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Address: 105-712 Bow Valley Trail | Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2H4, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-678-9588

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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Whether you are a local or a tourist, this is a MUST do activity with family and friends... Our musher is knowledgeable and the dogs are treated good and well. One should... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 29, 2016
Cris B
Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Whether you are a local or a tourist, this is a MUST do activity with family and friends... Our musher is knowledgeable and the dogs are treated good and well. One should experience this in their lifetime!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

It was an amazing time ! Breathtaking views and unusual experience. Recommended to anyone out there who wants to try something a bit different.

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Woodstock, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

Someone told me before going that they did this and the dogs pooped as they ran and it flew back onto them. NOT THE CASE!! So don't let that stop you. We had 2 adults in the sled. It's on the ground so if you have trouble getting down low and back up, this might not be for you...although you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

We love dogs, so going on a dog sled tour was a 'must' for our vacation in Banff. We met in Canmore and were shuttled by van to our sledding area. We met our guide and he introduced us to each of our dogs. We were given the choice to sit back and watch our guide harness all of our... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

This is my second time of dog sledding with the same company. Its a really good experience to be with nature. You can pet the dog too. You can also help give each dog their treat after the activity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2016

Had a great experience dog sledding with this company. They picked us up right from our hotel in Banff and dropped us back as well. About 45 minutes each way from Banff to Canmore but there were other people in the van to talk to which was nice. When we got to the dog sledding site we didn't waste much... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2016

I have read some of the previous reviews and am surprised at some of the negatives. This is an amazing experience with beautiful scenery, experienced mushers and competent dogs. The ride to the dog sledding park was amazing in itself. Chris picked us up at our hotel and shared much insight and information about the area. Drew, our guide, is... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words - we strive to make the whole experience one to remember for all guests. We appreciate all comments and reviews! It is great to hear from someone who has experienced it before - thanks for giving us your top spot! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

Amazing time. The energy from the dogs and guides during the whole ordeal was awesome. For someone who never grew up with dogs I felt like taking them home with me. Super friendly dogs and staff. Drew was an amazing guide and loves his dogs. Definitely up there in my top activities ever done! Thank you for the awesome memories

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

The guide was nice and may be she was the only good thing in this experience, the sled is really slow speed and we had to stop every 4 meters

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

In the spring, we experience a change of snow conditions within hours; perhaps this reviewer experienced an afternoon tour where the snow conditions get sticky due to the warm up during the day - but really, we still keep a decent pace, as the same amount of trail is covered in the same time frame no matter what time of... More 

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2016

The timing was perfect but the location wasn't the best, the scenery wasn't that great while you are dog sledding and most importantly, most of the dogs look very sick and smell very bad. Adding to these things, the sleds were going super slow and stopping every couple of minutes which was very boring. The whole trip was 2 hours... More 

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

Howling Dog Tours operates in the Spray Lakes Provincial Park, about a 25 minute drive from Canmore, or 50 minutes from Banff. The tours take place in the scenic back country, and we are restricted to trails that the government allots to us. In our opinion, we are in one of the most beautiful areas of the world! Even the... More 

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