Saint Johner Continues Trek From Manitoba By Dog Sled

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 11:08 AM

A Saint John native travelling by dog sled from Manitoba to New Brunswick says his trip has been incredible so far.

Justin Allen is currently about 1,300 kilometres into his 3,000-kilometre journey, which started in Churchill, Man.

He landed in the northern Ontario community of Peawanuck earlier this week, where we reached him by phone.

"It's an amazing community," says Allen. "The people here have really reached out and welcomed us with open arms. They've given us a place to sleep and people have been dropping by food. Everyone's been looking after us."

Allen has been visiting school kids along the way to share his passion for sled dogs and the history of dog mushing.

He says both he and the dogs are doing great, but one thing he wasn't expecting was the cost of goods.

"I just went today to gas up to get us through this next section and you know gas is $3 a litre here, the last community was $2.70, so we didn't quite realize how expensive everything is through the north," says Allen. "It's a true testament to what everyone has to deal with every day up here."

A truck is meeting Allen along the way carrying supplies and essentials for him and his 12 dogs.

He's not sure when he'll arrive back in New Brunswick, but he plans to open Boss Dog Expeditions, a tour operation and race team next winter.

Allen has a GoFundMe page to help fund the trip which has raised over $12,000 of a $30,000 goal.

You can also follow the journey back to New Brunswick through a live GPS tracker or on their Facebook page.