...to the backcountry campsite where you will enjoy a campfire lunch.
As always the safety of our clients, dogs, and guides are of the upmost importance to us. With this in mind and with the new restrictions outlined in the province of Alberta on Dec 8, 2020, we have implemented new booking, tour, and cancellation policies.
Please contact the office if you have any questions regarding our situation or policies. We are excited about the winter season and getting out on the trail! We appreciate your assistance in keeping us all safe and healthy!
The Mad Dogs Team
Our Half day tours begin the same with an approx. 30 min of orientation on dog sledding, dog handling, and equipment. After you assist the guides with harnessing the dogs and setting up the teams, you will head out on to the trail for approx. 3 hours!
You will enjoy an exhilarating dog sled ride with breathtaking views of the Spray Valley. This trail takes you out over the frozen lake then up into the trees to navigate an exciting trail around Mt Nestor to our back country campsite. Along the way you will have the opportunity to drive your sled with the assistance of a qualified guide.
At our backcountry campsite, a hot campfire lunch will be served, prepared for you from the Mad Dog Cafe & Market in Dead Man's Flats. Here you will have a chance to warm up by the fire and learn a little about the history of dog sledding in the Bow Valley area and discuss dog sledding as a sport itself before heading back down the lake.
Tour is approx. 3.5 - 4 hours and is available when trail conditions are favorable
Tour starts at 10:30am
Not suitable for children under 10 years of age
This tour is weather dependant.
Tour duration is approx 3.5 - 4 hours (depending on trail conditions) and includes: orientation, dogsledding, and campfire lunch
The only way to get to the Spray Lakes is to drive yourself. There is no public transportation available into this area. As it is a secondary gravel road to the trailhead, we ask that vehicles have a min of front wheel drive and good all-season tires. If nervous about driving in winter conditions, we can provide a lead car to the site from the Mad Dog Cafe in Dead Man's Flats. It would take approx 2.25 hrs from Calgary, 35 min from Canmore, and 1.25 hours from Banff. See our "Map Page" for more info.
There are a number of dog sledding companies in the Canadian Rockies to choose from. At Mad Dogs & Englishmen Expeditions, we believe in providing an authentic experience, with small group sizes, usually with a maximum of 3 sleds unless more are required for larger groups. By choosing us, you will experience a more personable, relaxed, real adventure... Experience what mushing is really like!
We run our tours with the following configuration:
Guide-Driven Sled + Client-Driven Sled + Guide-Driven Sled and so on...