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Where We Go

Approximately 45 minutes drive south of Canmore along the Smith Dorien highway is the Spray Lake. This lake tucked away behind the ‘Goat’ mountain range bordering the East flank of Banff National Park presents you with some of the wildest areas in Kananaskis Country and the Rocky Mountains. It is here along its 24 Km length that ‘Mad Dogs’ offers most of our dog sled & ski-joring tours. This pristine wilderness area offers incredible mountain vistas for the photographer, and a winter playground for the outdoor enthusiast.

Here we share our trails with recreational mushers and other commercial operators. Due to park regulations we do not have as much flexibility for dog sledding as we do with ski-joring resulting in a busy trail at the North end of the Lake. This is usually typical until we have access on the lake come January and can be quite entertaining, offering a unique look at other types of huskies, sleds and operations on the trail. Once January has past us by, we have access onto the Spray Lake itself. Here we get to coast down the length of the lake on our half and full day outings. Rounding the comer on the lake you will see the mountains in their glory all around, it can get quite blustery at times which only adds to the effect of your winter ‘Arctic’ experience with the dogs. But an hour later you will be in the shelter of the trees heading to the en d of the trail for hot drinks and snacks. Our ski-joring tours have access to a few additional trails in the same vicinity of the Spray, some of which get a lot more snow earlier in the season giving us an earlier start.

Meeting Locations & Directions

We operate our dog sledding tours in two different locations. Please refer to the appropriate section for information about your tour.

  • This section includes information on meeting location, directions and other important information for the following tours:

    *2 Days/ 1 Night starts at our kennel location.

    Meeting Location

    Our new trailhead for our Spray Lakes tours is an Alberta Parks designated site called the East Campsite. It is approx. 3 min past our old trailhead at Driftwood Boat Launch on the Spray Lakes Road. If you get to DRIFTWOOD, follow another 3 min and look for an a-frame sign on the left hand side of the road showing Mad Dogs Expeditions Meeting Location. Park into the gate as close as possible, there is no road parking allowed, and walk down towards the dog trucks.

    Driving Directions to Trailhead

    Directions: From Canmore, follow the signs to the Canmore Nordic Centre, then continue on highway 742 south (Spray Lakes Road/Smith Dorrien Highway). The East Campsite is approx. 20 km from the Canmore Nordic Centre. About 3 min past the big blue Driftwood Sign. You will see the parking area just off the Spray Lakes road on the left. This is approx. 5km after the beginning of Spray Lake where the Trans Alta Dam is located.

    Mad Dogs Englishmen Location - Spray Trailhead

    Driving Directions to Our Booking Office

    Our booking office is at The Mad Dog Cafe & Market in Dead Man's Flats. We're located approximately 7 km southeast of Canmore, Alberta, on the #1 Trans Canada Highway at Dead Manís Flats.

    Directions: From Canmore, travel east on Highway #1 (Trans-Canada Hwy). Take the Dead Man's Flats exit. (Exit #98) Turn left onto George Biggy Sr Rd and cross the highway over the bridge. Take the 1st left toward 1st Avenue and turn right onto 1st Ave. The Mad Dog Cafe & Market will be on your right.

    Distance from Canmore Town Centre: approx. 11 km, 12 min.

     

    Take the Information Offline (PDF's)

    Please visit the following links to view and download our detailed tour information about meeting location and time, recommendations for clothing, etc.

  • Boundary Ranch - Kananaskis Country

    This section includes information on meeting location, directions and other important information for the following tours:

    Meeting Location

    Boundary Ranch is just fifteen minutes south of Highway #1 on the Kananaskis Trail (Exit 118, Hwy. 40). It is located in the Kananaskis Valley, surrounded by the towering peaks of the Kananaskis Rocky Mountain Range. Five minutes from the hotels at Kananaskis Village, one hour from Banff or Calgary, and 30 minutes from Canmore.

    MadDogsEnglishmen BoundryRanchMap

     

    More Information

    Please visit the following links to view and download our detailed tour information about meeting location and time, recommendations for clothing, etc

Booking & Cancellation Policies

Booking Deposit & Payment

A 50% deposit is required upon booking for Spray Lakes tours. Full payment is required for Boundary Ranch tours.

For individual bookings for the Spray Lakes tours, the final payment will be required at check in prior to your departure. For groups of 6 or more, the balance is required 7 days prior to tour date unless otherwise agreed upon with the office.

Mad Dogs & Englishmen can accept payment with most major credit cards. Some tours are bookable online, others you can book by calling into the office directly. We can send a link to you for your payment if you would prefer to pay online at this time. A tour is not confirmed until the deposit or payment is received in the office and you have received confirmation of that payment from us.

