Adventure Tours

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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!

The Powder Hound Express  - 2 hours of Mountain Magic!!

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Without question, Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours provides the absolute best all-inclusive family, group and single programs in the area, no matter what your preference - here's why:

  1. Lowest per person rates in the Bow Valley - no gouging with "high season" rates!
  2. Incomparable, superior experiences unlike companies who offer a guide per sleigh option only!
  3. Unmatched dog care - this is guaranteed!
  4. Personalized service allowing you to customize your tour!

Tour Includes:

  •  30 minute introduction and instruction - safely learn how to drive a dog team 
  •  1 exhilarating hour of dog sledding fun
  • 30 minute refreshment at the end of the tour with a cozy campfire, hot beverages and sumptuous
  • Tour length: 10kms
  • Tour departure times departing from our trail head in Spray Lakes: 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars (not including tax) and are subject to change:

  • Adult: $159.00
  • Youth: (6-9 years): $85.00
  • Child:  (2-5 years): $35.00
  • Infants: (1 and under): $25.00
  • Per sled weight limits are in effect to ensure the humane treatment of our husky heroes as well as YOUR safety and enjoyment!
  • Please remember our rates are per person, not per sled and each sled is based on transporting 3 people. If you are a group of 2 for example, there is a possibility of a single traveler being added to your sled unless you have chosen an exclusive program.  If you and the person you are travelling with have a combined weight which does not allow for a third person to join the sled (370lbs), a GOLD sled will be needed to ensure we stay within our very important and safe weight limits.

 

Instructor driven sled:

Number of husky heroes pulling this sled: Between 7 and 8 pending trail conditions.

Per sled weight limit: 370lbs allowing room for the instructor without exceeding the above per sled weight limit of 500 lbs. Configurations include:

1) 2 adults with a combined weight of up to 370lbs.
2) 1 adult riding with 1 child or 1 youth or 1 teenager with a combined weight of up to 370lbs.

Best suited for:  Guests who are looking to just ride in the sled and do very little to no driving, guests who want to drive the sled but would rather have an instructor drive with them OR any guests with serious health/medical conditions.  Since this sled is driven by an instructor this experience is not defined as exclusive being the instructor obviously counts as a third person on the sled.

Question: What if our combined weight exceeds 370lbs but we still really want to go with an instructor?

Answer: No problem, you can choose our GOLD instructor driven sled. This means that each of you can purchase the second seat on the sled and ride exclusively with your instructor.  This allows you to travel in comfort, stay safe and within the weight limit as well as drive and/or ride along with your instructor!

 

  Snowy Owl’s Signature Guest Driven Sleds:

Number of husky heroes pulling: between 5 and 6 pending trail conditions.

Per sled weight limit: 500lbs, configurations include:

1) 3 adults with a combined weight of no more than 500lbs
2) 2 adults with a combined weight of no more than 370lbs leaving availability for the addition of a third person
3) 2 adults exclusively (not exceeding 500lbs), owning the entire sled with an additional nominal cost
4) 2 adults plus a child or youth or infant or teenager with a combined weight of no more than 500lbs
5) 2 adults and 2 small children with a combined weight of no more than 500lbs
6) 3 adults and an infant or small child with a combined weight of no more than 500lbs

Best suited for: Guests who want to experience the thrill of driving their own dog team following closely behind one of our professional, highly experienced instructors!

Question: We are a couple and would like to have our sled exclusively, no third person while following one of your instructors! Is this possible?

Answer: Sure, no problem! You can choose to own your entire sled for an exclusive experience rather than share with an instructor or single traveller.  This is our signature Gold Sled Package, the most popular choice for couples or groups of 2!  Why go GOLD?  Each person is presented with more driving time which offers a much more exciting, faster ride.  This also allows for more relaxed space on the sled for each guest.  It is the perfect experience for those who are celebrating an anniversary, special occasion or quite simply would like to enjoy each other’s company exclusively.  This configuration is the perfect choice if you plan to incorporate a wedding proposal!

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Snack menu:
Menu may change due to availability of items

  • Bite size brownies
  • Bite size cinnamon rolls
  • Bite size cookies
  • Hot apple cider
  • Personal birthday cakes from Canmore's JK Bakery (Chocolate or Vanilla): $17.50 + tax per cake
  • Please inform our reservations team if there are any allergies or intolerances

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

The Sunfeather Winterlude - 4 hour Dreamscape!

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Without question, Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours provides the absolute best all-inclusive family, group and single programs in the area, no matter what your preference - here's why:

  1. Lowest per person rates in the Bow Valley - no gouging with "high season" rates!
  2. Incomparable, superior experiences unlike companies who offer a guide per sleigh option only!
  3. Unmatched dog care - this is guaranteed!
  4. Personalized service allowing you to customize your tour!

Tour Includes:

  •  30 minute introduction and instruction - safely learn how to drive a dog team
  •  3 exhilarating hours of dog sledding fun
  • 30 minutes for your campfire lunch
  • Tour length: Approximately 24kms
  • Tour departure times departing from our trail head in Spray Lakes: 9am  

 

Prices per person in Canadian Dollars (not including tax) and are subject to change:

  • Adult: $367.00
  • Child (8yrs and under): $242.00
  • Per sled weight limits are in effect to ensure the humane treatment of our husky heroes as well as YOUR safety and enjoyment!
  • Participants driving their own dog teams must be in good physical condition
  • Please remember our rates are per person, not per sled and each sled is based on transporting 3 people. If you are a group of 2 for example, there is a possibility of a single traveler being added to your sled unless you have chosen an exclusive program.  If you and the person you are travelling with have a combined weight which does not allow for a third person to join the sled (370lbs), a GOLD sled will be needed to ensure we stay within our very important and safe weight limits.

