Howling Dog Tours

Howling Dog Tours, Canmore: Hours, Address, Howling Dog Tours Reviews: 4.5/5

Howling Dog Tours
4.5
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
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!
Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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Jovanka V
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Apr. 2022 • Solo
My whole experience was amazing! From the very start our van driver was friendly and gave us all cool information about the spray lakes, canmore and the dog sled tour itself.

Once we arrived we were nicely greeted and met our guides. I was lucky to have Pablo as a guide, he made me feel safe at all moments of the tour and taught me all about the different roles the dogs play in the sled. He is very kind and clearly is very passionate about what he does!

Thank you so much for the experience, definitely put this on your Canadian Bucket list!
Written April 13, 2022
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tracimcj06
Forney, Texas38 contributions
Mar. 2022
This was so much fun!! What a great experience that I finally got to check off my bucket list. Spray Lakes was such a beautiful backdrop and the weather was perfect. Pablo our guide was truly incredible. His friendly conversation made our sled ride even more memorable. Pablo gave us so much information about the dogs, each of their roles, and why they were set up the way they were. You could tell from talking to him and listening to him praising the dogs how much he enjoys being with them. Just a really friendly, funny guy. We can not forget the real heroes of the day - our beautiful, amazing dogs!! Big hugs and lots of petting were given to our team - Charger, sweetheart Tequila ( I want to adopt her!!), Roxy, Tank, drama queen Whiskey :), and the very strong, Phantom and sweet, floppy-eared Fire. I will never forget any of them! Getting to help hook up the team, help drive and feed them treats at the end of our run was so enjoyable. This is a must-do activity if you are visiting Banff or Canmore. I cannot say enough about how great our experience at Howling Dog Tours was. Thank you so much!!
Written April 4, 2022
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It is our pleasure to share with you the experience of dogsledding - and sorry, you cannot take Tequila home just yet! What a great description of the team you had, and of course we also appreciate Pablo's love for the dogs and his hard work. Thank you so much for joining us and completing a bucket list item!
Written April 10, 2022
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jfchave
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
Mar. 2022
This was one of our best experiences when visiting Canmore; I highly recommend it.

Howling Dog Tours takes you from their base in Canmore to Spray Lakes and from there, you help your guide, hook up the dogs and learn a bit about them. I never knew the nuances of dog sledding, from lead dogs, to follow dogs, to having an odd number of dogs in a group, rather than an even number. Once you're in the sled, you have two options: You can sit in the sled and the guide can mush, or you can hop out and mush with the guide as well! We did both and both were great experiences. Don't worry about bumps and falling off, our guide Renee has never had someone fall off her sled and she isn't about to start anytime soon! About halfway in, you'll have a break to pet the dogs, let them rest, and have hot chocolate and an oatmeal cookie if you so desire. Then it's back to the sled and to the finish line!

Our guide, Renee, was absolutely amazing. We enjoyed this bucket list item because of her! Props to her for calmly navigating us through every obstacle that came our way. We had tons of questions about the dogs and their lifestyle as we were curious, and Renee answered each and every question with ease. She shared her ambitions of one day doing professional dog sledding on her own! Fingers crossed for you Renee!
Written March 23, 2022
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It is with pleasure that we will share your kind words with Renee! Thanks so much for joining us.
Written March 25, 2022
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JR
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Mar. 2022 • Family
Amazing experience surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Rockies. Pablo, our guide, was incredible and made my 6 year old daughter very comfortable and even got her to stand at the back of the sled. Highly recommended.

