Do you love dogs? Do you especially love big dogs? The Summer Kennels tour is going to be heaven for you!
Start at the tour office, get a complimentary shuttle bus to the kennels and then spend one and a half glorious hours with ALL the sled dogs in their summer enclosure!
The dogs are ecstatic to see you, so make sure you wear clothing that you don't mind getting a bit muddy/dusty because they can jump up a bit to try and get pats! They're not aggressive, and your guide will make sure that any dogs that are shy or not feeling it are left alone.
You'll be there when one side of the kennels is having free running time, so you will be literally surrounded by happy fluffers all vying for your attention!
Your guide will also educate you on the different breeds of sled dogs and how they work as a team in the wintertime. Don't worry, that's done in the yard too, so you can spend the entire time giving some top quality behind the ears scritches.
I cannot recommend this tour enough, get your big dog fix! They're all so friendly and happy it's amazing to see. I hope one day I can return during winter to see them all in action, but the summer kennels is definitely not a poor trade off if you're visiting Canmore outside of the snow season.
The info provided by the guides is 100% accurate though - wear casual clothing you don't mind getting a bit dirty, and make sure you love dogs, if you're unsure around large dog breeds, I would not recommend the summer tour just because you may find it a bit confronting when a 5ft+ tall Malamute puts her paws on your chest and demands pats! They're extremely friendly and very safe, absolutely not aggressive to humans, but to get the most out of the summer tour you should be comfortable in a crowd of big pups!
A huge thank you to our guide from today, Megan who was hugely informative :) and to all the amazing dogs!
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