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Howling Dog Tours

Address: #105, 712 Bow Valley Trail | Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2T8, Canada
Phone Number: 403-678-9588
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife tours, Sightseeing Tours, Outdoor Activities
Owner description: Howling Dog Tours is a family-run operation out of Canmore Alberta and offers visitors a unique...
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Type: Nature & wildlife tours, Sightseeing Tours, Outdoor Activities
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I went on the howling dog tour 2hr tour on February 24th 2015. We had a great time! Our guide Cole was very informative and talkative the whole time. He even recommended a great restaurant for us to eat at for our last evening in Canmore. We greatly appreciate the hospitality the whole tour company has shown... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I was really expecting a dog sledging experience that would be as exclusively your own experience as possible, but also understanding that we wouldn't be the only ones dog sledging at the time. I must say I found it was more like one big dog sledging traffic jam, as it was continually stopping …and starting…along the route. I would have... More 

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HowlingDogTours, Owner at Howling Dog Tours, responded to this review

The experience we provide to the guests is partially dictated by the snow and trail conditions, and the first two points that were brought up are a result of it being a lower snow year, with a hard-packed surface trail. The government gives us a permit to run in the Spray Lakes Provincial park, and only on one trail system.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

As a dog trainer from the U.S. I found this to be an absolutely well done and satisfying experience. I was impressed with the professionalism and courtesy of all staff, the care and condition of the dogs and most especially that many of the dogs are "rescue" dogs. Wow! Our guide, Jesse, was fun, informative and patient with us AND... More 

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful time on the tour. It was great to be able to interact with the dogs and the set up! Highly recommend this company

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

My fiance and I took advantage of a package on Travel Alberta's website which allowed us to stay at the beautiful Stoneridge Mountain Resort and experience a 2-hour dog sled experience with our knowledgeable guide, Hayden. The tour was wonderful!! Hayden answered all of our questions and let us hop on the back of the sled! It was such a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My wife and I stayed in Lake Louise for a long weekend and my wife chose Howling Dog because it looked like the best experience, and it was awesome! Although it is quite the drive (one hour freeway) from Lake Louise and then another 25 minutes to get to the site with their shuttle it is worth the time. We... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

it was on our bucket list on our journey through Canada and really happy we did it with Howling Dog Tours. This experience was amazing: the harmony between the dogs and the people working with them was heard warming. if you go there don´t expect just Husky's, but a colorful mix of all kinda dogs that mixed with Husky, German... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Sled dogs yelling and talking, fun guides and the opportunity to mush. These are a few of our favourite things about Howling Dog sledding tours. Riding in a dog sled is such a great way to experience the mountain forests and scenery. Each dog as a unique and very entertaining personality. Highly recommended!

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went out in the mid afternoon and had an absolutely amazing time. The staff were polite, efficient, and determined for us to have an enjoyable experience. The various staff were chatty and brought both education and experience to their roles. I think this run would be pretty cold in the early morning or in the late afternoon. Mid afternoon... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

My daughters and I went on their two hour tour. From start to finish it was perfect. They collected us at our hotel then we collected more folks at their office site. We drove up into the mountains to their site beside the Spray Lakes. We were introduced to our guide Luke. He then introduced us to our dogs and... More 

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