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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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+1 403-678-9588

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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We went with 2 other couples on the half-day tour. It was just the right amount of time and the trip to the Canmore location was very scenic. Our guide, Connor, was very... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went with 2 other couples on the half-day tour. It was just the right amount of time and the trip to the Canmore location was very scenic. Our guide, Connor, was very personable and answered all our question about the dogs, sled and area. We learned so much about these beautiful animals and feel very fortunate to have selected... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My sister and I visited Banff recently for a long weekend. Being a dog lover, this was expected to be the highlight of our trip, and it did not disappoint! Jade, our guide, was awesome. She was hilarious and fit right in with me and my sister. Jade was also very knowledgeable about both the surrounding area and the dogs... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful couple of hours with the dogs and sledding. Our guide Nathan was great and was very knowledgeable about all of the dogs personalities It was especially great to be able to pat all of the dogs as they were all so friendly and most reaaly loved being patted. Highly recommend this tour

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great experience for a birthday treat for my wife and grown up kids. Very friendly and professional staff and dogs! Beautiful scenery and perfect conditions. The dogs really seemed to enjoy their work and would have gone on for miles if they had the chance! Nice to have a hot chocolate and cookie half way around that gave us another... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for the two hour sled ride. Our musher leader was Sep. He was the sweetest guy. He was friendly, informative and amazing! The dogs were incredible. My two year old loved every dog and all the dogs were amazing with her. We will do this again the next time we return. Also the can picked us up at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Well experienced staff with guides happy to show you how to sleigh. You get the chance to both sit in the sleigh as well as stand at the back of the sleigh. There is a short hot chocolate and cookie break in the middle when you can pet and get close to the friendly dogs. At the end you get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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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