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Howling Dog Tours

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Address: #105, 712 Bow Valley Trail | Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2T8, Canada
Phone Number: 403-678-9588
Description: Howling Dog Tours is a family-run operation out of Canmore Alberta and...
Howling Dog Tours is a family-run operation out of Canmore Alberta and offers visitors a unique outdoor adventure. The company runs tours in the majestic Rocky mountains, near Canmore, Banff and Kananaskis Country, which combine spectacular alpine scenery with the fun of a dogsled ride. Whether you prefer to sit back as a passenger or attempt to lead your own husky team with the help of your guide, the experience is truly unforgettable. There is plenty of interaction with the Alaskan and Siberian huskies, snacks and beverages, and a professional guide on each sled. Howling Dog offers a variety of tours, ranging from two-hour trips to half-day adventures, and can create custom trips for groups and corporations. Howling Dog Tours Ltd. is based out of Canmore, Alberta, and is not affiliated with the B.C. company with a similar name.Each tour begins with a complimentary pick up in Banff or Canmore, followed by a scenic drive to the site in the back country of the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival to the site, guests are given a brief introduction, as well as safety talk prior to being assigned to a guide. Each sled is professionally guided for the guests safety and comfort. It is company policy to only run guided sleds; it is the best way to control a dog team and still give the customer a chance to take a turn driving the team, decreasing the risk of injury to dogs and guests! The guides will make sure that each guest has appropriate gear, and if required, snow boots, pants, jackets and hats will be loaned to the guest for the tour duration - no charge! Once the guests are ready, the introduction to the team happens, where each person is encouraged to learn the dogs names, and help harness a dog. Guests are then allowed to help while the guide hooks up the dogs to the lines in front of the sled. The dogs, when walked to the line, may be lifted up to walk on their back feet - this is done to control the pressure of the collar on the neck, because the are so strong and want to pull (we call this "taking them out of 4-wheel drive!). Once out on the trail, there is plenty of time to learn more about each dog and the breed in general. The breeds you will see are the Alaskan, Siberian, and Seppala Husky. There are Iditarod and Yukon Quest veterans to meet as well as retired sprint racing dogs, still full of energy and always raring to go! Snacks and hot beverages are offered at the mid-way point of the tours. The dogs are rewarded at the end of the tour with a biscuit and bowl of water - hugs are allowed too! Each trip ends by offering for purchase (optional) a photo of the moving team and guests, taken at the start of the tour - the only photo you can't get yourself! Take some time to get the names of your team written on the back, so you can remember them for a lifetime!
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There's another review about this company stating 'no refund - no care' which is totally true. If you book using your credit card there is no way of a refund (not even a % back... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed January 26, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

There's another review about this company stating 'no refund - no care' which is totally true. If you book using your credit card there is no way of a refund (not even a % back) if you fall ill/there is a snow storm and you cannot make it/your car broke down, or if any other ill-fated situation happens to you.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Amazing activity! the dogs are all very friendly to people and there is time to sit and visit with the dogs, I found that amazing since howling dogs owns 200 dogs and they are all suited for human contact! amazing experience! Recommend to anyone

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I was very cold even with snow pants and boots. lol But it was a great experience. The guide was knowledgeable, and the dogs were sweet and friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

This tour was amazing. From start to finish this company did it right. First the drive to the sleds is amazing. The driver was friendly. When you get there they have ski pants and boots for those that did not bring them which is a great touch. Once you are there they give your a great tutorial. The whole tour... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The entire Howling Dog Tour staff including Matthew and Damian were great. The photo opportunity is worth the purchase too. The stars of this attraction were definitely the natural beauty of Alberta, Canada and the team of sled dogs! You must use Howling Dog Tour for dog sledding in Banff/Lake Louise/Canmore. Bucket List - check!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Howling Dog Tours is excellent! We had a fantastic time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made it an amazing experience for us. The dogs are fantastic and friendly, I loved being able to interact with them. The scenery is beautiful and everyone at Howling Dog Tours that I dealt with was friendly and helpful. I was able to check... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

An enjoyable, fun experience. Highly recommended. Our guide, CJ, was knowledgeable and taught us about the dogs. Howling Dog Tours is aptly named as the dogs howl until they get going. They want to do their work. The dogs all have unique personalities. There were 12 sleds that went out with 7-8 dogs per sled. We were very warm in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had the most memorable time with howling dog tours. Our guide Martin was fantastic. Sitting back in the sled been guided was great, had the option also of helping guide the sled. It was fantastic scenery & a very memorable moment been guided by the dogs. Thanks to Martin & howling dogs for a very memorable trip

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Essex, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Well worth the money, a fantastic experience. Make no mistake this is a fully experience setup. From the time they pick you up in the clean mini bus, the driver had so much knowledge and made easy conversation, whilst driving safety up the mountain to meet the dogs. The location Spray Lakes in Provincial Park Canmore was absolutely beautiful. You... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I went on a howling dog tour in a group of 6 at the end of december. Logistically they were easy to deal with. Despite it being cold out when we went (-24) we had a very nice time. Everything ran according to schedule and on time. All of the staff were very friendly and you could tell they enjoyed... More 

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