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Canmore Kananaskis Winter Adventures: Dogsledding!

Karen Fennell Posted In: Adventure Time \ Family Adventure Posted On: October 15, 2018

For big thrills with epic backcountry scenery, book a winter dog sledding tour in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and mush your own team of huskies.

Try to resist the tough, hearty and totally adorable sled dogs of Alberta

There is majesty, history and culture in the image of a team of huskies pulling a sled through the snow, particularly for many indigenous people in Canada, for whom dog sledding was once a key transportation mode.

But also: Adorable!
With their thick coats and ice blue eyes, huskies may have been bred to run through the snow, but they may as well have been bred to steal hearts. Alberta has many sled dog operators who offer tourists a chance to experience the unique sensation of being pulled by a team of dogs, but also a chance to get up close and personal with some of the cutest dogs ever.

A Dog's Life

What’s life like for a husky? Go behind the scenes with Alberta’s Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours in Canmore, where the dogs that love to run get a little spoiled sometimes too.

Original Content: Travel Alberta

Dog Sledding in Canmore Kananaskis
Dog sledding is a Canadian experience that can’t be missed. Feel the rush of adrenaline as the dogs mush through the scenic Spray Valley. Book your tour today with:
Snowy Owl Dog Sled Tours
Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions

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Huskies are the icons of dog-sledding, and were used by indigenous people to get around the snow thousands of years ago. While they may be the most famous, huskies aren’t the only breed that pulls sleds. Photo: Mike Seehagel

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While sled dogs are bred for speed and strength, they do enjoy a snuggle as much as that labradoodle next door. Photo: Mike Seehagel

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The genealogy of the dogs at Canmore’s Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours can be traced back to the animals that pulled sleds for some of the first Europeans in Canada’s north. Cool, right? Photo: Mike Seehagel

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Snowy Owl is one of several operators in Alberta who offer tourists a chance to try sled dogging. Others include Howling Dog Tours in Canmore, Cold Fire Creek Dog Sledding in Jasper and Northern Lights Outdoor Excursions in Fort McMurray, among others. Photo: Mike Seehagel

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These pooches are running through the Spray Valley near Canmore, which you might recognize from some rather harrowing scenes in the Hollywood movie The Revenant. The dogs offer a rather more pleasant experience than what Leonardo DiCaprio’s character endured throughout the film. Photo: Mike Seehagel

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Today’s dogs aren’t needed to haul the heavy loads of dog sleds past, so they are bred to be slightly smaller than their ancestors. Frolicking in the snow, however, seems to be an attribute that has been passed through the generations. Photo: Mike Seehagel

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The heavy coats of the dogs used in these teams offer perfect insulation against the cold. Us humans, however, will enjoy a warm blanket and toasty beverage. Photo: Mike Seehagel