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Howling Dog Tours

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Canmore, Canada
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About Howling Dog Tours
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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Lew44 wrote a review Jan 23
Edmonton63 contributions50 helpful votes
We took the 2 hour sled dog tour to celebrate a 60th birthday. We were five adults and took three sleds. It was fabulous right from the pick up at the office in Canmore. We travelled by van up the mountain to the park area and were treated to lots of local information by our driver, It was quite a sight when the dogs started getting excited about the upcoming tour. Our drivers were very capable and personable (Sara, Slavic and Jon) and the friendly dogs were top notch. The drivers know the dogs very well and the dogs are very friendly and well cared for. The stop for hot chocolate was a very welcome opportunity to warm up and to interact with the dogs. We were given the opportunity to drive the sled, harness a dog, hold the line while the dogs were hooked up and treat/feed them at the end. Full blast heat was very welcome on the van ride back to town! The photo taken of my daughter and me in the sled was so good we thought it could be on the website! Be sure to put this experience on your list and do it!
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Lindsay M wrote a review Jan 13
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What an amazing day we had!! We loved how interactive this was. Our guide Sasha was amazing, friendly and knowledgeable, answered our questions and really made our time amazing. We did this for our anniversary and loved that we got to engage with the dogs so much. Love that they’re all adopted in and out of the program and their welfare is really taken into consideration. The views at spray lakes were amazing, even on a foggy/snowy day. We loved helping yell out commands as well! Highly recommend to anyone looking to dog sled in the Canmore area!
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Date of experience: January 2022
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verhardt wrote a review Jan 4
Calgary, Canada24 contributions12 helpful votes
We had a phenomenal time with Howling Dog tours. From the very beginning we were welcomed with smiles and friendly staff. We were given the option to borrow snow pants or hefty winter boots free of charge. Our driver John was hilarious, charming and engaging and made our drive very entertaining. He was knowledgeable about dog sledding as well as a local of 15 years, so he gave many great tips about the area. He also traversed the sketchy icy roads with confidence. Sasha was our dogsledding guide and was also so warm and engaging. He seemed to be an expert and made sure that we had a fantastic experience. All of the staff care so deeply about the dogs. It was so beautiful to see the joy and fullness of life these dogs get to experience. They were so friendly and loved to be loved on. The beauty through the mountains is also incredible, and despite chilly temperatures, we were very warm with the blankets in the sled! Yes it is a very expensive experience, but it is a bucket list item and I would absolutely recommend it!!!
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Date of experience: January 2022
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MICHELLE wrote a review Dec 2021
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I can't believe I'm posting this on TripAdvisor - orginally I didn't want to but think I have to voice my experience. I was in the dog sledding tour with friends on Dec 19 morning. We were having fun until the half-way break, then a terrible accident happens. When we were preparing to take off and the guide took off the leash to let the dogs run, the rope lock flew on my face and for a sudden i thought I would lost my left eye…the lock hurt my eye badly and I was in a lot of pain and it kept tearing up. Fortunately, my eye is fine and I can see, and didn’t hurt my vision. It really HURTS and got swollen after we got back to Canmore. Then it turned purple / blue the next day. I kept looking like that for the whole Xmas and New year and explaining this accident to family and friends. I emailed the tour right afterwards but they didn't got back to me in 3 days. Though they apologized for the delay, but there were NO APOLOGY to me for my injuries - tbh, everytime I thought about this I'm very upset and scared, I could've be blind! And I was shocked that the business owner didn't even send out an apology letter or offer any refund to me AT ALL. I didn't mean to ruin their rating but I feel it's necessary to tell everyone my experience, and how disappointed I am with them. Please be safe & sound in the new year. Train your guides with extra care with guests, check the email regularly everyday, and please think about what you should do as a business when accident happens to customers.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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fisher1962 wrote a review Dec 2021
Sydney Australia237 contributions120 helpful votes
It was a good experience. Our guide was great. Knew all the dogs and was very friendly and chatty with us. The dogs are the stars of the whole experience. Happy, well looked after and eager to run. It was -30 so we dressed for the day and we had lots of warm blankets. I found it pricy for what it was. Because of covid we could not be picked up so spent $24 on the bus there and back but we were not offered a discount which would have been nice. The ride itself was not long. 25 mins there and back in the bus from the office so that’s 50 mins out of the advertised 2 hours. $250 plus for say an hour all up getting the dogs leashed and starting off, Stopping for a hot drink, so I think it is pretty pricy but they have huge overheads I would guess with all the dogs and staff they need to look after. Would not go out of my way to do it again.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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