Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours was formed in Canmore, Alberta by Connie and Charles Arsenault in 1983 when Canmore was a quiet coal mining town. Surprisingly, sled dog tours were non-existent back in the early 1980’s. The thrill of travelling our majestic back country by dog team was not yet discovered by our visitors, and for many in Canmore, dog sledding seemed to be historical – simply a part of our past. On December 1st, 1983 Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours sent out it's first commercial sled dog team and blazed the trail for sled dog touring operators in the Bow Valley.
Since then, we have grown from 1 dog team and 10 sled dogs to 16 dog teams and 180 sled dogs respectfully! For us it has always been about the remarkable and beautiful sled dogs in our care, always ensuring that any increase in sleds would under no circumstances compromise the ethical treatment of our husky family.
The Musher Life
Another ambition in establishing Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours for Connie and Charles existed in another dream which was to create a family legacy that they could enjoy together with their children Jereme and Carlin. Regrettably, on October 7th, 2006, Charles passed away unexpectedly leaving Connie, Jereme and Carlin to carry on this dream without him. Proudly, both Jereme and Carlin now share ownership of Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours Inc. allowing the family legacy to live on for years to come.
Now, both Jereme and Carlin have started their own families. Jereme and his wife Caitlin (Snowy Owl's Office Manager) have three children - Ariel, Alice and Atlas. Carlin and her husband Ethan (Snowy Owl's Director of Operations) have a son, Charlie.
"It is our absolute honour to share our livelihood with our visitors and to exemplify the dog sledding sport as we believe it should be experienced! We are so thankful for our parents and their determination to create something so special for our family. Thank you mom and dad, we are forever grateful."
― Jereme and Carlin