Siberian husky, dog-sledding, quebec, winter

VIDEO: Discovering dog-sledding — the hard way

Story by Adrian Brijbassi
Vacay.ca Managing Editor

QUEBEC CITY — Daniel Therrien says, “You have to try everything once.” Therrien is a trainer for sled dogs at the Quebec Winter Carnival and he was showing Vacay.ca’s Adrian Brijbassi the ropes just before sending him on his way around a snowy kilometre-long track with a pack of six beautiful Siberian Huskies. The ropes, though, were a little too much for our editor to handle. After making it smoothly around the first turn, Brijbassi hit the brakes a little too early and the dogs slowed down fast, ending up in a tangle. Therrien and his team had to undo the ropes and then help Brijbassi back on his way. But at the second-to-last bend, the sled veered a little too sharply and collapsed over, spilling out camerawoman Julia Pelish and causing the dogs to look back in confusion. You’ll see that moment in the video above.

Needless to say, Vacay.ca will not be entering the Iditarod anytime soon.

Siberian husky, dog-sledding, quebec, winter

This beautiful Siberian Husky was one of the sled dogs on the Plains of Abraham. (Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca)

 

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Adrian is the editor of Vacay.ca and VacayNetwork.com. He also edited "Inspired Cooking", a nutrition-focused cookbook featuring 20 of Canada's leading chefs and in support of the cancer-fighting charity, InspireHealth. "Inspired Cooking" was created in honour of Adrian's late wife and Vacay.ca co-founder, Julia Pelish, who passed away of brain cancer in 2016. Adrian has won numerous awards for his travel writing, travel photography, and fiction, and has visited more than 55 countries. He is a former editor at the Toronto Star and New York Newsday, and was the social media and advocacy manager for Destination Canada. His articles have frequently appeared in the Huffington Post, Globe & Mail, and other major publications. He has appeared on national and local broadcasts, talking about travel, sports, creative writing and journalism. In 2019, he launched Trippzy, a travel-trivia app developed to educate consumers about destinations around the world.