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The following amenities are all inclusive in every Snowy Owl experience:

  • Scenic, round trip transfers in our spacious and comfortable 2011 Mercedes Sprinter vans. Enjoy this service from most all hotels in Banff and from our office in Canmore.
  • Informative 30-minute pre-tour introduction and instruction into the exhilarating sport of Canadian Dog Sledding (learn how to drive your own dog team) with experienced, friendly, bilingual instructors certified in First Aid, CPR and MORE.
  • Our comfortable handcrafted sleds are equipped with beautiful, warm Pendleton wool blankets, custom wind and water resistant sled bags along with luxurious 4 inch upholstery inside. These custom sleds carry 2 adults, either riding or driving with an instructor or a maximum of 3 adults per sled following safely behind their instructors. Snowy Owl never overloads their sleds.  Squeezing or forcing 4 – 5 people to ride in one sled with the addition of another person driving is uncomfortable and unsafe, not to mention inhumane for any sled dog.
  • With plenty of opportunities to pick up mushing tips from the experts – you have the freedom to choose any of the following options:
    • You can relax in a cozy sled having one of our instructors drive your dog team.
    • Drive your own dog team “one-on-one” with your instructor.
    • Or, for our coveted signature option of experiencing the ultimate in adventure and adrenaline, drive your very own team with the company of your family and friends following closely behind your very knowledgeable instructor.
  • Cozy campfires, delicious hot beverages and tasty snacks are provided on every tour, or try our famous Native Canadian Campfire Lunch on extended programs. We realize the highest standards are essential to the quality and mystique of your experience on tour. We are also happy to accommodate and dietary requirements in your group! 
  • Many opportunities to interact and cuddle with our adorable, healthy, well-groomed  husky teams! Rest assured our huskies sport beautiful, professional, clean sled dog “uniforms” so your interaction with them is more enjoyable!

Additional Services:

    • We offer warm, Glacier Sorel boots as well as high quality North Face Expedition gear for hire if required! Rest assured that our rental equipment is not whatever is left behind or sitting in a lost and found bin!
    • Snowy Owl has a professional photographer on site who will take photos of you as you depart on your dog sledding adventure! With respect, you decide if you would like to purchase the photos – we do not include them in the price in the event you decide not to purchase them.
    • While checking in for your reservation enjoy the warmth and comfort of our indoor gift shop with washroom facilities, a lounge for relaxing, video presentations and a vast array of souvenir gift items as well as technical outerwear for 2-legged and 4-legged beings for purchase!  Visit Snowy Owl’s store Adventure Dog Outfitters for more information 4-legged friend!

Powder Hound Express 2hrs.

The Powder Hound Express 2 hours of Mountain Magic!!

Without question, Snowy Owl provides the absolute best all inclusive family, group and single programs in the area, no matter what your preference!

Tour departure times departing from our trail head in Spray Lakes: 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  All our tours begin with a 30 minute introduction and instruction to the sport and historic traditions of dog sledding.  Learn to drive your own dog team!

Price per person (not including tax):

  • Adult: $153.00
  • Youth (6-9 years): $83.00
  • Child (2-5 years): $33.00
  • Infants (1 and under): $23.00
  • Would you like to have your own exclusive signature packages?
  • Special occasion?  Let us help you make it a day you will never forget!  Contact us for special arrangements!

Trail length: Approximately 10km

snowy-owl-tours-04Harness your dreams with the power and stamina of the true “Powder Hounds” of our majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains! In relating to our traditional huskies, you will develop a new-found perspective for the meaning of honest team work and over-the-top FUN !! Our gorgeous huskies will impress you on an exciting journey exclusive only to Snowy Owl!

At our half way point, take in the radiant views of the mystic Goat Pond while you embrace and cuddle with your new 4-legged friends. At the end of the trail, gather around a warm, cozy campfire for stories while sipping hot beverages and sampling some delicious snacks!  Trails of alluring hills, tranquil valleys, quaint bridges and breathtaking ice-covered lakes fill this tour, enticing you to return again and again!

Snack menu:
Menu may change due to availability of items

  • Bite size brownies
  • Bite size cinnamon rolls
  • Bite size cookies
  • Hot apple cider
  • Please inform our reservations team if there are any allergies or intolerances

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For more information on how to make your reservation click here!

Sunfeather Winterlude 4hrs.

snowy-owl-tours-83The Sunfeather Winterlude - 4 hour Dreamscape!

