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Howling Dog Tours

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105-712 Bow Valley Trail | Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2H4, Canada
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Once in a lifetime trip.

Your sled is pulled by absolutely beautiful,majestic dogs through the most breathtaking scenery. It... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Clatie2307
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Great Service - Wonderful Experience - Beautiful Dogs

We were recommended to Howling Dog Tours (henceforth HDT) by our hotel and what a fantastic... read more

Reviewed April 4, 2018
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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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105-712 Bow Valley Trail | Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2H4, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Your sled is pulled by absolutely beautiful,majestic dogs through the most breathtaking scenery. It was such a wonderful day and a real memory maker. Our musher Chad was brilliant, he was so knowledgable and you could tell he really loved the dogs. We both took...More

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Reviewed April 4, 2018

We were recommended to Howling Dog Tours (henceforth HDT) by our hotel and what a fantastic experience it turned out to be! The booking process was smooth with the helpful front desk staff Darek (of Juniper) calling HDT for us. Within half an hour, we...More

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Caught the shuttle bus from Banff. 45 min drive though spectacular snow covered country side. After the normal safety briefing we were introduced to guide and musher, Michael. First job was to meet the dogs and give them good pat and greeting. Then we helped...More

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Reviewed March 29, 2018

Had a wonderful time the dogs are really lovely and so friendly they love a good pat . The staff are all amazing nothing is to much trouble. The cookies and hot chocolate are the best . Would do it again best fun ever ....More

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Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

We had a great experience all around with Howling Dog Tours. One guide is assigned to each sled, which holds two guests. The guests ride along in the sled for part of the time and then stand in back with the guide for part of...More

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Reviewed March 25, 2018

This was an amazing experience. Getting to handle the dogs and get to know them was a superb start. Yes there's a bus ride to the start (well you don't want to be sledding round the streets of Canmore!). The guides are fantastic and obviously...More

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Reviewed March 21, 2018 via mobile

If you are prepared to have a poor booking experience and then have your trip, which you planned a year in advance, to be cancelled the evening before your scheduled to go, then book with this company. Oh and reason for cancellation vehicle maintenance and...More

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HowlingDogTours, Owner at Howling Dog Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2018

There are many factors involved in running a dogsled tour company, and the welfare of the dogs is number one. If we feel the dogs need a rest it is because we have their best interest in mind. As well, a major part of our...More

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Reviewed March 20, 2018

From pick-up to drop-off, Howling Dog Tours did a great job of making us feel welcome and comfortable and ensured our entire experience was fabulous! They were timely, efficient, informative, and caring. We were very impressed and pleased with our guide, Doug, who answered our...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

Howling Dog Tours was such an awesome choice for dog sledding! Our two guides, Jessie and Jackson, made the tour absolutely great. We were picked up from our hotel in Canmore and transported to the Spray Lakes where the actual tour is. We got to...More

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

Such an awesome experience from pickup to and from the Canmore office. Very personal, with a great BIG welcome form Rich and our guide Connor was such a pleasure. I would definitely do it again and highly recommend Howling Dog Tours. Thanks again!

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MoeMoe666
February 6, 2018|
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Response from HowlingDogTours | Property representative |
Hi there! We run our tours from December to April; the best weather and snow is usually February and early March! Hope to see you on the trail.
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janegracezhang
August 10, 2016|
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Response from neilm18 | Reviewed this property |
The area is around Banff Alberta which is world renown for its natural beauty and an opportunity to go on hikes, there is Calgary great city, lots of things to do
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Christina W
December 16, 2014|
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Response from HowlingDogTours | Property representative |
Hi! We recommend that you have warm layers of your own, as well as good socks, mitts, hat and boots. The gear that we lend to you for the two hours is at no charge, but it is based on availability. We have snow boots, snow... More
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