Jonathan
Written March 23, 2022
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We will pass on your kind words to Pablo, it is always nice to see the younger guests take part in being a musher!
Written March 25, 2022
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TimandNess D
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Mar. 2022
My 6 year old son and I really enjoyed the tour with our guide Felix today! Felix was very friendly and kindly allowed my son to help drive the dog sled for part of the way. We both had a wonderful time and the scenery was spectacular. Thank you!
Written March 21, 2022
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We are glad your son took part in being a musher! It is always a pleasure to share our experience with all ages of participants.
Written March 25, 2022
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CRYSTAL O
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Mar. 2022 • Friends
Amazing scenery and experience! Big John got us safely up and down the mountain in the van. Felix was awesome, he was our dog sled guide. Most of the dogs are rescue dogs and are ready to run! We got to pet the dogs and give them treats. The views were breathtaking and I’m so glad I was able to cross this off my bucket list!
Written March 21, 2022
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We will pass on your kind words to Jon and Felix! Glad it was on your bucket list, now accomplished!
Written March 25, 2022
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Rich S
3 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Friends
Had a great time on our tour. The staff was very friendly and upbeat. The dogs were happy and seemed healthy and well treated. Our musher Matt was a pleasure, and our driver Dusty was very knowledgeable about the area. Great time thanks!
Written March 20, 2022
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Thank you for joining us - the dogs are definitely our priority. Glad you enjoyed the guide and van driver too!
Written March 25, 2022
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Darshan J
Tallahassee, FL2 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Family
We are from Florida , our guide Pablo was excellent and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed his company riding in dog sleigh. We will refer more people.
Pablo was perfect guide for our tour.
Written March 20, 2022
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Our guides are a very important part of the tour - thanks for you kind words.
Written March 20, 2022
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Lori
Alberta, Canada39 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Friends
I wish I had done research regarding this dog sledding tour prior to this trip as it might have prepared me for what I witnessed. The trip started out great with an excellent van driver, however the shock of arriving to the spray lakes base where the dogs were being prepped will stay with me for a while. Seeing dogs being lifted by the collars around their necks,NOT THEIR HARNESSES, to the guides waist height, jumping on their hind legs or in other cases drug through the snow was shocking to say the least. I cannot wrap my head around why this is the method used to handle the dogs and put them in their line up with their teams. This set the tone for me for the entire trip and caused me to have a terrible ethical and moral dilemma while turning my stomach upside down.
The team members and guides were all very friendly and seemed to be friendly with the dogs however the handling of the dogs to and from their lines wrecked the trip for me over all. We were assured of course that the dogs were all taken very good care of however when I went to pet some of them, many would cower from my touch - which I do know some dogs are shy and timid - however it did make me even more apprehensive considering how they were being handled initially. This was the same case for when we arrived after our trip. Dogs were scooped up by the collar, front legs hanging in the air while they tried to keep up with the guide handling them only to be lifted even higher into their holding kennels in the trucks. I understand these are “working dogs” however they are still living things, and there has to be a better way to manage them.
There is another review on here from 2020 that makes mention of this exact handling which I can confirm is accurate, sad to watch, and alarming. I only hope the $250 that was spent on this trip goes towards the dogs. The sledding itself was ok but tainted with the mistreatment of the dogs. Some of this dogs seemed too small or even too big to be doing this job especially multiple times a day, our guide even mentioned that one dogs harness probably was to small for him after I mentioned he ran funny. Overall left with VERY mixed emotions and a sad heart for the dogs. I would never allow someone to handle my dog in this manner , nor am I interested in hearing a rebuttal or excuse from the company as I am seeing on previous reviews . I saw what I saw. I am also not an “eco terrorist” or “activist” just for exposing my experience and thoughts on the dog handling.
Written March 8, 2022
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Doing research prior to an activity is always recommended. Your opinion was based on a preconceived notion of what you expected to see. We make it clear that some of our dogs are adopted in from other kennels - this means they may be too small or too big for a competitive race team, but that does not mean they should not be a sleddog! 65% of our dogs have been given a second chance at being a sleddog dog because they did not fit the average. They still are very capable of running with the team. They do all have their own personalities, and some are very shy. One cannot generalize this on just upbringing or handling - some breeds innately just don't trust people as much as others, even in the "pet" world. It is our mandate (always has been and will continue to be) to adopt in sled dogs that need re-homing, rather than breeding to achieve a particular look or size sled dog. As standard in the sled dog industry, our dogs are taught to lift up on their hind legs and hop to and from the trucks. This does not hurt them, in fact it provides less risk of them being injured when around the other dogs - they are controlled for their own safety. We are regulated in the provincial park and cannot have any loose or free run dogs, so they are lifted and carried, never dragged. Because we have to transport them to the site and back, and choose not to run them several times in a row, we do have a changeover and they need to be moved around the staging area safely to allow for a rest period. They are capable of doing much more than the 1 to 3 runs per day that they are doing as trained canine athletes. We can assure you that our dogs are cared for by a team who love dogs and only have the wellbeing of the dogs as first priority, 365 days of the year.
Written March 20, 2022
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MeccaDog
Atlanta, GA11 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Family
I’ve personally wanted to experience dog sledding for as long as I can remember, so I’m grateful that Howling Dog delivered. Honestly I was hesitant at first given the cost for a large family but after seeing the amount of work and people needed to make this happen, it felt very reasonable. The tour took place in a beautiful, remote lake area in the mountains. All of our experiences with the staff were great, and our guide Renee was the absolute best. Her love of the dogs, sledding, nature - it was infectious. It was the highlight of our entire trip, thank you.
Written February 24, 2022
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We will be sure to pass on your kind words to Renee! Thank you for joining us, we are glad it was a highlight for you!
Written March 13, 2022
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