Man dogsledding from Churchill to New Brunswick reaches halfway point

A musher and his 12 Alaskan huskies have reached the halfway point of their 3,000-kilometre dogsled trek from Manitoba to his home province of New Brunswick.

Justin Allen and his 12 Alaskan huskies left Churchill, Man., in January for Saint John, N.B.

Justin Allen is halfway through a 3,000-kilometre journey home to Saint John from northern Manitoba by dog sled. (Submitted by Justin Allen)

A musher and his 12 Alaskan huskies have reached the halfway point of their 3,000-kilometre dogsled trek from Manitoba to his home province of New Brunswick.

Justin Allen left Churchill, Man., on January 22 and arrived in Moosonee, Ont., earlier this week after travelling roughly 1,700 kilometres through the tundra, down tree-lined trails and along Hudson's Bay.

According to a tracking app on the dogsledder's website, he's currently south of James Bay, near the Ontario-Quebec border. 

Allen, who spends hours caring for his dogs every day, says there have been many challenges thus far, including sledding through waist-deep snow and over icy roads.

He says his team — J.T., Bella, Goldie, Howler, Mouse, Acer, Alpine, Ash, Juniper, Sequoia, Tamarack, and Willow — are happy and healthy, but are a bit confused given this is the longest they've ever been away from home.

Until now, the longest trip he has taken with the dogs was about 380 kilometres, but he says they ran thousands of kilometres in their training for this trek.

The 34-year-old man has been stopping in communities along the way, talking with kids in schools about dogsledding and the benefits of living an active outdoor lifestyle.