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“Such a great way to spend an afternoon.”
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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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“Such a great way to spend an afternoon.”
Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

Howling dog tours was amazing! I loved that it was interactive it wasn't just you sitting in the sled you actually got to meet all your dog and by the end you know them all by name. You also have the option of riding in the back of the self with the driver so you can really get the feel of things. Our guide was awesome super nice and easy to talk to and answered any questions we had about the run and the dogs it was great. You stop half way threw to give your dogs a treat and have some cookies and hot chocolate for yourself. Most definitely worth doing!

Visited March 2014
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Biloxi, Mississippi
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“Worth every penny!”
Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

This tour/company is amazing! The owners are out with you talking about the dogs while the guides are showing you how to get the dogs ready, guide the sled, feed the dogs, etc. I'm a HUGE animal lover & was nervous the dogs could be mistreated or unhappy but the moment I got there I knew it was the opposite. It was the end of the season so our trip was shorter but I would recommend this anytime you're in the area. They'll even come pick you up in Banff at your hotel! Love love love this tour!!! Make sure to give my favorite husky Sky a pat on the head.

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“Nice tour”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

I am from Germany and joined the dog tour with my Canadian friend.
Good tour guide from Australia, good explanations, very nice area and view. Good team.

Visited March 2014
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“Fun for everyone”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

Did this with our 3 year old grandson as part of a company excursion . It was a great experience and everyone had a fun time. Mason even got to help feed the dogs at the end of the trip. Our guide, Martin, was very personable and knowledgable and provide a lot of information about sledding and the area. It was a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

Visited April 2014
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Lloydminster, Canada
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“An awesome experience!”
Reviewed April 10, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Howling Dog Tours. The staff were very knowledgable and friendly. Loved spending time with the dogs and getting to know them. The scenery was gorgeous, the tour was a lot of fun! Our guide (Martin) was excellent. He had so many stories to tell us. The break for hot chocolate and cookies was a nice touch as well! We will definitely recommend this tour to our family & friends and hope to return someday for another tour!

Visited March 2014
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