Ski Wentworth offering dog sled rides this week
© Rose Willigar - Amherst Daily News
Mike Stratton heads on the trail with a team of Siberian Huskies with Nancy MacFarlane in the sled at Ski Wentworth on Sunday. The rides are available at Ski Wentworth today, and then again from March 18 to 21 starting at 10 a.m.
WENTWORTH – Heading cross country with a team of dogs is the opportunity people have at Ski Wentworth when Rob Cooke from Edmundston, N.B., brought 20 of his Siberian huskies to join Mike Stratton’s four Alaskan huskies.
“This is the second time I’ve brought my dogs to Wentworth. It’s a nice break for me and the dogs from the routine of racing the dogs. It’s a slow pace and gives us the chance to let people see what dog sledding is about and to unwind a bit,” Cooke said.
Cooke, who got involved with dog sledding 12 years ago while living in the United Kingdom, moved to Canada five years ago and brought his love for dog sledding with him.
“The dogs and I usually take part in five races a year. There’s a lot of training involved for the dogs. They love coming to Wentworth and meeting the people as much as I do,” Cooke said.
“One guy this morning (Sunday) brought his kids up for a ride and later told me that the dog sled ride ranked up there with being in Disneyland for the kids.”
Stratton, part of the Ski Patrol team at Ski Wentworth, brings his four dogs including Lyle (Alaskan husky) who just last fall had part of his lip removed after being diagnosed with cancer.
“He had a lump that wasn’t going away. At first the vet gave me medication but when that didn’t work they removed the lump, which included removing part of Lyle’s lip,” Stratton said, adding Lyle now has a clean bill of health.
The run Stratton and Cooke take people on is a six-kilometre trail at the top of the mountain on the cross-country skiing trails.
The dog sled rides will be available at Ski Wentworth today and Thursday though Sunday starting at 10 a.m. For more information or to register call Jenn at 548-2089 ext 224.