teams have historically played a prominent role in all Northern
Manitoba aboriginal cultures as one of the main modes of transportation.
Gerald Azure was raised in communities which relied on dog
teams as a form of transportation, and as an adult, he has
run small dog teams for recreational purposes.
Azure is the owner/operator of Bluesky Expeditions. Born
and raised in the Northern Métis Community of Cormorant,
Manitoba. He is the youngest of 10 children. His parents
earned their living commercial trapping and fishing, and used
sled dogs as their primary form of transportation until the
early 1970s when ski-doing came into being.
is a co-founder of the Annual Hudson Bay Quest,
one of the most challenging dog sled races between Churchill,
Manitoba and Arviat, Nunavut. He completed the race along
with his best friend for the first time in 2005. Both mushers
have been recognized for their accomplishments and contributions
to dog sledding in the Churchill area in by Travel Manitoba
Tourism Awards and Manitoba Hydro-Spirit of the Earth Awards
retired from distance racing and organizing in December 2007,
choosing to focus more time and energy on his dog sledding
business and quality time with his dogs and family
Ollander is a West Coast Girl, born and raised on Vancouver
Island in BC; she came to Churchill 4 years ago to do a 3
week locum as a technologist. Well known as dog lover
and outdoor enthusiast since she was a child, she went for
a dog sled ride
and the rest is history!
and Jenafor joined forces in 2006 to open Bluesky
Bed & Sled, uniquely decorated to reflect the history
of dog sledding, guests have the opportunity to spend more
time with their hosts beyond the dog yard, including visits
from our retired sled dogs and walks along the shores of the
Click here for 2007 newsletter (.pdf file)
is committed to responsible dog care including the following
"No-Cull" policy with a Sled Dog Adoption Program;
spaying and neutering our pets to ensure our dog team numbers
are kept under control;
dog in our yard has a unique personality. Some dogs are
slower, some faster we are dedicated to nurturing their
personalities and spirit, and finding a place for them on
are committed to ensuring every dog has the best quality
of life we can provide, including shelter, food and water,
but it doesnt stop there. Human contact with our dogs
beyond the harness and dog yard is a vital component to
a healthy and happy dog. Our dogs are very much a part of
Manitoba is a unique place, and as responsible citizens
and tour operators we endeavor to maintain the environment
and the well being of our dog teams. We are a responsible
and eco-friendly organization.
believe that responsible tourism involving dog teams ensure
both our dogs and clients are happy!
visiting Churchill to view polar bears have often commented
that their dog sledding adventure was an unexpected highlight
of their trip.