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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We booked the 2-hour Unleash the Musher noon tour. We received a confirmation phone call the evening before reminding us the wear appropriate winter clothes; boots, snow pants, hat, gloves, eye protection was also recommended. We were probably over prepared with down jackets and stadium...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When I booked over the phone I specifically asked how long we would be dog sledding. The staff person told me It is a 2 hour tour. But this was very decieving because that included getting ready, van ride to the staging area, and van...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank richshaner
Leaddog_1, Owner at Howling Dog Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

On our 2 hour tour, all the guests are at the site for 2 hours (this does not include van time to and from the site!). During the 2 hours, guests are given a group introduction, then assigned to their guides. They are then introduced...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a late afternoon/evening tour on the 29th of December and loved every minute! Stuart and Doug were our very capable guides and we had a wonderful time. The dogs were adorable and so keen to run! Highly recommended.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Grammarjunkie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We as a party of 3 took this tour in December, 2018. I am disabled and was not fully prepared for the need of snow shoes as I thought good grip walking shoes would be suitable which they weren't. I felt very insecure about doing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

Without a doubt, this was a highlight from our time in Banff. We had a fabulous time with our guide and 6 gorgeous dogs. The scenery was incredible and could see the dogs were well loved and cared for. I highly recommend this - worth...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 14, 2019

This was a bucket list item for us, and it did not disappoint! We were picked up at our hotel in Banff (& driver was patient as they had to call us via phone as we were at an the right building but at an...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 14, 2019 via mobile

We had an amazing experience on our dog sled tour! Beautiful and friendly dogs (and obviously very well loved and cared for), as well as a very experienced and knowledgable staff. We would highly recommend! And thank you to our excellent guide Harry!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Fiona H
Reviewed January 13, 2019 via mobile

We did this tour on New Years Day and it was COLD. However, planning ahead and dressing appropriately helped us out. Our guide Connor was awesome and knew all the dogs and their personalities. He answered every question we had and clearly cared for the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ddilo
Reviewed January 8, 2019

We learned from locals that this is the best of all the dog sled rides one can go on. The owners are very good to their dogs, and both dogs and sled guide are very well trained compared to other groups. The adventure is well...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Charles K
HowlingDogTours, Owner at Howling Dog Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2019

A heartfelt "thank you" for such kind words...our dogs are number one to us!

Reviewed January 6, 2019

Truly a memorable experience. We were picked up from our hotel in Banff and efficiently transported to the venue. We were introduced to our "musher" and our dog team. The ride was exhilarating and you get to help "mush" the dogs. At the halfway pint...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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996wandaleec
November 3, 2018|
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Response from HowlingDogTours | Property representative |
Hello! Thank you for your interest in Howling Dog Tours. We are based out of Canmore, Alberta (not BC), near Banff. We do not allow any dogs on our tours, sorry! Let me know if you have any further questions.
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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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