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Howling Dog Tours

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105-712 Bow Valley Trail | Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2H4, Canada
+1 403-678-9588
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Dogs were Fantastic

From the dogs to our guide to our shuttle driver, just amazing, friendly, the owner was there with... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Wollongong, Australia
Amazing Experience

The tour was exciting, fast paced and as safe as this kind of activity can possibly be. Very... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2017
Ruan D
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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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105-712 Bow Valley Trail | Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2H4, Canada
+1 403-678-9588
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Reviewed 5 days ago

From the dogs to our guide to our shuttle driver, just amazing, friendly, the owner was there with the knowledge and background of these amazing dogs. Our guide was Connor had 8 years in the industry.. You also get a chance to stand next to...More

Thank Artsqueen
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

The tour was exciting, fast paced and as safe as this kind of activity can possibly be. Very experienced team that actively cared about the dogs and made sure that we stopped armt some of the most amazing winter views I saw on my entire...More

Thank Ruan D
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

On behalf of the 11 family members I travelled with we would like to just say an enormous 'thank you!!!' for the stunning experience! We came across a number of people on the holiday and I must say the people organising 'Howling Dog Tours' were...More

Thank Declan T
Reviewed 16 April 2017

With the spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies as a backdrop, Howling Dog Tours blends the expertise of their guides with the intensity of a working kennel to give a truly breathtaking experience. If you are in Canmore and you don't take a tour with...More

Thank 1966Nova
Reviewed 14 April 2017

After two cancelled dogsled tours due to avalanches, we finally and thankfully booked an awesome dogsled tour with Howling Dogs....OUTSTANDING! Our musher Tanya Colvin was amazing! She kept us totally informed and safe during the ride which lasted about 2 hours. It was obvious what...More

Thank janbheathsville,Va.
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Everything about this tour was great! Fun bus driver, informative staff, great dogs, and a fun relaxing environment! Would definitely recommend to a friend!

1  Thank Karen F
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Great place, great dogs and good company. Would recommend the big bearded ginger as a tour guide. (Ryan Hannemann)

Thank Renee C
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I had an amazing experience with Howling Dog Tours. Tanya was an incredible guide, exceedingly knowledgable about the dogs and the area. An unforgettable experience that I would recommend to anyone! :)

Thank sull_ape
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Ryan was a great guide, very informative. Highly recommend! Dogs were awesome great scenery and activity if your looking for something to do!

Thank Tara O
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I really enjoyed my experience with Howling dogs, we got picked up at the office and driven to our destination at spray lakes assigned our guide Nikki who was great she introduced us to our dog team, letting us know that all our dogs were...More

Thank joeyvilleneuve25
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10 August 2016|
Response from neilm18 | Reviewed this property |
The area is around Banff Alberta which is world renown for its natural beauty and an opportunity to go on hikes, there is Calgary great city, lots of things to do
Christina W
16 December 2014|
Response from HowlingDogTours | Property representative |
Hi! We recommend that you have warm layers of your own, as well as good socks, mitts, hat and boots. The gear that we lend to you for the two hours is at no charge, but it is based on availability. We have snow boots, snow... More