durham to Kincardine and all the way back up the peninsula again. At our heart, we are not a touring operation. We are the new generation of land stewards, protecting and restoring this land in the summer, and in the winter, we are your guides along our preferred routes to the places where stories and legends are made.
Our area has much to offer, and we welcome you to join us along its endless trail systems. Our guided routes range from 1hr - half a day and follow trails that suit any skill level. We welcome fellow eco-friendly explorers to travel lightly on our land using dogsleds pulled by our incredible teams of canine engines, fueled with the help of hunters and farmers across our region who provide us with trimmings of deer, moose, and beef for snacks for the dogs, ensuring that nothing from animals is wasted. We always welcome new partners, families, and supporters, whether you have a dog who might be up for joining our team, you wish to keep a re-homed dog, or if you wish to learn how to dogsled yourself.
We have travelled in this county for over 30 years, and are honoured to share with you what we have learned about what our county has to offer in the wintertime, travelling quietly enough to witness our wildlife and lightly enough to be able to travel over the ice volcanoes of Lake Huron. We are Bruce county's adventure team. The beauty of dogsledding is real. Let your longing to connect with nature and this sport come to life. Let us guide you there by dogsled.