As industry leaders in providing extended programs and expeditions, only we can offer you the very best half day program available!

Tour departure times: 9am or 1pm.  All our tours begin with a 30 minute introduction and instruction to the sport and historic traditions of dog sledding.  Learn to drive your own dog team!

Prices per person (not including tax):

  • Adult: $365.00
  • Child (8yrs and under): $240.00
  • Would you like to have your own exclusive signature package?
  • Special occasion?  Let us help you make it a day you will never forget!  Contact us for special arrangements!

Trail length: Approximately 24kms

Glide through entwined forests of towering black spruce gilded in mounds of fresh, delicate snow. Beautiful clean, crisp mountain air filled with frosty breath surrounds you as your
team travels along the enchanting Goat Creek. Experience the oneness and synergy of your huskies while taking your place on the sled runners.

Take time off the sled to truly capture the astounding beauty of the day, iridescent skies swirling with patterns of wispy clouds. Your newly established canine friendships are your lasting reward. Enjoy photographing your favorite huskies and inspiring scenic views. As your instructor prepares our famous Native Canadian Lunch (see lunch menu below), sip delicious, hot beverages and relax in the warmth of the sunlight. It’s time to gather around the campfire and indulge in some real traditional Canadian cuisine!

Afterwards, take in “Post Card” panoramic views, while traversing the magnificent Goad Pond or Spray Lakes. Finish your program with another cozy fire and laughter in sharing your adventure with others while selecting the perfect photo from our on-site photographer.

snowy-owl-tours-72Set Lunch Menu (no substitutions please):  

Menu may change due to availability of items

Traditional:

  • 2 Valbella’s Buffalo Whiskey smokies with toasted bun and delicious condiments
  • Homemade Native Canadian bannock (traditional First Nation’s recipe) toasted with real Canadian maple syrup and Valbella’s smoked beef jerky
  • Hot apple cider
  • Bottle of water
  • $20.00 + tax per lunch

Vegetarian:

  • The Flatbread Company’s famous sundried tomato, artichoke and goat cheese flatbread pizza.  Gluten free crust available.
  • Homemade Native Canadian bannock (traditional First Nation’s recipe)  toasted with real Canadian maple syrup and dried fruit
  • Hot apple cider
  • Bottle of water
  • $20.00 + tax per lunch

Gluten Free:

  • The Flatbread Company’s famous chicken/apple gluten free flatbread pizza
  • Gluten free cookies and dried fruit
  • Green tea with honey
  • Bottle of water
  • $20.00 + tax per lunch

Bring your own lunch: 

You are welcome to bring your own lunch.  We recommend making sure that you bring along a hot drink and water.   Please make sure your lunch is hearty!

Add on:

For more information on how to make your reservation click here!

Please note that in order for our company to provide the safest experience for our guests and husky heroes,  our longer programs may not be available early in the season (November 1st to January 1st) as they require additional snow coverage compared to the trail used for our 2hr. programs.  In addition to this, many of our longer programs travel across lakes and ponds which of course is only possible if these bodies of water are safely frozen.  If you have any questions please contact our reservations team!

Spirit of the Dog Society 8hrs.

Spirit of the Dog Society – 8 hour Dreamcatcher!

Tour time departing from our trail head in Spray Lakes): 9am.  All our tours begin with a 30 minute introduction and instruction to the sport and historic traditions of dog sledding.  Learn to drive your own dog team!

Prices per person (not including tax):

  • Adult: $665.00
  • Child (8yrs and under): $465.00
  •  Would you like to have your own exclusive signature packages!
  • Special occasion?  Let us help you make it a day you will never forget!  Contact us for special arrangements!

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Trail length: Approximately 45kms

Venture into tranquil forests at the base of the intriguing Goat Mountains. Perfect your new driving skills as you cruise along the thrilling Creek Trails onto the breathtaking views of The Goat Pond. Your own perfect world…

While on the trail, take a break to treat your powerful, enthusiastic team while you also enjoy a hot beverage and delicious snack. Leap into action as your team regains full command towards the half way point! In these mighty solitudes, they say that if you’re truly listening you can hear the voice of the Spirit of the North…

Cozy-up to a crackling campfire and listen in on stories while enjoying our delicious Native Canadian Lunch, not forgetting the sweets of course! All this while your huskies enjoy their own snacks and snooze.

