I was shocked to learn about a tragic accident that took the life of John Daley (see photo above). I spent a winter working with John and am very sad to hear about his passing on. I took some time today to go through an old photo album filled with dog sled pictures taken from Voyageur Quest’s first season offering Ontario Dog sledding trips
. That year, 1993, we teamed up with John‘s Windigo Chain Outfitters and operated 4 day dog sled trips
to Temagami’s Diamond Lake. John’s dogs were really outstanding - incredibly trained. We started the trips with an orientation and practice run at Andorra Lodge before heading down the Red Squirrel Road for 3 days and two nights in heated wall tents. Our guests loved the experience John was the consummate alpha male himself- if a dog was really out of control, he would wrestle the dog to ground and bite the dog’s lip. The dog would immediately settle down and John would carry on – with a blood frozen to his handle -bar mustache. Another memory of John - traveling down Diamond Lake at full speed on the last morning of a trip, looking across to see John’s team really flying - with John doing a headstand on his sled. He will be missed.