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February 15, 2009
From journal Winter in Canada's Rockies
June 23, 2008
April 27, 2006
From journal Canadian Rockies
by bwesthoven guide
April 2, 2002
The offices for this sled dog company (one of two, I believe, in the area) are in Canmore. You can then drive yourself or take a shuttle high up into the mountains above Canmore for the tour. The drive up is in itself an experience. It's very steep in sections, but is kept plowed by the power company so that they have access to the dams that dot the river on the way down the mountain.
Several tours are available. We took the two hour intro tour of the Spray Lakes area. There is also a 4 hour tour, a 10 hour tour and an overnight tour. Moonlight 2 hour tours and a helicopter tour are also available.
Sleds for the short tours travel in large groups (I think there were 8 on ours). Almost every sled has 3 people, so you might end up with a stranger or with your group divided. Some sleds have guides on board and you can usually travel with a guide if you request it. Still, the dogs know the routine and they know the route, so "driving" them is not difficult and the guides encourage all the interested adults to give it a try.
When you are not driving, you can sit in the sled under some blankets and enjoy the mountian views and the antics of the dogs. When they are not running, they are generally rolling in the snow, fighting, breeding or making the snow yellow. There is always a lot of activity.
The dogs are a little smaller than the movie dogs and are a cross breed of lots of different kinds of working dogs. Some have German Shepherd, some greyhound, some husky, some malimute... the list goes on and on. Most of them are very friendly and responsive.
The drive goes along a path through the woods and across a huge, gorgeous frozen lake with a mountain backdrop. It gave us our closest experience to seeing the real Canadian outback that we will probably have. If I had it to do again, I might try the add-on cross country ski option to get a little bit more of that feel.
After the ride there is a campfire, hot cider and cookies.
The cost for the 2-hour tour was $80CAD per adult. My only complaint is that I thought the group was a little too large. I would have enjoyed it much more in a group of 6, 9 or 12. The 20 or so people we had was just a little unwieldy and we had to stop frequenly along the trail to regroup.
I rated it recommend because it is clearly not for everyone, but it was a great experience and a change of pace from skiing.
From journal Spring skiing and relaxing in Canadian Rockies