2024 is here, and with the new year revving up for adventure it’s time to step up and check off a thrill-inducing item on your all-time bucket list! Dog sledding is one of the most popular (and fun!) activities in the Banff National Park region and treats guests to tons of excitement, views, and a unique way to experience the Canadian Wilderness. If you’re looking to start 2024 off with a memorable day in the Rockies, don’t miss your chance to take part in a dog sled adventure before the snow disappears.
Below, we’ll discuss some of the history of dog sledding, and why it’s a can’t-miss adventure when visiting Banff. Read on to learn more!
A (Very) Brief History
Dog sledding is a sport and practice that is estimated to have existed for over 4000 years, and one that is firmly rooted in Canadian history thanks to the pivotal role sled dogs played during the fur trade and their service to the Inuit peoples of Canada. As the name suggests, dog sledding involves dashing across the snow by sled, pulled by a team of majestic and well-trained dogs that love to run! At top speeds, dogs can reach upwards of 32km/hr (20 mph) and cover up to 130 km (8-miles) per day, all while braving the cold and having fun. Learn more fun facts about dog sledding here. While our tours don’t cover quite that much ground, they do give you the chance to experience the awe-inspiring power of these beautiful creatures up close and provide you with incredible views of Canada’s biggest backyard. This season’s sledding tours include:
Unleash The Musher
The Unleash the Musher tour is back! Our most popular tour takes riders through the gorgeous Spray Lakes Provincial Park area and treats you to stunning natural formations along the way. and showcases jaw-dropping natural features along the way. Participants will get hands-on experience and be able to harness the dogs and drive the sled, making this the perfect bucket-list satisfying expedition. Tours depart from Canmore and run from December through to mid-April, dependent on trail conditions.
Want to experience Lake Louise like never before? Zoom through one of Canada’s most iconic winter destinations on our Great Divide tour. This 1.5-hour tour takes guests across the Continental Divide (and the Alberta/BC border) for a thrilling 16km adventure full of cascading glaciers, glistening snow peaks, and more. Learn more and book your adventure here!
Are you a K-Country (Kananaskis) fanatic? Our Mountain Musher tour takes place in the heart of K-Country at Spray Lakes Provincial Park, which features some of the most spectacular views in the Canadian Rockies. This two-hour tour travels down narrow tree-lined trails for a thrilling adventure that’s sure to make lifelong memories and caps things off with some hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies to help you recover from the chill. Learn more here!
Don’t miss out! Book your trip now to avoid disappointment for the end of the 2024 season. Dog sledding is our most popular winter expedition and fills up fast! For everyone’s safety, it’s also important to be aware of how to prepare for sledding, and to remember that you will be exposed to the cold and get wet sling the way, meaning that proper gear is essential. For your safety and comfort, it is essential to dress appropriately in goggles, gloves, proper winter boots, etc. We recommend our cheat sheet here for a beginner’s guide on what to expect.
Don’t Miss Out! Book Your Trip Now!
Contact Banff Adventures today to learn more about dog sledding in and around Banff National Park!
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