- 4 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Start in town or at your ship on this 4.5 hour adventure. Board our 15 to 25 passenger mini coach to explore the White Pass elevation 3292 feet all the way to the Yukon. With stops to get out and see amazing Waterfalls up to 3000 feet tall, Azure Glaciers, Alpine Valleys, Snow Capped Mountains and huge Mountain Lakes. Your Guide will tell you gold rush stories, lots of history, and information about the Plants and animals in this wild and beautiful land. This is your best chance for wild life viewing in Skagway. The Sled Dog Adventure takes place in a remote portion of Canada. Play with the puppies while learning what a mushers life is all about. On this 20 minute ride you will be amazed by the dogs power, grace and love for running as you fly up and down through this alpine wilderness. Enjoy the experience of panning for REAL gold and the thrill of finding those little shiny gold pieces.
- Choice of morning or afternoon departure
- Excellent value for money
- Family friendly
- See native wildlife in their natural environment
- Fully narrated tour
- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
- Local guide
- Clean well maintained mini bus
- Breathtaking views
- Good time for all
- Food and drinks available upon request
Loading zones differ for each of the 3 docks we have. If you like we can pick you up in town at our office on 3rd and Broadway.
The dock closest to the mountain is the RAILROAD dock.
The dock in the middle and nearest to town is the BROADWAY dock
The dock by the helicopters and the river is the ORE dock.
Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
We will drop you off at the ship or in town
Pickup starts 15 min prior to the departure times. We have 3 different docks and town to pick up at so please be ready so we will be able to get started on time. Stops are weather dependent and include waterfalls, historic sights, glaciers, alpine valleys, and breath taking views. We will stop where possible for any wild life along the way which could include bears, sheep, goats, marmots and lots more. Take a picture with the welcome to Alaska sign and the Yukon sign. Sled Dog adventure includes a petting yard for the puppies and a Yukon Mushing expert narration on the life of a musher. The vehicle the dogs pull is a side by side four wheeler that seats 5 with room for 2 to stand in the back. In order not to over tax the dogs this type of vehicle allows the musher to help the team up hills and good braking system for the down hills but the dogs do most of the pulling along the way. Your guide will instruct you on how to pan and provide a pan with pay dirt for you to try your luck. With a little help from us all our gold miners strike it rich and get to take gold back to show your friends. We can drop you off at the end of your tour at your ship or in town to enjoy our historic buildings and shopping.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Most travelers can participate
- At time of booking passengers must provide your ship name so we know which dock to pick you up.
- A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, passengers must navigate three steps with hand rails on all bus, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
This was a highlight of our vacation. We were on a cruise and booked this thru Viator because of great past experiences. Loved the 1 hour drive thru scenic area the train ran nearby so you get similar sightseeingbut as a bonus we got to meet Michelle and the dogs and play with puppies! Had plenty of time to play with the puppies then heard from Michelle about the team and race! Went on the ATV pulled by the dogs and it was a blast! Crazy Libby is our favorite husky! Bought a souvenir race bootie in the gift shop which was great. They have snacks , coffee, hot chocolate for purchase. The driver made several scenic stops on the way home, picked wild blueberries and drank glacier water! What a wonderful experience! It is a half day adventure but I would do it again even if the weather wasnt as perfect as it was when we were there! So well worth the trip! We thought we were settling to see the summer camp versus snow/glacier dog expeditions but this surpassed our expectations! We will be cheering Michelle on in the next Iditarod! She has new fans!!!! Love using Viator and have recommended them to other cruisers!
This tour is a must! We had great weather for our bus trip to the Yukon. The scenery was beautiful with numerous stops for photo opportunities. The Sled experience was interesting and exhilarating. Amazing to hold and interact with the puppies and adult dogs and learn all about what it takes to train these dogs for competition. Very rewarding day.
We really enjoyed the tour and especially the dogs! Please note that if you do the tour in the summer which is high season in Alaska, you will not be riding on an actual sled due to the lack of snow. Instead, the dog are pulling a small SUV vehicle but you definitely get the feel. Bring your passports-you will need them as you have to cross the boarder into Canada to go to the dogsledding camp.
My family really enjoyed this trip as my grandkids loved being able to pet and hold the puppies the ride was excellent and great to watch how the dogs reacted to pulling the sled the trainers were very informative I and my family would do this part of the tour again
The panning for gold was not worth the time and could be left out ash the tour guide spent too much time with just one girl and not enough time with the others
great trip all round..was not too keen on the panning for gold as very lame...everything else was wonderful....driver was great...dogs and sled trip was great.....stop offs on both to and from the dog sledding was amazing scenery..had an unforgettable experience...highly recommend....
The guide/driver was amazing and the it was a one a lifetime experience. Glad we did it. Wished there could have been snow covered ground but the cruises don't go to alaska when it is snowing so maybe will need to fly into alaska to try this again someday.
Cori, our guide, was great! We lucked out with a small group and I'm not sure if it was intentional, but she managed to beat the herds at every point of interest. We had a blast on the tour and loved the dogs. Cori even shared her stuffed Dall sheep, horn, and some slobber with our 2-yr old!
Reminder... Going into Canada from Skagway. Must have passport. Had to stop at ship to pick up passport after boarding shuttle in town. Knowledgeable driver. He kept us informed during the drive. We stopped at several viewpoints as opportunities presented themselves.We saw the most amazing rainbow. The sled dog camp was a blast. We were pulled around a course in an ATV pulled by 14 dogs. Enjoyed meeting an actual iditarod participant. Loved playing with the puppies.2 years ago in Skagway we took the steam train trip. This was more fun and a better value. The 4.5 hour tour lasted 6 hours.
we got to do great activities with no crowds!!! The group is small so little time is wasted waiting and they we arrived at both the gold panning and dog sleds when no other tours were there! Our guide was great, super accommodating and helpful!
