Do you have a travel bucket list? Places and activities that you want to experience in this lifetime? I was fortunate enough to get to check something off my list last week and that was dog sledding in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It’s an experience that I won’t forget and I even captured the whole adventure on video so that I could share it with you! Don’t miss this post:
Dog Sledding In Canada
If you’re thinking of going dog sledding, you can’t beat the setting of the Canadian Rockies. The crisp winter air, the gleaming white snow and the majestic mountain landscape. If you’re heading to this area, you have to take advantage of the great outdoors. Downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and dog sledding are all great ways to get outside and experience the wonder of one of the most beautiful places in the world.
We experienced our dog sledding through Howling Dog Tours and I thought they were awesome. You meet at their office in Canmore or Banff and then they drive you up to the location at Spray Lakes, which happens to be the same spot where the movie The Revenant was filmed! It’s a breathtaking spot to take in. Be on the watch for elk, mountain goats and even bears on your way up.
When you arrive, you’ll notice the dogs are super excited (and loud)! They live for this and can’t wait to drive your sled. You are paired up with a personal guide and he/she will take you and introduce you to your dog sled team. The dogs are really friendly and you get to personally help harness them and attach them to the towing line. I loved how they really involved us in the process.
The Video Experience
Get the full feeling by watching this short YouTube video! It’s magical!
Once you get going, it’s so quiet and peaceful as the dogs get into their groove. You have the option to sit bundled in the sleigh or help your guide drive the dogs on the back. There’s a photographer who will snap your photo along the way and give you the option to purchase the photo afterwards.
Your dog pack will take you on a 10 km loop in total. At the halfway mark, you will stop in a tranquil forested location where you can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and a walk down to see the Spray Lakes. It makes a for beautiful spot to snap some photos! The whole experience lasts about 2 hours with a second package option for a half-day. Tickets are approximately $169 per adult, $85 for youth and $40 for children. You can bet I’ll be taking my boys back to experience this too!
What’s on your travel bucket list? Leave your comments below!
Love , Kiki