Q: How long does the tour last?
A: The tour lasts 2 hours with a sledding time of 1.5 hours.
Q: What should I wear?
A: We would suggest that you wear ski gear, including ski pants and ski jacket. We would also suggest hiking boots or snow boots to keep your feet warm.
Q: Does it get cold in the sled?
A: It can get cold in the sled, we do have you wrapped up in blankets but if you wrap up with the appropriate clothing, you should be fine.
Q: Is there an age limit?
A: There isn’t an age limit; we will take guests of any age.
Q: What is the weight limit?
A: The maximum weight limit per sled is 500lbs. This is spread over 3 guests so the limitations vary depending on existing bookings.
Q: How many people can fit in a sled?
A: We can fit three people in a sled as long as the total weight is 500lbs or under.
Q: Is there a height restriction?
A: No. There is no height restriction; taller people may have to bend their knees slightly to feel more comfortable in the sled
Q: Is there transport available?
A: Yes, pick up from most Banff hotels is included.
Q: What times does it run?
A: We aim to run four tours a day. 9am, 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Pick up is about 1 hour and 15 minutes before your tour time and you need to allow about 4 hours from pick up to drop off.
Q: Can we drive there ourselves?
A: Yes. You can meet in Canmore at the Snowy Owl office if you have your own vehicle. Meet time is 45 minutes before your tour time.
Q: I’m not dogsledding but want to come to take photos and meet the dogs. Can I do this?
A: Unfortunately not. The trail head is down a private road so you can only go as far as the Snowy Owl office in downtown Canmore. Only guests who are actually sledding can come out to the trail head.
Q: What is the difference between Spray Lakes and Lake Louise dogsledding?
A: They are completely different set ups with a different atmosphere and experience. The dogs at Spray Lakes are what we call ‘Hollywood dogs’, all nice and fluffy. There are a lot of dogs out on the trail at once which makes it a high energy, hands on experience. There are guides on every 3rd sled so you may be on a sled that is run by you and other guests. If you are looking for something a little more romantic, secluded or less intense, perhaps our Great Divide Tour at Lake Louise is for you.
Q. Is it cruel?
A. No it is not cruel, Alaskan Huskies have lots of energy and we are harnessing their energy into dog sledding. The dogs love it and it burns all the excess energy they have.
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