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About Howling Dog Tours
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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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Without a doubt, this was a highlight from our time in Banff. We had a fabulous time with our guide and 6 gorgeous dogs. The scenery was incredible and could see the dogs were well loved and cared for. I highly recommend this - worth...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 2786Jessie
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a bucket list item for us, and it did not disappoint! We were picked up at our hotel in Banff (& driver was patient as they had to call us via phone as we were at an the right building but at an...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank auntiekat
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had an amazing experience on our dog sled tour! Beautiful and friendly dogs (and obviously very well loved and cared for), as well as a very experienced and knowledgable staff. We would highly recommend! And thank you to our excellent guide Harry!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Fiona H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We did this tour on New Years Day and it was COLD. However, planning ahead and dressing appropriately helped us out. Our guide Connor was awesome and knew all the dogs and their personalities. He answered every question we had and clearly cared for the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ddilo
Reviewed 1 week ago

We learned from locals that this is the best of all the dog sled rides one can go on. The owners are very good to their dogs, and both dogs and sled guide are very well trained compared to other groups. The adventure is well...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Charles K
HowlingDogTours, Owner at Howling Dog Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

A heartfelt "thank you" for such kind words...our dogs are number one to us!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly a memorable experience. We were picked up from our hotel in Banff and efficiently transported to the venue. We were introduced to our "musher" and our dog team. The ride was exhilarating and you get to help "mush" the dogs. At the halfway pint...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was booked for my family, including my child (6). Overall the experience was okay but the customer service from a man claiming to be the owner was terrible. When we arrived we let him know that there was a change in our party, but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DeductiveSalt
HowlingDogTours, Owner at Howling Dog Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

When it comes to our booking procedures and sled configurations, we do have rules that are set to make sure that everyone is comfortable, that the load is not too large in the sled, and that it is priced accordingly. There is a difference between...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Because of a snowstorm we were unable to make it to the sled tour. We called to change the date and have the tour one day later. Despite available places on the next day, we could not change the tour and were obligated to pay...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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HowlingDogTours, Owner at Howling Dog Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It is unfortunate that the day of this person's tour had less than favourable road conditions. We had no road closures in the basic vicinity of our tours (Calgary, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise) so the cancellation policy was in effect, as we are not responsible...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I really enjoyed this experience. We were picked up from the Banff Springs Hotel and the scenery on the way to the site was beautiful. We were lucky that we had a good day - it was very cold but the sky...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Wynnuman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing experience. Spectacular scenery. Friendly and helpful staff who obviously loved their dogs. In one word...exhilarating! Do it...even if you're old and grey. Thanks to Rich and Alex our guide who worked so hard to get 2 chubby old Aussies up the hills!

Date of experience: December 2018
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996wandaleec
November 3, 2018|
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Response from HowlingDogTours | Property representative |
Hello! Thank you for your interest in Howling Dog Tours. We are based out of Canmore, Alberta (not BC), near Banff. We do not allow any dogs on our tours, sorry! Let me know if you have any further questions.
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MoeMoe666
February 6, 2018|
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Response from HowlingDogTours | Property representative |
Hi there! We run our tours from December to April; the best weather and snow is usually February and early March! Hope to see you on the trail.
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janegracezhang
August 10, 2016|
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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
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