Cancellations

If the trip is cancelled by Mad Dogs and Englishmen Inc:
  • A full refund will apply. Reasons for tour cancellation may include poor weather conditions, poor trail conditions, guide sickness, avalanche danger, wildlife concerns/activity in the area and other various reasons. We reserve the right to make cancellations if any of these conditions are present.
If the booking is cancelled by the client, the following cancellation policy applies:
  • If the booking is cancelled by the client, the following cancellation policy applies: For individual bookings, cancellations made up to 72 hours prior to tour date are refundable less a $25.00 administration fee. Cancellations made within 72 hours of tour date are non-refundable. If there are extenuating circumstances, such as road closures, car accidents, etc, we will look at each case individually to confirm if cancellation will be allowed. We endeavour to be fair, and in all cases if we can re-sell the space, a full re-fund will be allowed.
  • For groups of 6 or more, cancellations made up to 7 days prior to tour date are refundable less $50 admin fee. Cancellations within 7 days are non-refundable. If there are extenuating circumstances, such as road closures, car accidents, etc, we will look at each case individually to confirm if cancellation will be allowed. We endeavor to be fair, and in all cases if we can re-sell the space, a full re-fund will be allowed.

Children

Children are allowed on tours that show a youth or child pricing. Children 10 years old and older would take the place of an adult and are therefore charged adult price. If is important to know when a child 10-17 are in the adult numbers and this does effect sled loading.

Children 6 years old to 9 years old are considered youth. Children 5 years and under are child. Youth and child pricing is listed only on tours that are appropriate. Both are only eligible for the discounted pricing when 2 or more adult fares are purchased. Otherwise, full adult pricing applies.

Sled Loading

It is our policy to run sleds alternating with one guide driven sled followed by a client driven sled followed by a guide driven sled and so on. The number of client driven sleds will depend on the number and specifics of each tour. Sleds are tentatively loaded at time of booking and you will be offered either a client driven sled or guide driven sled depending on the availability of each at the time. Please be advised that this can change if numbers or conditions warrant it.

With Guide driven sleds, one adult would be in the bucket and the other would stand on the back to work with the guide to drive the sled. Clients will be allowed to switch positions during the tour if conditions are good. A third person is allowed if it is a youth or child. It must be understood that if on the back of the sled, there is a minimum amount of physicality required. It is possible for both adults to sit in the sled if spacing and weight considerations allow for it. If this is a requirement and we need to have a dedicated guide, an extra charge may apply.

On the Client driven sleds, we would prefer to have one adult in the sled and 2 adults on the back driving. A fourth is allowed if it is a youth or child. It must be understood that if on the back of the sled, there is a minimum amount of physicality required. You may need to push or run beside the sled at times. If unsure, please call office to confirm if this is right for you. Instruction will be given before heading out on the trail and you will remain under guide supervision at all times.

"Solo" & "Groups of 3" Considerations

On most tours, we have a solo rider price which would allow for one client with a guide. We do not allow solo riders on client driven sleds as we require at least 2 people on a sled at all times for safety reasons. As we do not mix groups, and you are by yourself and want to head out on a tour, you will be required to pay as a solo rider if you want to book ahead to ensure a spot. Occasionally, we may have a sled available at the trailhead that we can open up for a single rider at regular price but this cannot be confirmed until after 6pm the day before.

Groups of 3 adults can be booked on client driven sleds only otherwise, solo pricing would apply for the third person.

Transportation to Trailhead

Please note that we do not provide transportation to either of our trailheads. The only way to get to our tours at both locations, the Spray Lakes or Boundary Ranch, is to drive yourself. There is no public transportation available. The road to Boundary Ranch is paved the whole way and as it is a secondary highway it is kept reasonably clear. The Spray Lakes road is a secondary gravel road from just past the Canmore Nordic Centre to the trailhead. We ask that vehicles have a minimum of front-wheel drive and good all-season tires, but 4-wheel drive and winter tires is best in case of adverse weather conditions. If you are nervous about driving in winter conditions, we can provide a lead car to our Spray Lakes trailhead leaving from the Mad Dog Cafe in Dead Man's Flats. Please let us know if this is an option for you.

Waivers

At the office or at the trailhead before your tour, you will be asked to sign a waiver. You can view these waivers on our website. You can print them off and have them filled out beforehand if you like to save time, we just ask that they are signed here so we can witness them for you and we do require one per person (children included).

Weight Considerations

You will be asked your approximate weight at time of booking. We allow a max of 250 lbs in the bucket (static weight) and up to 400 lbs maximum client weight (static + dynamic). Dynamic weight would be the client or clients on the back of the sled. When on the back, you will be required to assist with the driving of the sled and a minimum level of physicality is required. You need to be able to run alongside the sled and push the sled at times. If you are unsure, please call office to discuss if this is right for you.

What to Wear

For maximum enjoyment, please dress accordingly. Here is a list of items you should wear for you winter dog sledding adventure:
  1. Insulated winter jacket
  2. Insulated snow pants
  3. Wool or synthetic wool socks
  4. Scarf or something to cover your face
  5. Supportive insulated winter boots above the ankle
  6. Warm toque/beanie/hat that covers your ears
  7. Insulated winter mittens or gloves
  8. Wool/silk/synthetic wool under-layers
  9. Goggles or sun glasses
  10. Sunscreen
  11. Lip balm/chap-stick

Winter Clothing Suggestions PDF

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