After lunch, it’s time to harness your huskies and prepare for the remarkable trek to Fortune Mountain and descend down to Spray Lakes for the journey home!

Set Lunch Menu (no substitutions please): 
Menu may change due to availability of items

Traditional:

  • 2 Valbella’s Buffalo Whiskey smokies with toasted bun and delicious condiments
  • Homemade Native Canadian bannock (traditional First Nation’s recipe) toasted with real Canadian maple syrup and Valbella’s smoked beef jerky
  • Specialty chesses
  • Cured meats
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruit & nuts
  • Chocolate bars
  • Baked potato chips
  • Hot apple cider
  • Bottled water
  • $30.00 + tax per lunch

Vegetarian:

  • The Flatbread Company’s famous sundried tomato, artichoke and goat cheese flatbread pizza.  Gluten free crust available.
  • Homemade Native Canadian bannock (traditional First Nation’s recipe)  toasted with real Canadian maple syrup and dried fruit
  • Specialty cheeses
  • Crackers
  • Fresh fruit, veggies & nuts
  • Chocolate bars
  • Baked potato chips
  • Hot apple cider
  • Bottled water
  • $30.00 + tax per lunch

Gluten Free:

  • The Flatbread Company’s famous chicken/apple gluten free flatbread pizza
  • Gluten free cookies
  • Gluten free granola bars
  • Fresh fruit and veggies
  • Gluten free chips & crackers
  • Green tea with honey
  • Bottled water
  • $30.00 + tax per lunch

Bring your own lunch: 

Due to the length of this tour it is mandatory to bring your own lunch and snacks if you do not choose a lunch from our menu.  We recommend making sure that you bring along a hot drink and water.   Please make sure your lunch is hearty!

For more information on how to make your reservation click here!

Please note that in order for our company to provide the safest experience for our guests and husky heroes,
our longer programs may not be available early in the season (November 1st to January 1st) as they require additional snow coverage compared to the trail used for our 2hr. programs.  In addition to this, many of our longer programs travel across lakes and ponds which of course is only possible if these bodies of water are safely frozen.  If you have any questions please contact our reservations team!

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Flight of the Great Snowy Owl

snowy-owl-tours-68The Flight of the Great Snowy Owl (add on) – Pick up wings and soar to new heights!

We are the only company who can provide you with a helicopter flight to or from our dog sledding site adjacent to the magnificent Spray Lakes!

Let our friends over at Alpine Helicopters take you on a world class flight!

Flight duration: Approximately 30 minutes.

With lofty ambitions, climb aboard the Great Snowy Owl! Take in the magnificent views of the Goat and Sundance Ranges of Banff National Park. View the incredible jagged peaks of
layered, twisted rock. You won’t just see mountains, you’ll see the history of 400 million years! Landing beside the beautiful Spray Lakes,
your dog sledding instructor introduces you to your excited team of huskies. These are the days that dreams are made of!

snowy-owl-tours-117We offer this spectacular adventure as an add to the following programs:

Powder Hound Express 2hr tour:

  • 9am dog sled tour: Helicopter pick up only
  • 11am dog sled tour: Helicopter drop off or pick up
  • 1pm dog sled tour: Helicopter drop off or pick up
  • 3pm dog sled tour: Helicopter drop off only

Sunfeather Winterlude 4hr tour:

  • 9am dog sled tour: Helicopter pick up only
  • 1pm dog sled tour: Helicopter pick up or drop off

Price per person for flight (not including tax):

  • Adults: $260.00
  • Youth 6yrs-12yrs: $130.00
  • 6 and under: Free of charge

For information on how to make a reservation click here!

 

 

Legends of the Snow Moon

Legends of the Snow Moon -  2 hours of Enchanting Romance!

This tour is based on our Exclusive Signature Package featuring 2 guests per sled following an instructor!

snowy-owl-tours-93Tour times departing from our trail head in the Spray Lakes: 5pm during December & January 6pm during February.  All our tours begin with a 30 minute introduction and instruction to the sport and historic traditions of dog sledding.  Learn to drive your own dog team!