This is a must do experience, my husband and I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks also to our driver/guide Brandy she was amazing could spot bears and other wild life well before anyone else. Value for money.
Gillian and Kevin
Excellent tour - great opportunity to do this unique activity of riding the dog sled and learning about the life of a Musher. It was informative and well organised. Great commentary and lots of amazing photo opportunities. We really enjoyed this day.
You must book this tour! Our guide on the bus to the Yukon was so interesting! He is such an experienced driver and knows the territory so well. The dogsled adventure was THE BEST! We went to Michelle Phillips' camp. She told us how the dogs are prepared for the big race, fed, clothed, etc. We were pulled in an ATV by a team of excited dogs in the pouring rain through puddles! It was a blast! We held the puppies and warmed by the fire. Took lots of pics in their heavy, hooded coats. A super-great experience for our family! Made a few stops on the way back to Skagway for photos, then to Liarsville for panning for gold. Such a fun day!
Billy our tour guide was awesome! Great experience and would recommend it to anyone.
We were traveling with extended family, and all booked different excursions in Skagway. No one else got a sled dog ride on their tour! The puppies and mushers camp were definitely the highlight for our kids ages 17, 15 and 11. Chatting with real Iditarod racers and handlers was fascinating. The scenery to and from the Yukon is breathtaking, and our tour guide Brandi was a great host. We learned lots of interesting history along the way. We filled water bottles at all glacier waterfall - yum! Liarsville was interesting, but the gold panning was disappointing as it must have been back in the day. Another great thing is that we started early and finished in time to have lunch and explore historic Skagway a bit before departure.
Brandi drove our bus, and she was very good. Skagway is very tiny, but you can tell she is passionate about the town and her job. The drive to the sled dog facility was a bit long, and a bit of road construction. However, it was very beautiful, mountains, bridges, LOTS of waterfalls along the way. Did see 3 blackbear. The sledding facility was outstanding. This profession and lifestyle is fascinating and amazing - be sure you hear the talk Michelle gives. She is a highly experienced musher and owns/manages over 60 sled dogs. The sled ride, even tho connected to a UTV, was quite fun. Those dogs are so strong. Puppies of course, very cute! You gotta go!
This tour almost didn't happen. We checked in with the tour company at 1030 and they realized that leaving at noon would get us back too late for a 5PM all aboard on our ship. They were wonderful about arranging the tour to start at 11am. We went and grabbed a couple of sandwiches and returned to the shop and they were ready for us to leave. There were only 7 of us on the tour. The tour guide Billy Jo was fabulous. We had our grandchildren ages 10 and 7 with us and she made the trip so much fun for them. The drive up was long but not boring. One little girl from Houston had never touched snow and Billy was determined to find a patch of snow for her to touch, and she did. It was our granddaughters birthday and she thought it was great that she had a snowball fight on her birthday in June. The sled dogs were amazing. There were 6 week old puppies and the kids really enjoyed holding them and petting them. They were really impressed. On the drive back we saw a big black bear eating dandelions on the side of the road. We stopped for pictures. The gold panning was just ok. We also stopped at a waterfall and we were able to fill up water bottles as the water is tested and it is very safe to drink. This company went out of their way to make this a very special tour. One of our favorites.
This tour was amazing! The ride to the sled dog camp was beautiful with our driver, Brandi, making several stops on the way. The sled dogs were beautiful and we enjoyed all the interesting info on the Iditarod race. We saw a mama bear and cubs on the way back...cool. The panning for gold was just ok but it looked like they were closing up shop when we got there. Brandi dropped us off downtown and we did a little shopping before walking back to the ship. A very worthwhile tour!
First, we got VERY lucky with the weather. It was beautiful - not a cloud in the sky. While I can't credit this to the tour, it certainly added to our enjoyment. The Dog sled puppies were adorable and the sled, even being on dirt pulled by a golf cart, was still exciting to see. The dogs do actually run the cart as they would a sled. Frankly, it broke my daughter's heart to leave the puppies at the end of the tour. Jack was our driver and he was a great tour guide. He has been doing this awhile and he loves Alaska and can also tell you about other adventures to experience. Gold panning was fun, but by then we were tired. Jack will accommodate cruisers who need to get back to the ship earlier as well.
We just got home from our Alaskan cruise and this excursion was our favorite day! Skagway was so beautiful and Brandi, our tour guide, was amazing. She was very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. She seemed to really love Skagway and her job and she made it such a fun day. We got to play with 2 week old Musher puppies and went on a short sled ride. The sights of Skagway are not to be missed. It is such a beautiful city! Klondike tours was very easy and professional to deal with and was so happy we chose them rather than a cruise line excursion...not to mention we saved a lot of money doing it this way! Also, we only had about 10 people in our group, which I am sure if we chose the cruise line excursion it would have been at least double, if not more!
Wonderful tour! Knowledgeable and friendly guide. Interesting and funny presentation of information about Skagway, road to the dog sledding and gold panning. Turn the bus when we saw a bear to get closer, took pictures of all passengers at every stop. Dog sledding was wonderful and opportunity to hold 12 days old puppies was haven for my children. Gold panning was fun also, but unfortunately we had little time left. This tour worth the price and left us time to walk around Skagway.