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“2 hour dog sled”
Review of Howling Dog Tours

Howling Dog Tours
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Owner description: 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 February 20, 2013

My boyfriend and I recently went on the two hour dog sledding tour. We both had such an amazing time. We were able to be quite hands on with the dogs which we both loved as we are huge dog lovers. The tour definitely exceeded my expectations. We both thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Thank Kristina L
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We had pretty high expectations for our dog sled adventure. With a six year old daughter who is obsessed with husky dogs, we headed up the road for our howling adventure. What a blast! The dogs were great and we shot tons of video of talking and howling sled dogs. We enjoyed the whole experience. Our charming musher-guide mesmerized our daughter and she fell in love with the sled dog Everest. A day we will never forget. On the way down the mountain we booked as second sled dog ride for the next day. Highly recommend this company-they thought of everything to make the sled ride an awesome experience. Tons of fun! Thanks Locky our guide!

Thank diannekirwin
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

A perfect way to see and enjoy the beauty of the winter in the Canadian Rockies. The structure of the tour is wonderful in that it provided us with an opportunity to learn a little about the dog teams and participate in harnessing the dogs before they enthusiastically headed out with us in tow in the sled along the trail along the edge of Spray Lakes under the expert guidance of our tour guide. While on the trail we each had an opportunity to ride in the sled plus along side our guide on the back of the sled. A fantastic experience made all the more complete with the warmth of hot chocolate and cookies midway plus treats for the dog team once their job was done. Highly recommended!

Thank Kylie C
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We had a wonderful guide Chris and a wonderful team of dogs. Chris made it fun and interesting. This a great time if you are looking for a wonderful experience. This was on my bucket list I a very glad I did it.

Thank Irene S
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

The skies were bright blue and the sun was shining in the mountains. It was a perfect day for dogsledding. Dress warm though. If you are there later in the day, the temperature cools down quickly. The dogs were very friendly and you could interact with them. Everything was well organized and our guide was great. Enjoyed the hot chocolate and cookies served halfway through the trip. Good outing for couples or families.

Thank Boltmom
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