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The Real Banff Blog / Published: Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:00

Your Guide to Dog Sledding in Banff and Lake Louise

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Picture yourself speeding through the Alberta wilderness while tucked in a sled powered by a team of furry friends. It’s cold and crisp, the snow is falling, and every direction brings a breathtaking view. Or maybe you’ve got the reins in your hands, learning to “mush” with the best of them, harnessing the power of a sleek team of huskies.

Dog sledding is one of those special activities you can’t do just anywhere. Luckily, in Banff and Lake Louise, there are many options for you and your family and friends to get the true “powder hound” experience. Check out some of the different tours available, and what they have to offer. 

Snowy Owl Tours

This company prides itself on its signature experiences, and provides a wide range of options for you to choose from, but if you want luxury look here. You can book anything from a basic tour to an overnight experience. Family owned and operated, with an emphasis on the sport of dog sledding itself, Snowy Owl Tours takes its work seriously. You can take part in a one-hour sledding experience followed by snacks around a campfire, or truly immerse yourself in the world of sledding with a two day, one-night adventurous winter getaway, where you can cozily camp backcountry, and spend more time getting to know your four-legged co-pilots. Snowy Owl also offers a unique add-on experience of flying by helicopter to or from your dog sledding site, so you can take in the landscape from all angles.

Kingmik Dogsled Tours

Located in Lake Louise, Kingmik Dogsled Tours is focused on your comfort, running minimal tours at a time in order to preserve the quiet beauty of the experience. Because it’s so unique, dog sledding can be costly, but Kingmik offers a more affordable 30-minute tour for those just looking to get a taste of what sledding is all about. They also provide the Great Divide Tour, which travels from Banff National Park into British Columbia’s Yoho National Park, via the Kicking Horse Pass. On the way there, you can sit back and enjoy the ride, but on your return, you’ll get a lesson on how to drive the team yourself, and can mush your way back home. 

Howling Dog Tours

For those with a larger group, or requiring a bit more accommodation, Howling Dog Tours have you in mind. Instead of breaking up families into different sleds, they adjust the number of dogs pulling you, so that you can soak up the special moments together. The tours are professionally guided, which means whether you want to learn to harness the dogs or just sit back, you’ll get to have the adventure you want. If you’re not quite sure you can handle the coldest of the cold, this company will allow for rescheduling or money-back cancellation when the weather drops below -25 Celsius 


For more information, please visit our Dog Sledding page. 

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