Welcome to Winter Tours with Snowy Owl! You’ve come to the right place if you want to try dog sledding in the Canadian Rockies. We’re Canmore’s first and favourite sled dog tour company, going strong for over 40 years. We have a range of tour options to suit guests of all ages. No experience is necessary. A number of our tours also come with the self-driven sled option. The ultimate experience in sled dog touring. Pioneered and branded in the Bow Valley by Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours™ in 1983, this option alone creates a dog sledding experience unlike any other! Take a look at our tour offerings below and choose from two-hour, half-day, full-day, and overnight options. We can’t wait to share this experience with you! 

Winter dog sledding tours

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Winter Tours FAQs

Of course!  Most of our dogs LOVE to visit with our guests. However, we do have some shy dogs who have been rescued from kennels and neglected. These dogs wear special collars so that our guests can easily identify them and give them space. There will also be some of our pack members wearing special coloured collars – these husky heroes are over-the-top friendly and love to chew on our guests’ clothing and will even grab your hand with their mouth when you go to leave because they want you to stay and pet them! Our staff will walk you through the colour system.

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 Seppala Siberian Sled Dog, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Alaskan Husky, and Alaskan Racing Husky. Meet our pack here!

We will start running our 2-hour Powder Hound Express tour in December; however, it is pending snow conditions. We can start running our longer tours in January. Our tours are available until April with snow conditions pending.

If you’re nervous or scared of dogs, please note that our dogs are friendly but energetic and can be overwhelming. They are already hooked up in their teams when you arrive and are not loose, so you can choose how much you want to interact with them. However, they get very loud and excited when it’s time to depart. If you are sensitive to noise or get easily overstimulated, be aware that the beginning of the tour is very high energy, though it becomes quieter once out on the trail. Consider bringing ear plugs if you’re concerned about the noise.

Yes, booking in advance is required. We plan guides, dogs, sleds, and staff based on the number of bookings, so it’s important to secure your spot ahead of time. Same-day bookings are not available, so please make your reservation in advance to ensure we can accommodate you.

Yes, photos of your tour are available for purchase. We work with a professional photographer who captures memorable moments throughout your experience. These photos are not included in the price of the tour and can be viewed and purchased separately. Our photographer ensures high-quality images that you can cherish as a keepsake of your adventure.

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