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Howling Dog Tours

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Address: 105-712 Bow Valley Trail | Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2H4, Canada
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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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Thrill of a lifetime!

This experience was well worth the time and money. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We got picked up from our hotel in a comfortable shuttle. The drive up to the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Vancouver, BC

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Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This experience was well worth the time and money. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We got picked up from our hotel in a comfortable shuttle. The drive up to the activity site was a bit long. I would recommend going to the washroom before boarding the shuttle. There were port-a-potties at the dog sledding base too. The guides... More 

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barrie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went for the starter 2 hours sled experience. It was super cold the week we were in Canmore, and it snowed a lot, which meant a great sledding experience. The van ride to the park is on a mountain road, and windy/bumpy. the driver did a great job and got us there. Loved the education about sledding, and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing experience with a great team of very friendly dogs and guide. Shuttle service was good too, friendly and knowledgeable staff. But those dogs... they are so great! And while I had some reservations about having dogs working for me, those feelings were gone after the first 50 meters. They LOVE to do it. Don't miss out on this experience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I went on Valentine's Day and we had the most amazing time. The dogs got so excited and were so friendly and loving. We had the opportunity to harness them before they were attached to the sled. Scenery outstanding, guide brilliant. Stopped for a break of hot chocolate and cookies. The dogs just wanted to run! And... More 

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Canmore, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Love this organization - we have gone twice with family and friends. Very kid friendly. Incredibly beautiful setting. Great attention to safety, and importantly, great attention to the dogs, who seem very healthy and extremely happy! I can't imagine a more 'Canadian' experience for Canadians and visitors to enjoy.

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The staff and dogs were amazing! We had so much fun on the trails and seeing the magnificent trails. We got to harness the dogs and really interact with the preparations, from holding the line as the dogs were being harnessed to feeding them treats at the end. It was a very nice experience, very professional and friendly staff!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My boyfriend and I traveled to Canmore on the weekend for the 2-hour unleash the musher tour and it was such a fun day! We both got the chance to help harness the dogs and stand on the back of the sled, which was lots of fun, and we were able to walk around and visit with all the dogs... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was much more than just a trip. We went just two of us, my wife an myself, and we are both seniors. It was truly excellent experience, perfectly prepared and organized from A to Z. On top of it, one could see, how much the people involved sincerely love their dogs and care about them. Great! Thank you.

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Lethbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great outfit. Very knowledgeable sled guides. We went with my wife and girls aged 4 and 10. They let my girls drive the sled with the guides practically the whole way. They loved it. 10 km loop with a stop half way to have cookies and hot chocolate. But my girls were too busy playing the the hyper excited puppies... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This had been a life long dream for 2 pensioners from England and we were not disappointed. The coach/minibus picked us up from our hotel in Banff and drove us to Canmore where we then continued up the snowy mountain roads passing great scenery until we arrived where the dogs were ready for us. My sister and I met our... More 

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