My family of four just spent a few days out at Banff, and after years of seeing Howling Dog Tours brochures, we decided to pay them a visit. All in, we paid $388 for four of us. It's a little pricey, but certainly well worth it. I'm not sure dog sledding is an activity people would rush out to do multiple times a year, or every year... so I think the price is fair. We'll definitely repeat with this company in a few years.
We were picked up promptly in front of our hotel by their driver, and booster seats were prepared for our children (4 and 5). It was a 40minute drive from the Banff Springs Hotel through Canmore, and up past Spray Lakes. There, we were greeted and assigned to our sled guide, Cheryl. Cheryl was awesome with the kids, and introduced all of us to our very friendly dog team. My kids were a little intimidated by all the noise of 100 or so excited dogs, but when I confirmed to them the dogs were just really happy and excited to take us for a ride... my kids became more brave and helped hitch up the dog team to our sled. The ride was awesome... fairly peaceful out in the great Alberta mountain wilderness. We stopped at the halfway point for a light snack and hot chocolate, and an opportunity for more pictures and to hangout with our dog team. I was invited to 'drive' the sled on the way back... which really means ride co-pilot on one of the rails (and try not to fall off).
Overall, it was a fantastic experience, and one that I will surely repeat. The sled tour was the hi-light of our weekend!
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