Montreal Dog Sledding: An Urban Winter Attraction
No longer a mythical activity on some forgotten wish list, dog sledding in Montreal became a reality in January 2012 with the advent of the Montreal Snow Village. Unfortunately, the village is no more but dog sledding persists as a leading winter attraction: for a few short weeks every winter, locals and visitors can experience dog sledding on the grounds of Parc Jean-Drapeau.
In 2018, Montreal dog sledding tours at Parc Jean-Drapeau run every Saturday from January 20 to February 11, 2018 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Reservations required.
Montreal Dog Sledding: 2018 Season Details
The best—read: only—time of the year to try out dog sledding in Montreal's urban centre is during Montreal snow festival Fête des neiges, which itself runs on weekends from January 20 to February 11, 2018.
For an affordable, short 2-minute introductory run, try Fête des neiges' $16 per person and $10 per child formula. Fête des neiges Accropasse passport holders pay only $12 per person and $8 per child. Note that the Accropasse also grants free access to the Biosphere as well as rebates on food and ice skate rentals at the nearby rink.
Note that dog sledding is naturally contingent on weather conditions since snow is required for the slide to glide.
Après Dog Sledding: What Else Is There to Do?
There's plenty happening at Parc Jean-Drapeau when dog sledding is on the agenda. Montreal snow festival Fête des neiges is in full swing, as are the park's leading winter attractions, notably one of the city's best outdoor skating experiences open to the public but for a short few winter weekends.
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The Montreal Biosphere and Stewart Museum are also open at the same time. As for food and drink, the snow festival typically features several pop-up food stands and food trucks serving everything from poutine to maple-drenched delights.
Montreal Dog Sledding: 2018 Rates and Details
Location: Parc Jean-Drapeau
Neighborhood: Downtown Montreal (Ste. Hélène Island)
Getting There: Jean-Drapeau Metro
Hours: contact rental office for details
Admission: $16 per adult, $10 per child. Activity not recommended for pregnant women. Children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
INFO and Reservations: reservations are mandatory. Call (514) 465-0594 or toll-free at 1-800-465-0594 to book a ride.
Note that dates, rates and details are subject to change without notice.