A Saint John man and his pack of dogs are making an epic journey across Canada, travelling an estimated 3000 kilometres from Manitoba to his home province.
Justin Allen is making the trip of a lifetime by dog sled, travelling through snowmobile tracks and winter roads with his 12 canine companions and we had the chance to talk with him while he was in Gillam, which is about 270 kilometres from his start point in Churchill, Manitoba.
"Overall the dogs are doing amazing, they're all happy healthy, and fit. They did great this first section," says Allen.
We asked Allen to describe the experience of travelling by dog sled.
"Very surreal, it's very quiet, you feel like there's a super smooth energy that flows through the team and when everyone comes together and works together and they're all in sync, you just kind of feel at one with nature — it's hard to describe."
He says they don't have any timeline for getting back to New Brunswick, but once he's back he plans to open Boss Dog Expeditions, a tour operation and race team next winter.
Allen has a Go Fund Me page to help fund the trip which has raised over $10,000 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.
You can hear the full interview with Allen this Sunday on Pulse NB, our weekly news magazine show, which airs after the 9am news and again at 9pm.