Our unique wilderness homestead at Lake Laberge is accessible by dog team or snowmobile in winter, by boat or canoe in summer. We are pleased to offer you a home-style Yukon welcome and experienced guiding by our family members.
We have been in the business of guiding wilderness trips since 1975. Over the years, we have travelled thousands of miles in the Yukon wilderness by foot, dogsled, canoe, boat, and snowmobile; camping, guiding, sled dog racing, and hauling supplies to our home. We have lived year-round in the wilderness for over 30 years. It is our goal to help you feel like you are “coming home to the wilderness,” too.
In winter, we offer guided dogsledding. In summer, our sled dogs join us on hiking and backpacking trips, as pack dogs and companions. We also offer canoeing and boating on Lake Laberge and the Yukon River. Your trip may be a camping trip or based from our wilderness homestead, surrounded by spectacular Lake Laberge scenery. Outstanding skies over the lake and mountains provide sunrises, sunsets, northern lights, and stars, according to the season.
Our family, two middle-aged but fit parents, plus energetic 17- and 20-year-old sons, had the experience of a lifetime over five days in January this year. Temperatures plunged to minus 45 on one memorable morning which was incrediblly challenging but we had the balmy temperature of minus 30s for most of the time whilst we enjoyed clear, bright, sunny days at this wonderful winter wonderland location. The whole experience is very "hands on" from collecting your dogs from their kennels to hitching them up to the sled as well as the scenic rides, doing the same in reverse and making sure they are fed and watered. It’s strenuous but exhilarating. Our eldest enjoyed going out feeding the dogs with Jeninne and Ned. You build a real rapport with the dogs and owners in such a short time, such is the intensity of the experience. Cannot recommend this family-run company highly enough. We have developed a real passion for dogsledding and the wild Yukon landscape and will be back. Thanks so much.
My husband, 16-year-old son and myself just spent three days with the Cathers family. We had the most amazing experience on our dogsledding adventure. Ned, Jennine and Mar were wonderful hosts making us feel extremely welcome. We sledded throughout the day stopping for campfire lunches and then at night spent time together over dinner swapping stories. I can't say enough about the beautiful huskies. They are working dogs that just want to run and run and run. They all are named and have their own kennels and the family knows each and every one just by a glance. Our log cabins were fantastic with log fires to keep us warm. Nothing was a problem for the Cathers family and their knowledge was outstanding. You see the most amazing scenery including night skies with depth you can't imagine. We thoroughly loved our time with the Cathers family and can't wait to visit again. We have come away from this adventure with knowledge and friendship and most importantly an experience of a lifetime.
I first booked for dog mushing with the Cathers in 2004. BEST THING I have ever done. The family are incredible hosts! You learn all aspects of mushing. You meet the stars of the program, those great lovable huskies, you learn to harness them, to feed them, and to drive a sled. The Cathers are fantastic teachers and guides! They help each person with lots of encouragement. They demonstrate everything one needs to learn and really work to ensure you have an enjoyable experience. The location, spectacular scenery, forests, lakes, cabins, the northern lights that can occur, and the winter atmosphere are spectacular! Did I mention the food? Great home cooking and lots of it! Having lunch on the trail in the Yukon wilderness, sitting around a campfire and meeting folks from around the world is another big plus! After the first week, I was hooked! I have been coming back for over ten years! Each time I learn new things about mushing, and the Yukon, and make new friends – human and dog!
Cathers Wilderness Adventures