Hike! On By! Tour the Alpine Winter Wilderness of Western Canada by Dog Sled
“…men, groping in the Arctic darkness, had found a yellow metal, and because steamship and transportation companies were booming the find, thousands of men were rushing into the Northland. These men wanted dogs, and the dogs they wanted were heavy dogs, with strong muscles by which to toil, and furry coats to protect them from the frost.”
— Jack London, Call of the Wild
Dog sleds and dog sledding is an important, even a critical aspect of Western Canada’s history, development and culture. While there perhaps is no need of dogs and dog sleds in this day and age, they nevertheless remain part of our traditions in the Canadian Rockies.
Dog sledding is also perhaps the most unique way to experience winter in Banff National Park. It’s certainly an excellent way to see the winter alpine landscape up close, and it can even be a great physical workout for the musher as well – it certainly is for the dogs!
Dog sled tours are available from November through April, depending on snow conditions. Some tours are designed to allow you to just ride and enjoy; others teach you the basics of mushing, with opportunities to handle a dog-team yourself.
Dogsled tours of varying duration are available your preference and level of interest including 1 to 2 hour daytime trips; half-day trips; full-day excursions; and short evening rides. You can also combine dog sledding with other winter activities in and around Banff, such as snow shoeing, ice canyon hikes, ice fishing, igloo building, or helicopter sightseeing.
Contact the folks at Banff Travel to arrange a dog sled tour, or for any other travel needs in the Canadian Rockies.
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