Howling Dog Tours
Howling Dog Tours
4.5
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 provides dogsled tours in the backcountry near Canmore, Banff and Kananaskis. Based out of Canmore, this family operated company has been in operation since 1995, and is eager to share their love of dog mushing after spending their early years on the sprint race circuit. The fully guided tours include the option to drive your team with a guide, harness the dogs, and reward the dogs with a biscuit and water after the run. Transportation is provided from Canmore and Banff (surcharge applies). Enjoy the scenic ride through the Canadian Rockies! Two hour tours are offered from December through April, and the four hour tour runs from January through March. The dogs are Alaskan and Siberian huskies that come from a racing background. About 60% of the dogs are adopted in from other kennels, giving them a second chance at being a sled dog! The kennel follows the practices of Mush with PRIDE, an international organization promoting sled dog wellbeing.
Canmore, Alberta, Canada
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Abbey K
Morrisville, NC8 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Absolutely amazing experience from start to finish. From the shuttle drivers to the mushers, everyone was beyond kind. Our musher Ben was exceptional! He answered all of our questions, made sure we were comfortable and truly loved the dogs. Highly recommend!
Written February 24, 2024
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Michele S
Phoenix, AZ239 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
This was the neatest experience we have ever done. Team was great, the dogs were awesome. Loved this. If you are trying to decide what the one thing you must do as a visitor to Canada, I highly recommend this. It was quite the experience. We were debating on a number of activities to do while visiting Banff, and decided to do something that you can really only do in Canada.
Written February 21, 2024
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Jyss
Saint Paul, MN593 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We did the 2 hour dog sledding tour. They picked up in Canmore. They were there early, and it was easy to find the pick-up location. It was about 20 25-minute drive to the start point for the sled. The staff was all super friendly. The dogs were mostly rescues and seemed to really enjoy pulling . They do not have weight limits. They match the team to the guest so heavier guests get extra pups or the strong teams. This company, you do not drive by yourself. You can jump and help if you want. We passed by another company where the guest drive and it seemed they didnt have as good control of the pups. The ride itself was really pretty and enjoyable.
Written January 19, 2024
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Thank you for joining us and taking the time to send in review. Our focus is definitely customer and dog safety, so the guided sleds have been our regular program for 29 years! Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip.
Written February 3, 2024
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Julie C
2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
My husband and I decided one evening prior to register for a dog sled adventure with Howling Dog Tours. We found them by doing a simple internet search…so happy they had a spot for a couple…next day at 4p.

The experience was top notch from the start!! Pickup/dropoff in Canmore and a beautiful drive to the starting location (approx. 30 minutes). All guests are invited to help get the halters on “their” team and hooked onto the lead line. We met each of team members and they won our hearts! Our driver, Chris, was excellent and also explained the ins and outs of the sled. Our dogs included Flake and Denali…and 3 others whose names escape me!

Our ride was perfect! Exhilarating! We returned to the starting spot as the sun was setting and helped with providing water and cookies to each of our team! Then had a chance to snuggle and thank them!!

Looking for an amazing and unique adventure? Look no further…Howling Dog Tours! 25+ years experience!
Written January 6, 2024
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We appreciate the positive review and will pass on your kind words to Chris. The dog interaction is definitely a focus on our tours, it's great that you rewarded them for a job well done - they love a good cuddle. Thank you for joining us!
Written February 3, 2024
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Discover24624032627
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
Howling Dog Tours is the best! Incredible experience well worth the time and cost. Definitely a “Bucket List” adventure. Many thanks to Dana and her knowledgeable and efficient staff…and of course, beautiful dogs. Our family will definitely be back!!
Patricia and Family.
Written December 31, 2023
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Patricia, it was a pleasure having you and your family on our tour. The dogs are definitely the star of the show! Thanks for joining us, we'd love to see you back on the trail.
Written February 3, 2024
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Allie W
Sarasota, FL33 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
My husband and I wanted to do something unique and see the beautiful mountains while in town. Howling Dog Tours had great communication from start to finish. The sled ride was great and our Musher, Addie, was amazing!!! It would have been better if we didn't have to stop so much due to other sleds, but safety first AND it gave us time to chat and get great pictures. I recommend this as an easy, one of a kind activity. Dog sledding has a great cultural background and the fact that they rescue all their dogs vs breeding them is amazing :)
Written December 29, 2023
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It's great to hear that you appreciate our choice to adopt rather than breed pups; we take great pride in that! We are glad you enjoyed Addi as your guide and appreciate your support. Thankyou for joining us.
Written February 3, 2024
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Angie V
Adelaide, Australia1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
Sarah, our guide was fantastic. Really knowledgeable and an absolute delight. An easy tour that just requires you to sit back and take it all in. 10 km all round trip with a stop at 5km for hot chocolate. The dogs are adorable all with their own personalities. The start of the tour is loud and entertaining with all of the beautiful dogs super excited to start running. Friendly staff with good senses of humour. We did this tour in our first day here and it set the bar very high for our stay. Highly recommend for anyone.
Written December 23, 2023
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Thank you, your positive comments on all aspects of the tour are greatly appreciated!
Written February 3, 2024
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Belinda D
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
One of the worst business owners I have ever met. I would not recommend this company, disrespectful and unprofessional, huge disappointment.
Written December 23, 2023
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This person missed their tour and did not actually meet the owner; it is sad that we are to blame for their "disappointment". They also reserved through a booking agent, so it is wrong for them to claim "disrespect" and unprofessionalism by our company when they rudely challenged and harassed both parties involved and did not get the results they were after. Cancellation policies are set for a reason, explained in detail, and agreed upon when you confirm a booking.
Written February 3, 2024
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Nick & Sue
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is such an amazingly exhilarating and most of all thrilling fun ride.the booking process is straightforward and easy to follow.
Bus transfer from Canmore to Spray lakes area was good, Bob, the driver, gave commentary on the way.
Arriving was exciting as dogs were excited too !
Our guide Faye was extremely knowledgeable, cheerful and really made our experience an enjoyable one.
You couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces as we felt immersed in this unique adventure.
All topped off by getting to give the dogs their deserved treat and food at the end of the run!
Overall thoroughly recommend this tour and we would not hesitate to do it all again!
Written December 2, 2023
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Thank you kindly for such a glowing recommendation! It was a pleasure to have you on the tour, our opening day this season!
Written February 3, 2024
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HCowie
Calgary, Canada3 contributions
Mar 2023
It was a gorgeous blue sky Alberta day, a picture perfect day to dog sled. All staff from check in to the driver to the mushers were amazing. Lots of fun getting there and learning about the dogs, how they are looked after and how we get to be invovled in the experience. Gwen in particular was an attentive and expereinced guide. Answered all of our questions and made sure we had a great time!! Thank you.

I would recomend that the company give the mushers hot chocolate at the break, they work hard!!
Written March 20, 2023
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