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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
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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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Great dog sled tour in wonderful "The Reverent" countryside

Although we have travelled a lot the idea of a dog sled tour was something new and we were uncertain what to expect. My partners daughter had arranged it and she and her friend... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Paul L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Although we have travelled a lot the idea of a dog sled tour was something new and we were uncertain what to expect. My partners daughter had arranged it and she and her friend both working as ski instructors in the area came with us. The company picked us up from our hotel in Banff, the driver Pierre was great... More 

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Brandon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The company came and picked my friend and i up at our hotel in Canmore and drove us to the pick up spot for everyone else. They also picked up people from Banff. Once everyone arrived for our van, we went on our way. The driver was really nice and talked to us about what we were seeing and answered... More 

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Sippy Downs, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was here Saturday and I was blown away by the tour. Amazing energy from the dogs tour leaders etc. will recommend this to anyone who visits Canada. Had an awesome guide as well and spotted a moose. Can't get much better.

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had this scheduled as part of our tour package so we were definitely looking forward to it. our driver from Lake Louise to Banff told us that when he did it, his favorite part was the dogs. Didn't fully understand that comment, but once we arrived on scene, it was made quite clear that the dogs are the main... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My recent trip to Banff included a sled dog experience with Howling Dog Tours. We got to help harness the dogs and run the sled. The weather was perfect and the ride was great fun. We learned about the dogs...and about dog sledding. Would recommend this experience and Howling Dog Tours.

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Saint John, New Brunswick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Going dog-sledding has always been on my "bucket list" and this did not disappoint. We were initially going to book with the "other guys" (Snowy Owl, separate review) but ended up with Howling Dog's "Unleash the Musher" tour. This was an amazing experience - we learned how to harness a dog, we took turns riding in the sled or on... More 

Thank DorothySJ
Calgary, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I had the absolute displeasure of dealing with Rich, the owner, of Howling Dog Tour this past weekend. We attempted to use a $150 gift certificate we had received a few seasons back, 2013, in order to pay for our tour. The certificate was said to have expired in 2014. I politely and calmly, attempted to explain... More 

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

The gift certificates that are sold for a specific tour in a set season are exempt from the regulations: "cards valid for a specific service are not covered under these regulations" - to quote from the law. The examples set are usually spa services, which set expiry dates simply because that 2 hour massage will probably get a price increase... More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I did a dog sledding guided tour today and it was incredible. Blake our driver was extremely helpful and gave great information during the trip. I would highly recommend this touring company, but make sure to bring cash to buy your picture and tip your driver. We left our wallets in our car so had to pay... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did the 'unleash the mushers' tour on January 5 2016 while visiting Banff for my fiancés birthday. It was quite possibly the best thing I've ever done. I loved it. The company were professional, prompt and we'll priced. Their main office called our hotel room the day before to confirm that we'd be doing the tour as arranged and... More 

Thank Leanne L
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We booked the 10AM tour on New Year's day. Everything from the check-in at Purely Pet's, to the ride up the mountain and back with Rich was incredible and professional. We had two sleds booked for my husband, myself and our two children (ages 9 and 4). The sleds were large and comfortable and the guides brought in extra blankets... More 

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