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Mad Dogs & Englishmen

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Canmore, Canada
About Mad Dogs & Englishmen
We are a small family-owned and operated Sled Dog Touring company running dogsled tours out of Canmore, AB in the Kananaskis Provincial Park adjacent to Banff National Park. We have been in operation for 15 years with the British Army our main client. We run 2-hour, Half-Day, and Full-Day. This year we have opened our Kennel for tours during the summer season so we can offer family-dog adventures year round. We specialize in smaller groups and encourage involvement so you can experience dogsledding like a real musher.
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Lizzie C wrote a review Mar. 2022
2 contributions2 helpful votes
I first came to Canada to do a ski instructor course but it got pushed back a month so I thought what else can I do to fill the time. On a whim I researched emailed dog sledding companies near Banff. I was lucky enough to get in touch with Dawn and Russell and they took me in as a volunteer for three weeks. I got to stay with them and their family and work alongside Russell and his daughters. I was amazed at the amount of love, time and effort the whole family puts into the dogs. Russell and his family take so much pride in the kennel and how the dogs perform and how sweet they all are. Their family loves every single one of the dogs and by the end of the three weeks so did I! This was by far one of the most tiring but rewarding experience I have ever had the pleasure to do, and I owe it all to them. My parents even ended up coming out and riding with the mad dog crew and they loved it and said it was one of the best experiences they have ever had. (Ps. The food in the café is amazing too, check it out) Thank you so much Russel and Dawn, and thank you to all the doggos that I fell in love with.
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Date of experience: December 2021
chetters2013 wrote a review Feb. 2022
Bristol, United Kingdom13 contributions6 helpful votes
Dawn was quick to inform us that unexpected high winds would prevent us from going on the longer Spray Lakes tour. She rearranged our tour to the shorter Boundaries Ranch venue. The dogs were excited to be working and all were friendly and in high spirits. The route was picturesque and at times challenging, which added to the authentic feel of the experience. Delicious hot chocolate and homemade cookies were a lovely added bonus. The whole team were kind and super helpful and clearly work with the dogs because they love them. Surprisingly exhilarating and a lot harder than I had imagined, dog sledding is a thrilling and awe inspiring experience. I just wish I could have spent more time immersed in the magic that is created by the team and the scenery. Thank you for a once in a lifetime thrill.
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Date of experience: February 2022
Loewenlifestyle wrote a review Jan. 2022
6 contributions2 helpful votes
Fantastic tour! My husband and six month old went on this tour on January 31. We were led by six amazing Alaskan Huskies across the frozen Spray Lake. We got to stop and take pictures with the dogs and mountains. I sat in the sled with the baby in my lap. My husband and the guide rode on the back of the sled. This was such a unique experience, about two hours in length. The dogs are well taken care of, kindly treated and happy! They've been featured in Jumanji 2 and Snow Dogs! I would highly recommend this experience for couples and families!
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Date of experience: January 2022
JamieMarieB wrote a review Oct. 2020
Canada171 contributions132 helpful votes
We were hoping to see the dogs in the summer but most places in Banff and Canmore were still closed due to COVID-19. So we were thrilled that we were able to go for a fall tour, my 9 year old daughter could hardly wait to see the sled dogs. The Kennel Tour was so informative, I knew a bit about Working dogs and Alaskan Husky but we learned some new information. Husky’s are typically very vocal (Google youtube of Husky’s “singing”) but they settled down once we started walking around. It was great to be able to pet some of them, but we wish we could have been there all day to pet them all! We look forward to returning for a winter sled dog tour.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Cmouse92 wrote a review Jul. 2020
Edmonton, Canada91 contributions14 helpful votes
We had a really good time! The weather was bad in the morning so my boyfriend and I ended up being the only people who went out to go on a tour, which was great! The weather got nice and it was a great time. The dogs seemed happy, some of them a bit shy but warmed up to us eventually. We learned a lot about them and got to take our time on the very neat stops. 👍🏻
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Date of experience: February 2020