Price per person (not including tax):

  • Adult: $254.00 per person
  • Special occasion?  Let us help you make it a day you will never forget!  Contact us to make arrangements!
  • This tour is tailored more for adults and caters to couples or groups of 2

2013/2014 full moon dates:

  • December 17th 2013
  • January 16th 2014
  • February 14th 2014 (Valentine’s Day)

Trail length: Approximately 10kms

In our culture as in many others, the moon lends itself to stories and romance! Snuggle under luxurious velour blankets as you travel trails of soft, glittering snow. Descend onto Goat Pond where the magic and beauty of the evening stars and moonlight create that marvelous, breath-taking atmosphere! Mush alongside a quiet river as your team transports you into the surreal stillness.

After your dog sledding excursion, cuddle your loved ones around a beautiful fire, enjoying hot beverages,
baked hors D’oeuvres, sumptuous pastries and decadent cakes. We’ll reveal some dazzling philosophy held by our Natives
and Inuit about the moonlit winter sky.

For our online Reservation Request form click here!

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Ghosts of Fortune Mountain

Ghosts of Fortune Mountain (2 days, overnight) - An Adventure of a lifetime!

This tour is based on our Exclusive Signature Package featuring 2 guests per sled following an instructor!

Tour times departing from our trail head in Spray Lakes: 9am

snowy-owl-tours-61Price per person (no including tax and requires a minimum of 2 guests):

  • Adult: $1500.00
  • With confirmation from our professional team, children above the age of 8yrs old are welcome to participate in this program at the adult rate.
    Please contact our reservations team for more details.
  • An optional visit to our kennel facility at the end of this journey is also available free of charge!

Trail length : Approx. 80kms

Escape with us and take a break from the pack to explore your inner “musher” on a 2 day winter getaway! Begin with soft, gentle trails then progress to navigating intermediate terrain. Keep your team on track over the frozen expanse of Spray Lakes, while keeping watch for the other 4 legged inhabitants frequenting these backcountry dreamscapes!

After a full day dog sledding, spend time praising your team for a job well done, while graciously offering tasty treats to your new furry friends! Assist your instructor in serving each husky a nutritious, hot, protein meal as they bed down for the night, dreaming of tomorrow’s trails!

As you cozy up to the warm glow of your campfire, enjoy a delightful and famous feast of “Family Label” recipes including luscious filet mignon, delectable veggies and sumptuous desert cooked fireside. Sip hot beverages while you learn the legend of our tipi and discover important beliefs and experiences of our Native and Inuit cultures. Spend the night in our warm, top of Everest, “North Face Inferno” sleeping apparel tucked away in our comfortable, fur lined, “North Face” winter expedition tents. Experience the legend of the sacred Buffalo and Snowy Owl!

Rise and shine to a hot and hearty campfire breakfast complete with freshly perked mountain coffee! Ready yourself for a full day excursion beyond the excellent vantage point of Canyon Dam. The huskies, sensing your enthusiasm, will contribute with their own howls in the anticipation of the adventure they will soon encounter! Snacks and lunch will follow into the day.

Our menu for this program will be added soon!

For information on how to make your reservation click here!

Please note that in order for our company to provide the safest experience for our guests and husky heroes,
our longer programs may not be available early in the season (November 1st to January 1st) as they require additional snow coverage compared to the trail used for our 2hr. programs.  In addition to this, many of our longer programs travel across lakes and ponds which of course is only possible if these bodies of water are safely frozen.  If you have any questions please contact our reservations team!

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Adventurous Options

These options enable you to mix and match to develop an adventure that suits you and your group the best! Add the following options to complete any of our tours!

Qimmiq's Ice Fishing Quest

Join our friends at Wapiti Sports for a signature ice fishing experience!
This quest can be added onto our 9am or 1pm Powder Hound Express 2hr tour and includes professional fishing instructor, equipment, fishing license, lunch and transportation.  Please contact our reservations team for more details and pricing.

Snowshoeing

Join our friends at White Mountain Adventures for a 1hr private excursion!  This option can be added before or after our 9am, 11am and 1pm Powder Hound Express 2hr tour or our 9am Sunfeather Winterlude 4hr tour.  This includes professional snowshoeing instructor, equipment, transportation and hot chocolate.  Please note that kids are required to have their own proper winter boots.  Please contact our reservations team for more details and pricing.

Tails of a Shaman

Experience the 1hr. Walk of Wolves featuring our wolf hybrid SHAMAN!  Learn the history and culture of wolves as one of our expert interpreters guide you through this remarkable experience. Designed for adults that are in good physical condition to hike a minimum 3 km winter trail.  Transportation must be organized through Snowy Owl when making this reservation. Please contact our reservations team for more details and pricing.

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