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Address: #105, 712 Bow Valley Trail | Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2T8, Canada
Phone Number: 403-678-9588
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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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We took a day off from skiing and had a great time on the dog sled tour healthy dogs and good knowledgable staff

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
Jill R
Jersey, null, Jersey
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This was a great fun experience, made more so by the guide (Clay) and the beautiful dogs. Well organised, well run, and to be out in the wonderful Canadian Rockies makes it a fabulous all round experience. Thank you Howling Dog!

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Jersey, null, Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We took a day off from skiing and had a great time on the dog sled tour healthy dogs and good knowledgable staff

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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We had a fantastic time dogsledding last week. There were eight of us, including two kids, so we split into three sleds. All the guides were great with us - seemed to be able to relate to the clientele (i.e. the guide with the two kids and an adult was great with the kids). We were staying in Banff for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

My Sister and I went on this Dog Sled Tour to celebrate my 40th Birthday. I have a husky myself, and he is the best. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the huskies, who were all very calm and people friendly. The tour was 2 hours, but with the drive up and being at the departure area in advance, we started... More 

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

From friendly, knowledgeable staff to happy and healthy dogs, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. I shall definitely be going again!

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Silka was a amazing guide for our group! Our sled held me, the mom, and two girls 12 and 7. Silka endured the endless questions of two little girls with aplomb and kindness. Our family was part of a much larger group of Girl Guides from Calgary. We were about 20 kids and 5 adults, and everyone was simply fantastic.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015 via mobile

we had the time of our lives. The tour was amazing and the views even better. After traveling 1700 meters up the mountain we were introduced to our dog team, very happy and friendly dogs. Our sled driver ( Tommie) was very knowledgable about the terrain and the team as well as Canmore itself. They stop half way through the... More 

Thank Steve S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Thanks to the folks at Howling Dogs Tours for an incredible Sunday afternoon. The dogs were so friendly and Martin our guide was great. We will be back....👍

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

What a great experience. The driver that took us out was very friendly and helpful. The scenery on the ride is breath taking. The ride is fun but its the driver who makes it fun. His name was Lyndsay and he made it an enjoyable two hours. Just a note that it does not hurt to give these drivers a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I took my 5 year old daughter on her first sledding tour, although there was a bit too much stop/start for me, she used the experience to help our guide secure the sled line and was able to assist "driving" the sled. Our guide Josh was amazing and the dogs themselves were magnificent. We own a husky and being able... More 

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