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Instructor driven sled:

Number of husky heroes pulling this sled: Between 7 and 8 pending trail conditions.

Per sled weight limit: 370lbs allowing room for the instructor without exceeding the above per sled weight limit of 500 lbs. Configurations include:

1) 2 adults with a combined weight of up to 370lbs.
2) 1 adult riding with 1 child or 1 youth or 1 teenager with a combined weight of up to 370lbs.

Best suited for:  Guests who are looking to just ride in the sled and do very little to no driving, guests who want to drive the sled but would rather have an instructor drive with them OR any guests with serious health/medical conditions.  Since this sled is driven by an instructor this experience is not defined as exclusive being the instructor obviously counts as a third person on the sled.

Question: What if our combined weight exceeds 370lbs but we still really want to go with an instructor?

Answer: No problem, you can choose our GOLD instructor driven sled. This means that each of you can purchase the second seat on the sled and ride exclusively with your instructor.  This allows you to travel in comfort, stay safe and within the weight limit as well as drive and/or ride along with your instructor!

 

Snowy Owl’s Signature Guest Driven Sleds:

Number of husky heroes pulling: between 5 and 6 pending trail conditions.

Per sled weight limit: 500lbs, configurations include:

1) 3 adults with a combined weight of no more than 500lbs
2) 2 adults with a combined weight of no more than 370lbs leaving availability for the addition of a third person
3) 2 adults exclusively (not exceeding 500lbs), owning the entire sled with an additional nominal cost
4) 2 adults plus a child or youth or infant or teenager with a combined weight of no more than 500lbs
5) 2 adults and 2 small children with a combined weight of no more than 500lbs
6) 3 adults and an infant or small child with a combined weight of no more than 500lbs

Best suited for: Guests who want to experience the thrill of driving their own dog team following closely behind one of our professional, highly experienced instructors!

Question: We are a couple and would like to have our sled exclusively, no third person while following one of your instructors! Is this possible?

Answer: Sure, no problem! You can choose to own your entire sled for an exclusive experience rather than share with an instructor or single traveller.  This is our signature Gold Sled Package, the most popular choice for couples or groups of 2!  Why go GOLD?  Each person is presented with more driving time which offers a much more exciting, faster ride.  This also allows for more relaxed space on the sled for each guest.  It is the perfect experience for those who are celebrating an anniversary, special occasion or quite simply would like to enjoy each other’s company exclusively.  This configuration is the perfect choice if you plan to incorporate a wedding proposal!

 

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

Traditional:

  • 2 Valbella's Venison 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
  • $22.00 + 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
  • $22.00 + 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
  • $22.00 + 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 - 8 hour Dreamcatcher!

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Without question, Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours provides the absolute best all-inclusive family, group and single programs in the area, no matter what your preference - here's why:

  1. Lowest per person rates in the Bow Valley - no gouging with "high season" rates!
  2. Incomparable, superior experiences unlike companies who offer a guide per sleigh option only!
  3. Unmatched dog care - this is guaranteed!
  4. Personalized service allowing you to customize your tour!

 

Tour Includes:

  •  30 minute introduction and instruction - safely learn how to drive a dog team
  •  7 exhilarating hour of dog sledding fun
  • 30 minutes for your campfire
  • Tour length: Approximately 45kms
  • Tour departure times departing from our trail head in Spray Lakes: 9am

 

Prices per person (not including tax):

  • Adult: $667.00
  •  This tour is based on 2 people per sled, instructor or guest driven.
  • Participants driving their own dog teams must be in good physical condition
  • Per sled weight limits are in effect to ensure the humane treatment of our husky heroes as well as YOUR safety and enjoyment!

 

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

Traditional:

  • 2 Valbella’s Venison 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
  • $32.00 + 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
  • $32.00 + 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
  • $32.00 + 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!

 

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

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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 20 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!

We 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

Prices are per person for the flight only.   Prices are in Canadian Dollars (not including tax) and are subject to change:

  • Adults: $255.00
  • Youth 6yrs-12yrs: $132.00
  • 6 and under: Free of charge

For information on how to make a reservation click here!

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

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This tour is based on our Exclusive Signature Package featuring 2 guests per sled following an instructor.  Guest driven sleds are limited and sell out quickly!

Tour times departing from our trail head in the Spray Lakes:  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 are per person in Canadian Dollars (not including tax) and are subject to change:

  • Adult rate for guest driven sled: $256.00 per person
  • Adult rate for an instructor driven sled: $200.00 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 two
  • Per sled weight limits are in effect to ensure the humane treatment of our husky heroes as well as YOUR safety and enjoyment!

2015/2016 full moon dates:

  • January 24th 2016 at 6pm
  • February 14th 2016 (Valentine's Day) at 7pm
  • February 22nd 2016 at 7pm

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.

For our online Reservation Request form click here!

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

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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

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars (no including tax and requires a minimum of 2 guests)  Prices are subject to change:

  • 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.
  • Participants driving their own dog teams must be in good physical condition
  • Per sled weight limits are in effect to ensure the humane treatment of our husky heroes as well as YOUR safety and enjoyment!

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.

MENU:

DAY 1:

Lunch:

  • Chicken/apple flatbread pizza with mixed greens
  • Hot apple cider

Dinner:

  • Protein: Tenderloin or chicken
  • Veggies or salad
  • Our famous family recipe potatoes
  • Dessert

DAY 2:

Breakfast (hot or cold option):
Tea/coffee/hot chocolate
Eggs, sausage and hashbrowns or yogurt, fruit and granola

Lunch:

Traditional:

  • 2 Valbella's Venison 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
  • $22.00 + 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
  • $22.00 + 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
  • $22.00 + tax per lunch


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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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.