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“Summer kennels - best day ever!”

Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours
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Owner description: Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours, the famous forerunners in sled dog touring and racing in the Bow Valley, created the first dog sledding tours over a quarter of a century ago. With over 30 years of experience and expertise in touring, racing and conservation; we are extremely proud of our Canadian and Albertan roots and look forward to sharing our exceptional experiences with you!Our mission is to educate, entertain and provide our guests with a “once in a lifetime experience!” We employ the most qualified instructors, the friendliest and most beautiful, authentic touring huskies who all receive the best possible dog care. We provide guests with the safest tour offerings, all while ensuring the utmost comfort and superior attention to customer service and detail. Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours excels in its commitment to offer the most genuine dog sledding experience in the Canadian Rockies
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Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

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!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

My family loved being surrounded by slobbering huskies and petting the puppies. Clearly well cared for and the interaction helps to ensure that the dogs are well habituated. You have to be a dog lover to visit, but if you are, this might just be a corner of paradise!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys being around dogs. We were so fortunate to be on a tour to the facility that was quite small. Only 5 of us to 183 dogs. The Dog Days of Summer tour gives you 1.5 hours up close and personal with these amazing creature. Learn about them and their winter jobs . We got to see their sole litter of pups this year. Named after the Addams Family. Fun and Very interesting visit (as well as good for the heart & soul.) !!!!Warning ⚠️ take their caution seriously if you have any kind of phobia around dogs, this is very up close and personal with extremely friendly and social animals.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Today my family (including 2 kids ages 9 and 11) went on the Summer Kennel tour. It's a quick bus drive from the office to the kennel. From there, we were greeted by all the beautiful Huskies anxiously waiting. We were able to pet and cuddle them. Jessie was our tour guide and she was very informative. All of the staff were so friendly. I am amazed how they are able to remember all of the dogs' names and each personality. They all have a passion for taking care of these dogs. At the end of the tour, we were able to spend some time with the puppies who were 7 weeks old.
This is one of the best things we've done in Banff!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 19 August 2018

My college age daughter and I went on Snowy Owl's kennel tour and it was amazing. The opportunity to interact with so many dogs was a once in a lifetime experience. The dogs are obviously well trained and cared for. It's impressive that the staff know the names of each dog and individual facts about them. The tour ended by playing with a 6 week old litter of puppies that were adorable! Plan to wear clothing that can get dirty and full of dog hair (but it's well worth it!). We would like to come back for a sled dog ride in the winter. This tour is a must for anyone who loves dogs!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mary O
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