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Muktuk Adventures

Dog sledding, Yukon Territory © Jeff Nelson
Dog sledding, Yukon Territory © Jeff Nelson

In a remote area of Yukon Territory, on the banks of the Takhini River, a man named Frank Turner - who has completed the gruelling Yukon Quest, a 1,000-mile sled-dog race, more times than anyone else - has established a truly wonderful community, centred around caring for his beloved sled-dogs. In recent years, the Muktuk Kennels have grown into a massively popular excursion for visitors to Whitehorse, and it is not hard to see why. The staff at Muktuk Kennels, who look after more than 140 sled-dogs (mainly huskies, samoyeds and malumuts), are deeply committed to the animals, and always try to include visitors in their daily care routines. The eco-friendly guest houses (all operated on solar power) are comfortable, and homey, and offer panoramic views of the spectacular, unspoilt Ibex Valley. In winter, visitors can have a go at 'mushing' with the dogs, and in summer, when, for health reasons, the dogs aren't run, canoeing and kayaking on the lake are the most popular activities. Muktuk Adventures is a heart-warming place to visit, that is sure to appeal to dog-lovers and nature-lovers the world over.

Address: Kilometre marker 1443, Alaska Highway, Whitehorse

Website: www.muktuk.com