Frequently Asked Questions – Winter Tours

Snowy Owl Dog Sled Tours Canmore - Photo by Caleb Huizinga

“Is your team allowed to accept gratuities?”

In Canada, it’s acceptable to tip your guide and/or reservations agent if you feel they did an exceptional job.  Gratuities are at your own discretion and are certainly appreciated.

“How fast do the sled dogs run & how many dogs on a team?”

Our dryland tours are designed to cruise at a mellow pace. Since dogs are living beings and are not a constant, speed can differ. Our teams are structured every day based on the weight they are pulling, the trail conditions and their run/rest schedule. These custom teams are designed with your safety and enjoyment in mind. Guests can expect to see teams from 12? husky heroes.

“Do we get to interact with the husky hero dogs?”

Of course!  Most all of our dogs LOVE to visit with our guests however, we do have some shy dogs who have been rescued from kennels that have been neglected.  These dogs will be wearing blue bandannas for our guests to easily identify and give them space.  There will also be some of our pack members wearing green bandannas – these husky heroes are over-the-top friendly and love to chew on our guest’s clothing and will even grab your hand with their mouth when you go to leave because they want you to stay and pet them!

“Can we bring treats for our team?”

We ask that our guests do not bring any food for our pack given their very specific diets.  Our dogs receive 3 cups of high-calorie broth mixed with kibble and canned food after every tour, followed by a cube of beef/bison meat as a nice tasty treat!  Our two-legged team will be feeding our husky heroes to ensure they are receiving all necessary nutrition and hydration requirements.

“What breeds of dog do you use & are they big/fluffy?”

Yes, some of our husky heroes are big however, many people have a misconception that all sled dogs are huge and fluffy – this is mostly because of the many movies featuring the “show-style” Siberian husky and Alaskan Malamute. However, there are many sled dog breeds that exist that are smaller than the arctic breeds.  We use the Canadian Indian Husky, Seppala Siberian Sled Dog, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Canadian Inuit Husky, Alaskan Husky and the Alaskan Racing husky.  Meet our pack here!

“Why is there a per sled weight limit?”

We believe that dog sledding should be mutually enjoyed between both our guests and our pack. Our intention is to never take advantage of our husky heroes desire to run and pull. Our dryland carts are designed to hold up to 4 participants and up to 4 children under 30 pounds on parents laps.

“Do you take individuals with disabilities, physical restrictions, medical conditions, or are pregnant?”

Yes!  We always recommend that a medical professional is consulted prior to making a reservation to ensure dog carting is an appropriate activity to participate in and any restrictions noted can then be passed on to our team. We have had the pleasure of taking many visitors with mobility restrictions, terminal illnesses, pregnant women as well as hearing impaired and visually impaired guests.  At the time of reservation, our team will discuss options to ensure anyone with and restrictions/conditions are comfortable and supported.

“How long does your summer dry cart tour season last?”

Our new tour experience launches on June 14, 2021, and will run until late October, weather depending

“Can we take photos while on tour?”

Yes of course!

“Are there any age restrictions?”

Nope, everyone is welcome on our dry land tour.